• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    1. Stop using so many Associate supervisors, just make them permenant or the service must not need them. There is so many in our plant.

    2. Select the best for the supervisor Position, train them and make them one. Don't pull them to do it for 120 days every so often and then have someone else do it and then someone else and the cycle continues.

    3. Big problem, Pieces At Risk. We have been going through this for years on our AFCS's. Well, these machines were made to run "new mail" into the mail stream. Have the offices to take out the open faced mail, mail with internet printed postage on it, mail that has already been processed and is being returned to office with wrong address, no such person etc.. on it and returned Bulk or presorted bussiness mail. We are expected to meet a goal that is unattainable under these conditions. There is no telling how much money has been wasted trying to get our pieces at risk down to no avail.

    I seen it very close hand today as I was looking for a few pieces to run out of a hamper that came in today.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Our worst rule/regulation at the USPS is the fact that there are different crafts under different unions. We ALL work for the same company and should be able to bid on any position at the USPS without having to lose our seniority and start from the bottom up.
    2) The fact that even though we HAVE empty carrier cases sitting in our offices, we cannot use ant of those cases as extra wings for cases that have been converted to 5 shelves. This makes NO sense at all, the USPS is not taking into account the many more repetitive injuries that may occur due to the 5 shelve system which could very easily be avoided by using an extra wing case and converting back to 4 shelves!!!

    3) All supplies MUST be odered from certain companies that are contracted with the USPS, WHY? This does not allow the USPS to comparison shop and save $$$$$
    4) The need to wear ID badges inside the office, we all know who we are and it is pointless when there is no type of security system to enter the building. Anyone could easily enter our building at any time so what is the point of wearing badges?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Agree with you one the VOE. I chose not to turn one in this year. Why? Look at the questions-they don't ask you about what really matters, micromanagement is not mentioned, upper management is not mentioned either. That is where the real problems are at. All the VOE survey asks are questions that are worded in a way so that you give them the answers that they want to hear. Very deceptive.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Totally agree about the redundancy of CPMS. I have to do the 2 scans, load the scanner in the cradle, pull up the report on the computer, print it out, sign and date it, then fax it to the EXFC office. All of this work for what? I am at a one man office, and I live 20 miles away. It is not like I am going to leave without making the scan, since I don't feel like making a 40 mile round trip over a missed scan. In addition there is somebody down at the plant making sure everybody is making their scans, because I receive a phone call if the scan doesn't load up soon enough.

    SPMS is another joke. They come down on us to make the scans on time everyday. What makes you think that there isn't a clerk or PM out there who is going to make the scan when the mail isn't done just to "make the numbers"? Don't tell me it doesn't happen. It totally defeats the purpose of the SPMS system. So lets just get rid of it.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Also we have to leave our vehicle back door open at the end of the day so the supervisor can make sure nothing is left inside. We also a "check your case card" we have to leave on our case when we leave for the street. Then the supervisor comes around (sometimes) after we leave and also checks our case, then turns the card around to show that he or she has double checked. I guess they have to justify their jobs.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    No personal items at case. If I need a kleenex I go get one from my lock. If it gets too hot in the corner I go to my locker and get my portable fan. I was also informed that I take too many bathroom breaks on the street. Delivering mis-sequenced mail in the dps. Don't forget, no talking at your case.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Probably a good idea.

  • Reply to: Mystery Shoppers   5 years 11 months ago

    The main reason why I took an early retirement from the USPS after 28 years is the Mystery Shopper Program. I worked as a window clerk in a high volume office with only 2 or 3 retail windows open at a time and a line of angry customers staring at me all day. If management would worry more about generating revenue in a creative way and not be so concerned about punishing employees for not asking a litany of redundant questions; the Post Office might actually be a place customers WANT to come - and not a place thet dread. Once again, USPS management has ruined the once great USPS!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    we can not buy from the local hardware store. we can not but from the local walmart. we used to be able to. the PM would pay the bill with a money order. now you have to buy from Postal Products or some other expensive company. we had to buy 12 straw brooms. we only wanted one but they had to be purchased by the dozen. recently we could not even get a printer cartridge without POOM approval. Now that is what the USPS needs. Aperson making $120,000 a year making a command decision on whether a printer cartridge is needed. good thing I don't have to ask her permission to go potty.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How bout putting in the end mileage in the scaner and then writting it down on a sheet on the other side of the office every night

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Stop everyone in the plants from spending most of their time running lottery pools, football pools, baseball pools, basketball pools....etc...

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    I thought it was considered a safety hazard for rural carriers to dismount for a blocked box?

    We were told we couldn't have any of that stuff at our cases because we could hide mail in them?!?!?! Guess they don't trust us.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    We have doors like that in our office. Two sets of double swinging doors that open in or out. The exit doors are always blocked with the wire cages that the parcels came in that morning. Everybody has to go out the in door, with big signs over them saying "Do not exit."

