• Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    When a carrier calls off we have to pivot routes.

    When a supervisor is out, they make a carrier a 204-b and we have to pivot that route.

    Why can't the PM who is in his office doing nothing most of the day, pick up the slack for the missing supervisor, so we can avoid overtime by having to pivot.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Stupid Rules:

    1) Managers waste time picking through DPS every morning to pick out 1 missorted letter.

    2) Offices are not trusted to cull their own outgoing mail for AVSEC compliance flats. The flats must be left in with letter mail. Extra work for A/O's and plant personel.

    3) We just added 20+ minutes of F-4 a day to all 18 and above because we now have to scan every parcel as arrived. Delivery Confirmation tracks Delivery, it is not Express.

    4) We just added a scan for mail distribution up-time. We should be stream lining oporations and trust our managers to manage. Not adding extra work for our clerks.

    5) There are outrageous prices on e-buy items we are required to purchase on-line. We could save a lot of money if we could buy more locally. Don't give us so many choices on e-buy. A pen is a pen. Purchasing personel have to weed through 50 choices to find the best item for their money.

    6) Stop putting thousands of dollars into LLV's that are falling apart. Fuse panels are not substitute water falls displays during a rain storm.

    7) Put a stop to the practice of chasing mail halfway across the country. We pay milage for this ignorrant practice. Treat missorted mail as such and hold the plants accountable.

    8) Cancel secondary HCR trips that contain 1 cage of mail. We could do this by consolidating cages at the plants.

    9) Spend money to fix broken equipment. We pay more in the long run after an employee is injured by this equipment.

    10) Dumb rule number 10 say s no LWOP without District appoval. LWOP saves money and improves morale.

    I will leave you with those 10, there are many more

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Here are my 2 favorite silly rules.
    1. No coffee at our cases in the morning. You can have water, juice or tea - but NO coffee!

    2. Bandaids have been removed from the first aid kits because employees have been using them.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Let us configure our cases as we see fit, give us as many sections we need to make casing quicker and more accurate. forcing us to go 5 shelves only makes us case with both hands one piece at a time. it also forces us to crush and bend flats that aren't meant to be bent.
    2 stops per cell just makes it more difficult on the street, used to be able to have the largest flat as the last piece at each stop, but now you have to dig behind that large flat to pick at the little cards that were cased in behind it because you have two delivery points in one cell.
    also the 3rd bundle system on walking routes makes no sense, the 20 minutes it takes me to case in a walk sequence mailing is a lot less time than it takes me to fumble in my satchel trying to pick out one thin flyer in the winter with gloves on or try to handle them on a windy day. office time pay is the same as street time pay, so whats the difference if we spend a little more time in the office to save some time on the street?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    A silly rule is the blanket push not pull moving equipment. Pushing an OTR is dangerous, you can't really see clearly where you are going. The rule needs to be changed to push when practical and pull when it is the only way you can see clearly.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    If it costs the same to heat, cool or light the post office whether carriers are in or out, then why would you want to increase street time (mounted routes) and decrease office time? We burn more gas and increase the chance of accidents while sorting DPS, runs, etc. which could be done in the safety of the office. Later starting times translate into deliveries in the dark during winter. There is absolutely no common sense in management.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    CPMS LOGS/COLLECTION BOXES - CARRIERS SCAN, THEN THEY SIGN CPMS LOG THAT THEY ACTUALLY TURNED IN THE MAIL, THEN MGMT MANUALLY RECORDS THE TIME CARRIER SCANNED, THEN MGMT PRINTS REPORT CONFIRMING ALL; THEN MGMT HAS TO INPUT ON WEB PAGE THAT THEY PRINTED THE REPORT THAT VERIFIED THE SCANS THAT THEY PRINTED AND SIGNED THAT THE CARRIER SIGNED, THAT THEY ACTUALLY TURNED IN THE MAIL THAT THEY COLLECTED. AND THEN - MGMT REQ'D TO ROUND DATE AND SIGN EACH PAGE OF CPMS REPORT. WHY? ALOT OF REDUNDANCY - CAN FALSIFY ROUND DATE - SO WHY? PRINTOUT FROM COMPUTER ANNOTATES DATE AND ID OF MGMT PERSON PRINTING REPORT; WEB INPUT NOT NEEDED - ALREADY ON WEB FROM INITIAL CPMS REPORT;
    2ND - HAVE TO YELLOW HIGHLIGHT ARRIVE AT UNIT SCAN ON EACH BARCODE; THEN HAVE TO PINK HIGHLIGHT ATTEMPT; WHY? SCAN IS SUFFICIENT AND DOES THE JOB; THIS IS NOT KINDERGARTEN. MGMT CAN BE GIVEN DISCIPLINE FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE - EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT THE TASK THAT DOES THE JOB - JUST AN EXTRA ACCOUNTABILITY STEP THAT IS NOT NEEDED BUT THAT CAN BE USED AS DISCIPLINE IF NOT DONE. MGMT HAS ENOUGH WORK - WHY ARE WE CREATING MORE?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    I'll tell you how I got around this silly rule. I had a picture of Dana Delaney which was deemed offensive. So I took the picture and pasted it on an envelope and mailed it to myself. I said to the offended supervisor, "there dammit, now it is mail." They let me keep it. :)

