• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Really you need all the idea's. Need to become slimmer and trimmer, reduce supv/worker ratio, give real insentives to the VERA so people take it. And explore new area's like the banking idea, already have money orders do wire transfers and more and secure instant document transfers (fax/email) You need them ALL.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    The window clerks at our office have already been instructed to start asking window customers if they would be interested in a P.O. Box.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    You can always tell who's craft,and who's management.Management should realize they are on borrowed time.We're getting down to 500,000 craft employees nation wide,but still have 30,000 supervisors,29,000 postmasters,and over 10,000 headquarters.What other business model has this much overhead.
    First reduce management overall by 30%.Then put the rest of management on a salary.No more getting paid for every hour they work.Also make them work split shifts.They have clerk leads to handle customer stuff during the day.Supervisors only need to be on the clock from,8-12,and 3-6.Now that would save a ton of money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Polls show now is the time the public would accept a change to NO delivery except Express on Sat/Sun. So we should cut Sat delivery by next March. This will create excess delivery employee nationwide. These employees will try to be excessed to vacant positions which are few and far between, so the next step would be layoffs under our contracts.The Whitehouse,Congress, and OMB do not want a 50,000 layoff headline to hit the newspapers so this would push OMB to offer and incentive for ELIGIBLE employees to retire. A refund of your retirement payments for a cut in anuity was done in the late 70's and would cost USPS zero. A 1 yr phase in would be needed to cover the talent drain with a 10% cap at all ofices nationwide by seniority. Option B a $25,000 option bonus would have to be paid for from a budget we don't have funding for, a payback is your money returned to you and costs USPS nothing. It would give a leaner,less costly labor force with Sat/Sun off. Why not?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    The obvious solution to Postal solvency is to orchestrate a 5-day delivery week in consonance with an incentivized early out. And by incentivized, I mean added service time. No one will leave with a cash-only incentive except those already way past their retirement dates. In that case, the Postal Service will actually lose money since the one's taking it are overdue to retire anyway. More than that, this weak economy will languish for at least 5-10 more years and nobody in their right mind will settle for less in times of uncertainty.

    If the above is enacted, no one loses their job because the junior employees will be needed to fill in the personnel positions lost and by going to a 5-day week. In conjunction with that, the Postal Service won't have to scramble to hire new employees because of the mass exodus of senior employees opting for an early out.

    This is a win-win situation for both the service and prospective retirees and allows the service more time to assess the feasibility of other changes to universal service, without having to employ kneejerk initiatives which may bleed more cash and ruin its (currently waning) reputation. A subordinate benefit to relieving the organization of its "old-timers," might be one in which the corporate culture of distrust and disincentivized performance, be turned around into a healthy organization rewarding performance and attitudes.

    Short of enacting the above, the Postal Service will struggle to find its 21st Century identity and market niche. And despite any overtures to privatize the organization, in the case of an electronic communications meltdown -- an Internet catastrophic event -- the "Plan B" Postal Service will immediately become "Plan A."

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    As I mentioned before, I think that it is important to realize that we are living in changing times. We've lost business due to the internet, so shall we continue our downward spiral, as never seen before, due to the day of technology.
    Attempts to cut management, or change delivery to cluster boxes on street corners are noble, but are also futile attempts to rescue an organization whose only pitfall is its slow and indecisive reaction to a changing world.

    We are (k)ING of sortation with our advanced machinery and experts on transporing the mail from office to office. We are second to none.

    As far as we've come in moving the mail out on the street, however, our delivery mechanism is outdated.

    We need to contract space in places where foot travel is frequent and/or heavy and/or popular and/or desirable and/or accessible and/or convenient, and deliver the mail to interior boxes.

    Wal-Mart, or any store that has a pharmacy is a logical, sensible choice. Mail will be available to the general public, seven days a week, not six or five, or three.

    The effects of the internet took us by surprise.

    Wal-Mart can do it without us. Offer us more competition that could be our final blow.

