• Reply to: Leaving Traditional Benefits Behind?   1 year 3 months ago

    Just because corporate america has thrown their employees under the bus doesn't mean usps has to. Now the screaming is that government employees have so many benefits compared to private business. Why? Because private businesses have been dismantling all of the programs for employees. Corporations used to consider employee welfare as a noble goal. That is no longer the case. To paraphrase JFK. As not why government employees have good benefits, rather ask why corporations are not matching or surpassing these benefits for their own employees.

  • Reply to: Does a Virtual PO Box service appeal to you?   1 year 3 months ago

    I believe you may have an edge on UPS and FEDX as I've heard they don't get signatures as needed and leave packages. LIKE live paychecks under a door mat…REALLY…wow...
    I trust USPS to keep things safe while away and I like the PO Box to hid my actual address as a small business.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Deliver the Goods?   1 year 3 months ago

    Insurance problem:
    On 4/10/14 I sold an item on line for $200.00 (which should establish the current value) and shipped it Priority mail and paid additional for insurance. I was notified a few days later that the item was broken in transit. I submitted an insurance claim on line on 4/13/14, and the claim was approved on 4/29/14. I received a letter and a check a few days later from USPS. Stating that my claim had been approved, it said "However, it has been paid at a lesser amount" a check was enclosed for $100.00. No explanation of why only half of my claim was paid. I submitted an appeal on line on 5/2/14, over a month has past and have still heard nothing from them about the appeal. I tried calling the number given on line to check the status of the appeal 3 calls were made, the first one said the expected wait time was over 88 minutes, the shortest time stated of the 3 calls was 74 minutes. I am at my wits end trying to get this problem resolved, you purchase their product in good faith and get very poor service. I am sending a note to my House & Congress representatives today in hopes they will be able to help, However I doubt it.

  • Reply to: Catalogs as the New Window Displays   1 year 3 months ago

    How a copy machine in each lobby! A afterhours stamp machine and parcel weigher! Fax machine! A paper shredder for customers to shred . A WINDOW CLERK!!! PUT SOME EMPLOYEES IN THE FRONT TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.

  • Reply to: Semipostal Stamps: Fundraisers for Charities and New Revenue Streams   1 year 3 months ago

    I came to this site trying to find a Prostate Cancer stamp I could use on my dying husbands Birthday Prostate Cancer Fund Raiser.

  • Reply to: Leaving Traditional Benefits Behind?   1 year 3 months ago

    What about the bonuses management receives? Surely, that would be an excellent place to start in order to save money. Cut out the waste instead of punishing the people that actually keep the place running!

  • Reply to: Leaving Traditional Benefits Behind?   1 year 3 months ago

    On the one hand I am fully behind paying the true price for doing business.
    On the other hand I think that the government should be a model employer. I
    don't think the government should be looking to see what a money making
    business is doing to make more money for the big wigs by taking it out on
    the little guy aka, the employee. Thus, I don't think your encouraging the
    USPS to model itself after a money grubbing business is well advised.
    Perhaps reducing benefits is the right answer, but I needs to be
    evaluated in terms of what will make the business viable in the long run,
    and balanced against other measures that do not cut directly into the little
    guy's hide. It should not be presented like 'well that's the way everyone
    else is doing it'. What kind of leader does that?
    If you feel this is really necessary, then at the very least the USPS
    needs to be a leader in educating employees about what they need to do to
    ensure they have a comfortable retirement. I fear for years from now when
    with this attitude of 'you are on your own for retiremen', and no one planned, that
    everyone is going to be sucking off the government because they are in poverty.
    Unfortunately people don't seem to be able to be trusted to do what it right
    in the long run. The vast majority of people think of today
    and today only. They 'want' a latte today, and don't think about the 'need'
    of food on the table in retirement!!

