• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Get rid of the no lay off from the contract. Without it people would be more productive knowing they could be fired.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    what about this: this is a huge deal that could make all of this irrelevant, we have been paying into an account for 3 years and have now overpaid by billions.... billions that could pay off all of our debts this year why is nobody saying something and saying wait a minute!?

    As we began working with the Hay Group model regarding the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund we identified an error. We notified the Hay Group and they acknowledged the error. The error was computational in nature and did not affect their overall conclusion, assumptions, or methodology.
    Specifically, the error was the result of the use of the wrong percentages when adjusting the health care inflation rate from 7% to 5% for certain years within the model. When this mistake was corrected, the Hay Group estimate of the Postal Service’s overfunding under current law increases to $13.2 billion.
    This results in lower projected annual payments for the Postal Service. Specifically, to reach the same OPM funding goal, the Postal Service would make payments of $1.57 billion per year.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Improve Maintenance on the Automation to achive a better return on investment. I came from a facility that did hardly any maintenance on the equipment and the jams, downtime, and reacting to operation maintenance was extensive.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    I recommended a web-based direct mail service when I joined the USPS as a carrier in 1994. Nothing ever came of my suggestion! It's still a good idea with the USPS brand name and trust placed in the name!

    There are too many managers, but they won't fire themselves! We've got carrier supervisors that work for a few hours, then enjoy the rest of the day surfing the net and/or talking on the phones.

    Don't purchase any more machines (i.e. FSM, DPS, etc), there's no mail to run thru them with the drop in volume. These machines will cost more to maintain and operate than ever!

    Who's in charge of all these stupid ideas??? No offense, but my supervisor can't write us up, because she can't spell! I'M NOT KIDDING EITHER!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Postal Service should lead by example

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Consolidation is the name of the game. We really need to get back to putting everything under one roof instead of spreading out our operations costing us more money in rent and electric.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    The first idea of the first section of the poll was ill-structured and should have read, Cut management AND supervisory positions, not "or." I suspect the responses to the idea posed that way would shoot the percentage through the roof. Our plant manager just got a $32K bonus at the Tampa P&DC according to an eyewitness that saw the software on it. There is also a rumor that 27 of Potter's minions got their respective pockets stuffed as well. Don't tell me that the USPS doesn't have any money!

  • Reply to: City Delivery Route Consolidation   5 years 8 months ago

    Rich - good to see you are still around

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    I have said it before and I will repeat it...

    remove all Area Vice-Pres. and staff along with the
    District Managers and their staff...
    Put the Postmasters back to their orignal position..

    which is attend community functions and sell the post office like they did before...we do not need postmasters who act like dictators...they should sell our products along with all postal employees i.e. customer connect...

    all the above would show the public we are here for service and would save untold millions of dollars

    thank you for reading ...p.s. i have been involved with the post office since 1960...so I think I know what I am writing about.

    jfa

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    If we provide consistant and reliable service; our product and services will be the best in the world.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Lots of good ideas here USPS. The ??question?? is--will you make that call or will it be business as usual. -- "make that change".