    Think about it. They offer their customers a Wal-stamp and send mail from department store to department store.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Yeah, we have an OIC at the moment and our Postmaster is out doing route adjustments. Pay him what a city carrier makes and don't pay two station managers.. What a waste of money. We have people who can't cut it in their offices and they float around doing adjustments or other office work just to find them a position.. When I worked for Dupont years ago while going to school, if you were injured and not suitable for employment, you were retrained and cut loose.. The Postal Service is a walking welfare system for many. In our office the majority of people are decent,hardworking people,but the minority of employees who "milk" it make it rough on the majority.. The service has to grow some ...... and run it like a business.. Maybe educate the managers.. Not every mail-handler knows the facts about carrying mail. It only looks good on paper.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    I agree 100% with your comments. Having been on "both sides of the fence", I can relate.. Sure we have our "milkers",but in 26 years, I've more than earned my pay check. The 5 day work week would work for me.. My complaint about some of our employees.. and they are the ones who passed probation and have been on light duty almost the remainder of their career. The Postmaster hired these people and the supervisors kept them after their 90 days were up.. In our office many of the light duty employees are friends of the supervisor and walk around doing nothing. They can drive to work,but they can't deliver or take out express mail or sections to people on the o.t. list. The whole system has to be revamped.. Maybe we should carry like rural carriers? After 26 years, unless we fold, I plan on working another 10 years..

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    I know technology is a great thing and it is very useful to the longevity of some companies as well as the USPS but when you have a machine that sorts letters like the DPS machine and is NEVER 100% accurate then there is a problem. I'm not looking for a perfect machine and I know there is no perfect human. For the past 2 years the Letter Carriers in my office (district)have been told to deliver any mis-sequenced DPS 1st class letters (daily). We have seen gas prices sore, our wages increase and mail volume decrease yet it is a big waste delivering a mis-sequenced 1st class letter.
    My opinion is either:
    1. Stop making Letter Carriers deliver mis-sequenced DPS.
    2. The time you spend having clerks run our DPS is the time I could case my own letters with better accuracy than a DPS machine. That means I don't waste time driving around in the afternoon deivering mis-sequenced DPS. That means it saves gas, time and our pride because when my customers have weird looks on their faces for getting mail twice in one day. Is that a good image for the USPS? Multi-million or billion dollar machines and a human is still correcting it. The customers are trying to figure why the Letter Carriers don't sort the mail in the first place? I should not be getting letters for other routes, states or countries like I have been. Let us case our own mail if you are so worried about the 1 st class bill I have to deliver when I'm done on my route.
    3. Do not implement the FSS. The USPS is wasting money trying to fit the machines in buildings. The same results will happen as the DPS machines. The USPS need to start relying on the best products that they have, their employees.
    4. USPS management needs to be compliant with the contract, same as the employees. I've done over 400 grievances in 3 years and have won all but 36.
    5. Make managers be accountable for unnessesary grievances. When an employee loses a grievance, that employee suffers the results of that action. When management loses the grievance, what happens? Nothing. No penalty. No incentive to stop violating the contract. Simple. Saves money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    My idea is take away USPS provided cell phones from postmasters and everyone else. These people make anywhere from $80K up and I think they can provide their own phones. I can't even imagine how much money that would save.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    CSRS employees need an incentive to go. Add 5 years or even a month for each year and there will be a lot of "older" guys (and gals) leaving.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Go to NDCBU boxes on every street corner! That would save money in two ways.

    1) Injury rate among carrier craft would plummet, saving the USPS BILLIONS over many years!

    2) Routes could be made longer, because putting mail in a NDCBU box would be MUCH more efficient, than delivering house to house!

    If customers complain, tell them postage rate increases will be held to a minimum, becuase of increased productivity.