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Stop giving excessive discounts for work that can be performed cheaper in-house. The USPS has single handedly created the pre-sort industry and it is time we stop giving potential revenue to other companies.

    We give a 10 cent discount for work that postal employees can perform for 1 cent. Where is the sense in that?!

    Who knows recapturing some of that volume would also eliminate the alleged "excess capacity" in some of our plants.

    If we are going to try and be a business, then make the smart business decision capture additional work instead of giving it away.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    EXFC in NYC is done by giving an employee a fistful of $ for Subway and Bus Fare to visit every other office dropping a missent letter or 2. The $10 in postage collected doesn't nearly cover the expense.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How come everytime District sends people down to tell us how much money we are losing, they always send at least 2 upper management types who make $100,000 plus a year?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    In the Indianapolis district, tons of money is spent picking up missent priority mail and then delivered on that same day. I've seen people from two offices drive 60 miles one way to make this exchange. Wouldn't it make better sense to can the idiot who is in charge of the Priority Mail processing at the plant who allows all this nonsense to happen DAILY in the first place? What sense does it make to spend $18 to deliver a piece of mail that the customer spent five or six bucks on?

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    How about 3 or 4 of your MSP scans placed on vacant houses on your route just because we do not listen to letter carriers? Dumb and time wasting.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Our managers have been turned into specialized clerks. Too bad, a few have some good skills and talents motivating workers.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Good point. They used to pay overtime to deliver 5 letters all over the city after 5 pm. Now they use part-timers so they can get their 20 hours. I say let the light duties do this dumb work. Better yet scrap the program.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    wow..where to start..i think the two most important stupid rules are..not allowing the carrier to see the COA's..and not pulling hold, forward, and vacant mail out of the mailstream..this is more important then ever with all of the pivoting...i've carried 23 yrs and nothing makes a customer crazier than having their mail delivered a) to the wrong address b) delivered when they are on hold, c) continuing to deliver it after they have moved..in the name of making the numbers..they are trashing what's left of the "service"...help us

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    why do we have to keep our vehicles locked up in a secure garage and lock up the keys also let them have the piece of crap they wont get very far before it breaks down!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    As we know all rules are to be adjusted and manipulated to suit management on any given day, like no 801 with overtime unless it is saturday and they have given enough OT to keep you out past the trucks leaving time, then you can 801 but Tuesday when you have to take your kid to an appointment and ask to 801 you are told no that would be a violation of the rules. This example is done over and over with all kinds of rules. I agree the no pictures at your case, is not only a stupid rule but a rule that is specificly for carrier/craft, because the bosses can have pictures and other personal items on their desks or offices. You ever wonder why people "Go Postal" believe me it is warranted with ignorant management.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Golden Hour... so the supervisor can nap...

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    without a doubt, that is a "silly" rule, not to mention a waste of money. if an employee is okay with less hours/less money, usps should be grateful.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    it creates double-handling and it is a waste of time by having, in essence, to case each piece twice. once in the office and again on the street. i had a high-volume route(it was 50% NDCBU) that we single-celled precisely for that reason and it definitely helped to reduce street time. plus you are better able to manage holds, forwards, vacants, etc.
    it should be a no-brainer, but higher-levels know best, not the carrier! yeah, right!

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    Paying 4 supervisors when two are only working other are at home getting paid to sit at home.......if a supervisor or pm wants to walk with a carrier just get in the truck why should we waste money paying them for gas when half the time they are just doing errands anyway.....please put more bar codes on the street no better time wasting practice than having to walk to a house thats on hold to scan the bar code and supervisors stop telling me it only takes a minute my job is time and everthing takes time stop trying to justify your jobs

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    We have to back our personal cars in to our parking spots in the employee parking lot. No customer cars in the lot ,just employee cars. Makes NO sense to me.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    I think we should scrap the whole VOE surveys. 20 years of surveying and we keep getting the same answers. We do not reward the good or punish the bad. There has been no fix so let's just get to the job of processing mail. There must be millions to be saved with this program.

  • Reply to: Silly Rules   5 years 11 months ago

    we have 7 supervisors for 11 craft,

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