• Reply to: Safety First!   3 years 8 months ago

    Hello, truthbetold, We appreciate your comments on all of the OSHA related issues. Also, we have followed your suggestion that the second question needed to be made into two separate questions.

  • Reply to: Too Costly to Keep On Truckin?   3 years 8 months ago

    Good morning,
    I understand the LLV’s are having problems with the rear tail lamp plug (vehicle side) and the only fix has been to replace the complete harness. I offer the correct Packard plug (vehicle side) with 6” of 16 gauge wire. This eliminates the need to replace the complete wiring harness.
    I have already provided a few to a Harrisburg VMF with great results.
    Can anyone help me get the word out to other VMF’s to save a ton of money.
    Email me at don@levineautoparts.com

  • Reply to: Workforce Flexibility – Would it Work for the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    Here's the discipline.
    Even convicted felons in federal & state prisons get health care & dental.
    A single payer health policy these days is $350.00/month.

  • Reply to: Safety First!   3 years 8 months ago

    There are curently less than 272 Processing Distribution Centers and Facilities.
    The USPS no longer is a participant in the VPP Corporate program. OHSA did not renew the USPS application which expired in April of this year.
    The second question,"Did you report your concern(s) and did management take appropriate action?" is misleading. A yes response would apply for the concern and action taken. A no response would also apply to both the concern and action taken. You did not give an option for answering the concern and action or inaction taken differently.

  • Reply to: Cast Your Vote via the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    For which purpose does the USPS have any relevance
    to the FEC? Except, "delivering" voter information,
    and absentee ballots administered by each of the local
    jurisdictions, via it's mail service.
    And, of course the campaign "clutter" which is simply
    flooding the mail systems at election time.

    Rather, the FEC (Federal Election Commission)should consider technology to achieve the necessary initiatives to satisfy it's mission objective's.
    Then, it should present this proposal to each
    local respective election jurisdiction for consideration. And, I don't mean touch screen ballot
    machines!

    Hopefully, some of the less draconian jurisdictions
    will have the spine to integrate telephone voting
    technologies* to achieve this. We bank electronically, file unemployment by electronically, and of course twitter electronically....

    This way the USPS can focus on reducing their $3.5 billion quarterly deficits, which appears to becoming the norm. And then, simply continue to process
    election mail as necessary.

    However, based on the electorate participation levels in my jurisdiction, where I've been active for thirty years; I get the feeling the the party committee's, at least those in power, "ahem", like things just the way they are....

    *i.e. Triple DES, fastap keypad's, etc...

  • Reply to: What Does Apple’s New iPad Mean for the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    I belong to those people who "didn't have luck with iPad". Because of overheating and constant system errors I had to replace it with another one.
    As for iPad features and capabilities - both thumbs up!

  • Reply to: Automated Package Stations – Rapidly Expanding Service in Europe!   3 years 8 months ago

    This article highlights the successes the German Postal Service is experiencing by developing a low cost parcel collection and delivery system that fits neatly within the modern economy. One wonders if this is a better strategy to follow than mere organizational downsizing as hard copy letter volumes decline due to the internet. Sure it requires investment and it would put pressure on private parcel companies in the US; but what are the long term alternatives? Should the US Postal Service only deliver parcels and letters where private companies find it too costly? Or should it compete by deploying PACKSTATIONS?

  • Reply to: Automated Package Stations – Rapidly Expanding Service in Europe!   3 years 8 months ago

    This may work, but security should not be sacrificed for convienence/cost.

  • Reply to: What Does Apple’s New iPad Mean for the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    iPad wireless needs the fact that US cable is moving from standard coax cable connectors to fiber and service should improve.

  • Reply to: Stamp Vending Machines   3 years 8 months ago

    I think they're great they will speed up the post office. But im sure there will be people who dont like them or can't figure them out.

  • Reply to: What Does Apple’s New iPad Mean for the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    Hey,
    the bad is with the ipad, you can subscribe magazines for a good value. You must buy a single magazin for too much money.
    It will spread, if apple allows subscribing magazines.

  • Reply to: Too Costly to Keep On Truckin?   3 years 8 months ago

    Quote from VMF Manager;
    "though I suppose a DM or Area VP could issue local restrictions."
    That's the point I'm trying to make. But it's not a DM or VP that decides, it's someone much lower. They set up their own procedures. And if you don't do it their way, you don't get what you need.
    At one point, we were not even allowed to carry bulbs in our service truck. Drive out, see what you need, then come back and get the part. Forty mile round trip? "So what, you're on the clock, Do what I say."
    I should point out that it was a modular trailer bulb, that cost $7 but would fit nothing except our trucks.
    And lets be honest here. A big part of the problem is the level of scrutiny our people can expect from the Inspection sevice, and now the OIG. I personally have never had to deal with that. But it sure changes the people that did! They come through, ask some questions, then things start to go weird.

  • Reply to: Automated Package Stations – Rapidly Expanding Service in Europe!   3 years 8 months ago

    Would it be a fee based service or free?
    The USPS already has free deliver and a fee
    based Pickup On Demand.
    Safety and security would be a major concern for customers.
    Would the Packstations be utilizied enough to yield a 20% or more return on investment? Or would it just be
    another waste of money idea to give a manager something to manage?