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    recycle, recycle, recycle!!!!!
    cans, bottles, plastic strapping, plastic shrink wrap, paper.
    Some one pays to take this material off of cities across the nation, why do we not make the calls and do the same thing?
    not only would we have the revenue from the recycling, we would reduce the amount of waste that we pay to haul away.
    also, every light should have a motion sensor so it shuts off if there is no movement for 2 min.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I heard that, I get sick of hearing the supervisor
    laughing at emails and talking on the phone to friends
    half the day.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    1. Immediately start charging $1.00 per each hold order per household.
    2.Cut district managers's pay by $22,000.00 per year.
    3.Make it illegal for the PMG to get a pay raise until USPS turns at least a $2 billion dollar a year profit for 2 consecutive years. Also make a specific percentage such as no more than a $1,500 dollar a year raise for every 5 years then his raises will be frozen for 3 years.
    4. Hold management accountable for the Contract violations & payouts to the Union members. Currently USPS pays out millions nationwide for violations. Set steps in place to demote or even terminate habitual contract violators.
    5.Put GPS inside LLV's and all postal vehicles.For Carrier guidance & management tracking purposes. An automatic system that sends a red flag if too much time is spent in one location.
    6.Mandate curbside delivery nationwide. It's mandatory for rural customers. It should be for every household unless absolutely impossible. Where curbside is deemed impossible neighborhood cluster boxes should be used. This would immediately save our office with 23 routes more than at least $75,000 a year, with savings possibly even higher than $100,000.
    Mandate businesses with a low volume of mail daily where deem feasable & possible to go to curbside delivery. This would produce an even greater savings & people will gripe as they tend to when we change policies. They don't gripe when UPS or FeEx does? I wonder why? Because they think their tax dollars run our agency.Tell them they have 30 days to erect a box or they pickup their mail at the office. The postal service should stand firm on this issue & not relent. This should be implemented before we move to five day delivery as it would be ridiculous to say we need five day delivery to save money then we implement five day delivery "a cost saving measure" but yet we are still delivering in the most expensive & inefficient way form literally the stoneage. Curbside delivery would also cut dog attacks in half or more. This would in effect create it's own saving related to attacks such as fuel for replacement carriers. Pay for paperwork & replacement carriers which almost always get overtime in these instances.
    7. Vigorously investigate & pursue Doctors who write notes and customers who ask for notes & request a hardship delivery. As a carrier I have seen on only two occasions out of the dozens in which people truly needed a hardship delivery. Hold them accountable & if after an investigation reveals they do not need the delivery recoup the money spent stop & walking to that house everyday & also make the Doctor accountable & both guilty of fraud. This will immediately deter many uneeded requests. Before going to hardship delivery make the customer & doctor sign forms stating they understand that if the request is granted & later deem unwarranted they will be responsible for any costs incurred by the fraudulent request.
    8.Make postmasters hit a time clock with a card only. Make them punch in & out for lunch. This will save our office $12,000 a year as it is a known fact all members of management go to lunch together & take two hours.
    9.Change Saturday collection box times to 2pm nationwide or 11am. Even Eliminate saturday collections at some locations all together.
    10.Eliminate after 2pm collection pickups daily in areas,buildings & collection boxes within a 1 mile or even 1.5 mile radius of a post office as this is a waste of man hours.
    11.Inspect all routes with businesses on them on saturday for a month. As we have done in our office you may find that some routes may be combined on saturdays due to the closed businesses. Make a set saturday timeline for routes with businesses so that management may capture the downtime from that carrier & utilize their services especially when an office is down a route. Management & the carrier through saturday route inspections can come up together with a set amount of time the carrier will have every saturday in which he/she can be utilized outside of his/her normal route as the contract does not gurantee 8 hrs of work only on their route but gurantees gainful employment for eight hours a day.