  • Reply to: To Cut or Not to Cut: That's the Negotiating Question   5 years 9 months ago

    RARC host, this is in rebuttal to your comment on my earlier post. I don’t think you get it; viewed from whatever perspective the status quo is driving us to bankruptcy. When I have to do the work of disassembling a piece of equipment, transporting parts to be welded and the reassembling the equipment and then go to a contractor to pay the welder because we have no means to pay the bill, something is wrong. There is no reason we could not have done an ebuy transaction and paid with a no fee money order other than some petty bureaucrat being incapable of independent thought. You will never convince me that going through FSO to pay our bills is cost effective. The actual cost of the welding was approximately $50.00, how much do you think the postal service paid out? If this were an isolated incident I could grumble a little and forget about it, but this is how business is done.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    You took the words right out of my mouth. The only incentive city carriers have is a paycheck and going home when they are done. With the fluctuation of mail the way it is we need definitely look at evaluating all routes. The way it is now city carriers go slow for more dough. This will eliminate that old paradigm and give them some incentive. Most city routes can be done in 5-7 hours. The old school of carrying mail has them waiting on the street or slowing down to make 8 hours. Makes no sense.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Pay employees a lump sum pay-out of their sick leave as an incentive to take the VERA. You will have many takers. Rather than attaching sick leave to their retirement this is money already committed and it want hurt the buget. Of course, this must come with no strings attached or retrictions.

    I think the USPS can start saving a bunch of money in a hurry.

    Reply ifyou are CSRS emmployee wanting a way out with incentive

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Closing small offices would be more of a hassle than it is worth. You would be spending more money in fighting the citizens than the money you would lose in operations.
    A better option would be to diversify the small office operation, such as having more of them do passports. When I worked in a level 21 office, we had more passport appointments than we could handle. That work could have easily been handed off to a smaller office.

    Another good option would be to team up with other government agencies to share work. It would save the other agencies money, and it could help to small PO's turn a profit. Think of them as mini government centers.

    Finally, and I keep saying this, give customers a free PO Box in lieu of rural delivery. This is a very easy way to save millions.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Cut managment we do not need area vice presidents,presidents,there is just way too much middle to upper managment and from what im reading potter and his top people are still making bonuses. ALso nobody else gets hired. Make walking routes curbside when someone retires so that no new position can be made. Keep what people do have a job employeed, rent out the side of postal trucks to advertising.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Isn't that what all of the micromanaging is for that we have already?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    First, USPS needs to cut down on the redundant management positions. Second, USPS needs to go to an evaluated delivery pay system for City Carriers (Way too much OT being paid out). Third, USPS needs to train management to follow the Union Contracts. USPS pays out way too much money for work that was never performed in settlements. Fourth, Contracts need to be renegotiated. The 8 hour guarantee needs to go. Too many employees sitting around with no work. Employees should pay the same amount as other Feds for health benefits. Finally, offer a VERA with some kind of incentive to cut down the ranks. The USPS does not need to lay anyone off. There is more than enough work for everyone. We just need to be able to move people to where the work is.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    here! here!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Actually, making customers rent PO Boxes in lieu of rural delivery would save millions. Reinstate the old half mile rule where if you are within a certain distance of an office, you would be required to get a no fee PO Box. There would be roughly a $130 savings per delivery point. It's not like they would travel much farther than many people with CBUs, their mail would be safe, and it would increase the productivity of the level 11/13 offices. I wish that they would give this some serious consideration. Either that or start charging for delivery, which in any other business would be considered the "premium service".

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    What do postmasters in big offices do anyways? There should be a detailed itenerary mailed to us carriers in the moring from ONE manager in the district that we answer to, not two hundred, which record every petty thing that ammount to nothing but wasted paper and payroll. That kind of nonsense is killing the postal service, not effiency of carriers. Wake up USPS, you are doing this to yourselves because you are too bloated. Streamline managementand we will be bleeding green!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    One of the ways to make money would be to have tracking of a package or letter that is sent first class or priority overseas.Many of our customers want this.

  • Reply to: To Cut or Not to Cut: That's the Negotiating Question   5 years 9 months ago

    Its is all about ego, power and compliance. Good ideas are usually treated with disdain. They will require work and possibly make the management appear short sighted. Therefore if your ego comes before your desire to increase efficiency then most ideas will be trashed. There are absolutely no educational requirements for even top level PCES orhigher level EAS 20 and above. Why? Can the Post Office survive with uneducated executives in charge of this so called National Treasure?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas Part 2   5 years 9 months ago

    Okay if we get rid of the sat. deliver you better prey like hell to get someone to cover your route. No RCA or te are going to stick around hoping and preying for your vaction once a year or the day your too sick to report.

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