  • Reply to: Too Costly to Keep On Truckin?   3 years 8 months ago

    Bertie, I myself have often been humbled by the mighty Postal bureaucracy, but in this instance it is not as bad as you say. Minor repairs like wiper blade and lamp replacement, anything up to $250, can be paid for with the vehicle's Voyager card, at the discretion of the Postmaster or Manager where the vehicle is domiciled. The Voyager program requires no additional requisitions or approvals, though I suppose a DM or Area VP could issue local restrictions. Policy is that the VMF must be consulted for repairs over $250. Voyager cannot be used to purchase parts only, they must be in conjunction with a service or repair. (Oil, washer fluid, PS fluid, and other lubricants are OK though) But, parts like tires, starters, bulbs, flashers, etc. CAN be ordered through the VMF and kept on hand at post offices for installation by local shops. Unfortunately FTR carriers cannot add oil, change light bulbs, etc. without violating current collective bargaining agreements. At some offices, VOMAs, willing custodians, PTF carriers, or even supervisors or PMs do these minor repairs, though the latter risk generating a grievance from MV craft. I'd love to see that changed during the contract negotiations this fall. Both NALC and APWU would have to agree.

  • Reply to: Automated Package Stations – Rapidly Expanding Service in Europe!   3 years 8 months ago

    I live in a building with a front desk that accept packages. If I didn't, this type of thing would work really well for me. Who has time to go to the Post Office to pick up a package?

  • Reply to: Stamp Vending Machines   3 years 8 months ago

    Hi there, I wonder if this will really be a thing for the postal system to work properly. There are a lot of cases when idle minds just think they can get away with postal service using machines. I wish there are a lot of industrious people.

  • Reply to: Too Costly to Keep On Truckin?   3 years 8 months ago

    OK, I've given it some thought. You could probably do an on catalog E-Buy for a single light bulb, and it will probably come in in a week. Of course that means that you will have to do without your vehicle for that week. Or drive a week without functioning turn signals. Not an easy choice. But it makes the bulb counters happy, and how can you put a price on that.
    Plan "B" would involve doing an E-Buy for 10 bulbs before you need them, Of course, then you would have to do it as a declining balance, and go in as you use each bulb. and "receive" them one at a time using the vehicle number. Of course, at the end of the fiscal year, you would probably have to return the unused bulbe to the vendor for a refund, Then order 10 more for the next fiscal year.
    I'm waiting for someone to jump in and say "you don't have to do all that for items less than $1. But I guarantee you. Some one just slightly above you will insist you do. Why? Because it "makes them feel better."
    How do you put a price on that?

  • Reply to: Too Costly to Keep On Truckin?   3 years 8 months ago

    George, your idea and and willingness to take personal responsibility for your vehicle is commendable. The reality, however, is that USPS negotiated away the authority to hold letter carriers to this level of responsibility. Under their CBA and Postal policy, they cannot even be required to check the oil on their vehicles, let alone add a quart or replace a wiper blade! All postal vehicle operators are required to perform a safety check of their vehicles before driving, but it is primarily a visual inspection. The only action required of the driver is to report defects to management. And if a carrier or manager DOES perform some minor repair, they are opening themselves up for a possible grievance over crossing craft.

  • Reply to: We “Advertise” for You?   3 years 8 months ago

    The Postal Services. it would take the unique quality away from the service.

  • Reply to: Too Costly to Keep On Truckin?   3 years 8 months ago

    Well George, we could buy the bulbs in packs of 10 for 60 cents each, but we couldn't save any money. Why! YOU MIGHT STEAL THEM! So, you will have to do an off-catalog E-Buy, that will be approve 1st by somebody hundreds of miles away. They might approve it. But mor likely than not, one of the 4 people that have to approve it will shoot it down because you used the wrong code #. So you redo it as instructed. One of the other approvers doesn't like that code#. So you do it again. The 1st guy refuses it because you used the "wrong" code#. So even if you do get them, have you filed an approved job safety analysis with step by step procedures for this task? I'm telling you now so when some guy with a cilpboard comes through a year from now you won't hear what a bad employee you were.
    Then, do you already have a spreadsheet to track the use of these $.60 bulbs. If one truck uses more bulbs than the other did you investigate how this could have possibly happened?
    Anyway a year from now, somebody with a clipboard will come through and confiscate your bulbs as unauthorised. Six months later a different guy with a clipboard will come through and demand to count them. He won't believe your "story" about somebody confiscating them. Make you all kinds of gung-ho to help this place save money doesn't it?

  • Reply to: Is the Price Right?   3 years 8 months ago

    I've watched the people at the local post office and the overall personal effiency is a problem. Everything is manual. With the change over from Snail mail to internet mail, the post office in it's current structure is not keeping up with the time. It's time to re-invent it.

  • Reply to: Workforce Flexibility – Would it Work for the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    My office used to have 2 six hour city routes carried by 3 PTF Carriers. Thanks to maximization they now have an 8 hour route and an aux. route and I have to find hours at different installations. Your question is a mute point-just ask the NALC.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail   3 years 8 months ago

    I like the idea. It seems it would help small local business that add so much to a community. I'm not so worried about newspapers, they're in decline as it is and blocking something like neighborhood mail won't change that. And while some newspapers may offer a service like this, not all do of them do so this would be a good option for small business owners to have to get the most bang for the buck.

  • Reply to: Cast Your Vote via the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    Historically corruption of votes has occurred at the polls, however no system of voting guarentees integrety UNLESS the public continues to be vigulent.

    If voting by mail is totally accountable, and all signatures are confirmed against the voter registration record then the process is more secure than voting at the polls. If you don't believe this then talk to any county administrator in the states of Washington and Oregon.

  • Reply to: How is the Postal Service Managing Its Forklift Fleet?   3 years 8 months ago

    thanks

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