    12. Immediately study the effects of curtailing every piece of bulk mail from flats to DPS on saturdays. It is a waste of money some saturdays the amount of money spent on delivering bulk mail & processing.
    13.Make it mandatory to pursue any & all dog bite claims.Mandatory owner lawsuits. An aggressive approach to this is needed to send a strong message to the public that our carriers Will Deliver without fear in a safe & comfortable enviroment & anything less is unacceptable.
    14.Investigate how district managers & management members period treat employees & also how employees treat members of management & other employees as it is unacceptable for any of them to be anything less than teammates. If orders are handed down from the PMG on down to now make the workplace more fun yes fun & less hostile make it a friendly enviroment. Many companies have policies as such & they realize that happier employees work better & are willing to go the extra mile for a nice employer. I am 100 percent sure that this alone can be implemented at the cost of $0.00 only an email and would save many work hours as employees would band together more to do that overtime portion of their route in less time than they requested & to get back by five with no problem. This is a theory that has been proven at my city. Example Our employees at our second office are much happier more friendly. They use less overtime. They go the extra mile even sometimes as I do cutting of parts of lunch & breaks. This office has a much higher mail volume & more routes but uses less payroll. Why? Because the supervisors & acting manager despite getting chewed out for being so nice. Treat their employees as teammates & with respect & dignity. Whereas the first office in my city is the total opposite craft & management are both rude & just plain evil to each other & a ridiculous amount of payroll for less employees is used DAY not week DAY after day. Management should come out immediately with postings & a letter of apology nationwide at each office for the wrongs committed in the past and ask for the craft's hand in forging a new alliance stronger & move foward with dignity & respect SERIOUSLY this time. Together. Management may have to hype it up but this will save hours it is proven through the examples I have given.
    15. The PMG Mr. Potter and the Board of governors should lobby the president & congress twice a week until the current crisis is addressed & not in the form of HR 22 but in the form of a ten year plan to overhaul all delivery vehicles along with the recomendations proposed above. Replacing the entire fleet with an electric or hydrogen fleet. With the entire costs covered by congress. Not the Postal Service's funds.
    16. Cap the Highest paid postal employee's salary at $145,000 until the year 2025 slash all salaries in excess of this until that year.
    17.Vehicles should come with push button parking break. Push button ignitions starters. Push button gear selectors computerized overall engine & tire pressure monitors linked to VMF that automatically refer the VMF when work needs to be done. Also keys should only be at the VMF & remote controlled locks should be used with as this would save time at so called "park & hops" .
    18. Air conditioning should also be used to fight fatigue & new vehicles should be made to be left running without fear or a rollaway/runaway. Better work conditions equal less time used & happier employees use less time to do the job.
    This recommendations if Implemented will save the Postal Service Billions possibly even $400 million in one month alone. If these recommendations are implemented by November 2009 the Postal Service even if mail volume falls further in 2010 can still end 2010 with profits in the Billions and would not have any losses until at least 2015 at the earliest.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    RE: my above comment 'Meanwhile, neglecting Injury Comp. & Sales – will cost you.', should be 'Meanwhile, neglecting Injury Comp. & SAFETY – will cost you.'
    The single biggest thing that would save billions: CHANGE THE EXISTING WORKERS COMPENSATION REGULATIONS! Currently, a person on the rolls of Workers Comp.(not working) can get 3/4 of thier salary married - 2/3s single - FOR THEIR ENTIRE LIFE TAX FREE. Cut them off at 60 - even 65 - & make them take their retirement.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    we have overfunded the paea requirement for the retiree fund by 13 billion, why is nobody noticing this and making a big deal, this is a huge deal the oig messed up and now we are in deep, give us the money back and change the paea to what is now reccomended as in not paying 5 billion a year, but just the 1.57 billion the oig now says is what is needed!!!!!