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    and they do get bonuses just look it up in the budget.. "spot awards"

    http://php.courierpostonline.com/data_public/datauniverse/usps/

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    we have that rule in our office.. No cell phone use on the workroom floor unless your management and the USPS pays for it... Anyway can anyone answer how much the USPS, who is so broke, pays for Blackberry's for management? I watch my PM who makes 100g, and my POOM who makes 115g have them... um why?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    The SW Area has implemented a rule sometime back that in order to bring in anybody on all day OT they have must higher level permission ON THE DAY OF THE NEED. No preplanning NSD OT. This results in mandatory OT of non-ODL carriers, a grievance and then a settlement for admin leave for the non-ODL carriers and applicable payments for the ODL/TE carriers who missed out on the opportunity to work the OT. So for 2 hours of mail delivery that was forced on a non-ODL carriers, the agency paid 2 hrs OT, 2 hrs admin, AND 2 hrs POT for a total cost of $216 when it should have cost only $96. Multiply that by the 500 plus grievances per year we handle and each grievance routinely deals with 5 + hours of mandatory...

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Wow...Ok...How about Valid DPS changes that "cant" be done because the authorized supervisor retired?...Truck repairs not being done unless hounded with safety rules threatened...VOMA supervisors cutting items from truck repairs to save money....Snow chains not authorized because they dont use them in other sections of the country but OUR roads aren't plowed till afternoon...Supervisors NOT picking up the phones or going to the windows for customers...EAS doing real estate deals on the clock...and disappearing en masse during the day....come on already...inspect.....

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How about the rule that when the usps buys a piece of equipment...it WORKS AND has to pass an acceptance test BEFORE purchasing? Me thinks they buy before passing witness the fss.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    where to start
    #1 - stop chasing numbers for higher level bonus (you know, the $$ that is directed to district and above staff while those who actually produce get the 'leftovers' - let's actually concentrate on the core mission.
    #2 - save paper and printing costs - isn't this info stored for access.
    #3 - mystery shop? - who in headquarters are tied to the contracts for this. again numbers.
    #4 - why staff any management at delivery units? - all direction comes from district office (did I mention these people don't touch a piece of mail and are concerned 'only' with numbers?)
    #5 - evaluate city routes - won't have to worry about numbers.
    #6 - drastically reduce headquarter and support staff - again these people don't touch the mail and the only support (ops) gives is to do things their way because they know your office better (long distance management.)
    #7 - other issues already addressed by other posts like spending $30 to make sure a $4 piece of mail is delivered just because of - you guessed it - 'numbers'. these are not 'costs of doing business' -it's why we're in this mess.
    #8 - all the above do not support our mission - they get in the way.
    #9 - obviously VOE surveys don't work.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Sirs: hiring process for management positions, no ergonomic changes in vehicles, start times, staffing, lack of information on anything from management,no leadership, smashing of packages by sortation design,no response from e-ideas program, regular boldfaced lying from management, lack of service standards, NO safety standards enforcement, no step awards for excelling, dirty working conditions, overall lack of any kind of truthfullness from management, lack of understanding between the field offices and headquarters, overall lack of TIMELY response from any kind of management, lack of interest in the real voice of the employee, marginalyzing of injured employees, lack of professionalism in management relations with employees, failure to adjust to new conditions on the part of management.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    We need a system to report management waste in the PO.
    If you have 7 managers and ll craft, they should be watched and reported as to how much time they are "down".

    2 or more craft should write a report and send it to the state steward.

    Once a month the steward should send the combined reports to the POOM, Area Postal Headquarters, Washington Postal, and the local congressman. The next months report should ask why the previous months management waste was not corrected.

    Sooner or later things will become embarrassing. If a groundswell began to happen on a national level involving all unions these un-needed managers would begin to feel some heat. (just like we are feeling)

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    I second the post about delivering out of sequence DPS. I've had to break off my route, drive 5-6 miles across town, just to deliver a piece of first class rent to own store advertisement, then drive 5-6 miles back to resume delivery.

    Also, having to dismount for a blocked rural box is a waste. I have the same rural boxes blocked on a daily basis, even though the customer has a place to park other than in front of the box. But our district, we have to dismount. I lose 5-10 minutes daily due to that.

    We cannot have items at our case, even though we use them every day. MLNA cards, COA cards, vacant house notices...all have to be removed from our cases. So, we have to walk around the office every morning looking for these items.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    try an get a silly rule eliminated. the PM or POOM may also believe it is silly or dumb, but tell you to do it anyway. we operate with so many silly or dumb rules because of lack of leadership. leadership is an art. they spent a lot of time especially in the military trying to teach leadership. the USPS lacks considerably in this area.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Do away with the current version of the mystery shopper program; it is a waste and I personally find it unethical.

    Figure out how much money is spent chasing the EXFC goals. Don't do away with EXFC (service is what we sell) but lets find out the "true" cost.

    Stop delivering missent mail to offices when the carriers have already hit the street. Unless its express, it doesn't get delivered.

    Stamp stock limits! :-(

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Same thing happened to me....I was stopped, then rear-ended. Then I was told it was preventable because I didn't move forward. I wasn't allowed to report I COULDN'T move because of traffic.

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