    As we began working with the Hay Group model regarding the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund we identified an error. We notified the Hay Group and they acknowledged the error. The error was computational in nature and did not affect their overall conclusion, assumptions, or methodology.
    Specifically, the error was the result of the use of the wrong percentages when adjusting the health care inflation rate from 7% to 5% for certain years within the model. When this mistake was corrected, the Hay Group estimate of the Postal Service’s overfunding under current law increases to $13.2 billion.
    This results in lower projected annual payments for the Postal Service. Specifically, to reach the same OPM funding goal, the Postal Service would make payments of $1.57 billion per year

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    The organization is top heavy. There are far too many level 23 to 25 positions at Headquarters. While things have gotten to the point that saturday delivery is on the block, 2 new level 23 positions at each District - in Marketing, no less - are currently on eCareer. While Districts & Areas are being cut back drastically, Headquarters employees continue to live in their own little dreamworld. Have any of them ever been on the workroom floor?
    Thanks to the clueless bloat that is HDQTRS., the last few years have realized the following losses: Maint. Mgrs., Level 16. These reasonably salaried local Manager positions - along with reductions in Custodial & Building Maint. positions were replaced with - the COMPUTER and your Area Facilities Operations...who use an outside contractor. Result: instead of getting the dock lift fixed quickly, you have a probably more expensive contractor take more time, which causes nothing but problems & possible injuries loading & unloading not to mention delaying the mail. Now consider that these aging buildings are not having regular maintenance in any area & that idea that looked SO GOOD on paper - has actually COST us money.
    Then there's Level 6 timekeepers: What HEADQUARTERS employee got an award for THAT supposed cost-saving winner? Timekeeping is computerized - and given to whom? The work group with NO union or spare time - the front line supervisor. None of whom have read ANY timekeeping manuals. These errors = grievances, or, doesn't anybody CARE about 'hidden' costs anymore?
    HRSS: Great idea - move everyone's OPF AND all the bidding - to North Carolina. could they screw up the bids anymore? I don't think so.
    The OIG! What happened to the oldest law enforcement agency in the nation - The Inspection Service? WHY do we NOW have YOU? WE ALREADY HAD INSPECTORS!

    Reduce every District Injury Compensation Office AND every District's Safety Office - but add more HIGH Levels in Marketing and Sales....Does....someone else sell stamps that I don't know about? How many Sales Managers CAN you fit? Where's the work? Meanwhile, neglecting Injury Comp. & Sales - will cost you. What has always been the USPS' biggest cost? What eats up 3/4 of every 1st class stamp profit? Injury Comp.Too bad there's no Inspectors & not enough Specialists to properly manage claims anymore, but hey-WHO CARES! Let's all focus on retail!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Another vote for VOE being a joke!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Not a bad idea we need to try whatever may save money. give all employees Saturday/Sunday or Sunday/Monday off. Also 4 days 10 hours.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Wasteful spending includes:Bonuses/PFP=eliminate NOW no one should be getting bonuses when we are losing money daily, contract workers ( career employees can do these jobs), overtime, 204B, casual, TE's, EAP/EEO (USE THE 800# WE USE IT TO CALL SHARED SERVICES), Labor Relations Specialist isn't lawyer; millions are being spent on violation alone just give it to the Law Dept, workplace Improvement Analyst??? Diversity Specialist??? less traveling, EAS parties and lastly the recent t-shirt purchase (most of the employees were in Mail Processing not Customer Service. Thank You.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Add incentives to keep sick leave and punish those who abuse it.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    How about adding event codes such as temporarily away, closed business, on hold. Would eliminate a lot of confusion and phone calls.

    90% of calls are about holds or forwards. Make this process clearer and more user friendly. OR START CHARGING FOR COA AND HOLD MAIL!

    Improve forwarding, it is a big black hole.

    Eliminate parcel post since we get in trouble for offering it.

    Close the offices in small towns that get 4 customers a day and are 1/2 mile down the road from the next post office.

    Only keep mystery shopper if retail clerks will be held accountable. Otherwise it is a joke.

    Add incentives to upsell. If clerks were on commission it would raise expedited big time.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Four months ago I sent in a recommendation to cut back the area offices to 5 and the districts to 50. I even aligned them by population to the extent that CA would get 6 districts and 19 states would get 0. The eliminations would include AK, AR, KS, ME, MS, NE, UT, WV and others. Based on the management salaries paid in one of the area offices at http://php.app.com/usps/search.php the savings would be over $400 million a year.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Don't waste your time caling OIG. They don't care. They just want to collect the big paycheck without doing anything.

    I contacted them about a supervisor that I know for a fact went into ( or had someone else go into ) TACS and intentionally change her start date. I gave OIG everything they needed to check it out, and they replied that it looked fine to them. So I contacted them again and let them know that this person intentionally went into TACS and had the date changed, gave them more information to check into. And they have done nothing. So this "new" supervisor just gave herself the 6 years in the post office, where it should be 5 years. How nice!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    retire that would save some money you have been here for 36 years. how many more are there out there like you? USPS should have a 30 year cap on employees. USPS and the Unions should have a 3 strikes and your out with employees who keep "messing up" or who want to call in all the time.

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