  • Reply to: Leaving Traditional Benefits Behind?   1 year 3 months ago

    I guess this means discussion on “innovation” and “good ideas” is over now. When is the follow-up on “postal services” for the "underbanked"? eCheckCard, Or SureMoney Worldwide? Those would be more interesting for postal topics ... unless your an Issocrite. Lower volume in First-Class Mail shouldn't signal the great demise of a vibrant and self-supporting service and a decent career for its workforce. FERS already offers a balanced approach between institutional costs and employee out-of-pocket expenses. And speaking of annual leave: is max 55-days annual leave carryover that bad of an incentive for employees to start "saving" leave? What about sick-leave usage steadily decreasing since federal employees are 'empowered' to earn credit on it. Employees who have less paid time-off tend to increase unscheduled absences, which in turn add to operational disruptions, increased cost, and lower quality of service . Further corroding postal employees benefits will do nothing more than continuing the wave of privatization cannibalism eating away at the middle-class living standards. I'm sure Issa is satisfied now. Good job ladies and gents … good job!

  • Reply to: Leaving Traditional Benefits Behind?   1 year 3 months ago

    It depends on how important the mail is to the country. How many hard working, dedicated employees are going to want to work nights, weekends, and holidays in a factory doing physically difficult work for poor benefits? And work for unprofessional managers?

  • Reply to: Leaving Traditional Benefits Behind?   1 year 3 months ago

    You don't mention what company you compared the usps to. Was it ups or mcdonalds? How about congress? Or how about usps management in d.c.? Usps has lowered the starting wage for new employees and now you want to cut their retirement too, now that's COLD!
    Why don't you compare the cost of management( wages, benefits, ratio of management to employees)? I don't think we need to attack the craft employees when management spends 3 million on a golf tournament, and abuses their company travel cards!( with no one being fired for their abuses)
    Anyway, back to comparing companys. Ups has a higher wage, better retirement, and makes a profit. What's the difference between the two? Professional management for one.

  • Reply to: Big Data — The Next Big Postal Thing?   1 year 3 months ago

    As an ebayer, I can honestly say I try not to use the Postal Service ever. I still do, but it goes against every principal in my book. The post office has not been honest with the approach of Employees stealing from Ebayers. I lost a $900 gold chain, and everyone blamed me. Yesterday I found out that our local dispatch center is under a fraud investigation for deleting tracking numbers and got caught doing it. Since now with the latest Android it tracks the packages and you can see exactly when the shipment falls off the wagon. Hmmmm seems like the ebay account may not be as concrete as you think. Soon after I speak to a few higher ups, I am going to the media, and it will come out as to the cover up of this. I hope the post office takes the fraud to hand, as this is a coverup that will speak to millions of Americans who depend on our mail service.

  • Reply to: Passing up Passport Revenue?   1 year 3 months ago

    I just gave up after being on hold over 3 hours never getting through to an agent to set up an appointment for passport services at the post office. Started at 9 AM hung up at 12:30 PM. Constant repeating refrain that my call was important and I would be transferred to an agent momentarily, followed by ringing, then repeating. For over 3 hours. The WORST experience I have ever had. I'm now driving the 5 extra miles to the library which has walk-in service.

  • Reply to: Big Data — The Next Big Postal Thing?   1 year 3 months ago

    please keep me posted also what thappend to postal banking?

  • Reply to: Big Data — The Next Big Postal Thing?   1 year 3 months ago

    keep me in touch what about postal banking? other ideas?

    categories ---8. 24,51, sent to me on line

  • Reply to: Do you agree with the Postal Service’s decision to change the name of Express Mail and rename Parcel Post?   1 year 3 months ago

    We order expensive live chicks and not having overnight delivery has cost the lives of several indefensible baby chickens. Very sad when you think you can get overnight delivery only to have it take 2 days!!! We didn't know until just now that true Express Mail is a thing of the past. We kept requesting the breeder to send the chicks with guaranteed overnight delivery and couldn't understand why we kept getting the chicks delivered in 2 days. Now we know. Express Priority is just glorified Priority Mail. This is just another in a long line of fiascoes by the USPS. You truly have to know the inner workings of the Postal Service to understand why they would do away with Express Mail. Instead of management mismanaging the delivery of the mail it would be have been a much wiser decision for them to keep Express Mail; now this service will just be picked-up by alternative carriers such as FedEx. FedEx now you just need to accept live animal shipment and you will have our business!

  • Reply to: Postal Service Flexes its Workforce Flexibility   1 year 3 months ago

    To anyone applying for a job with the USPS, please note that when applying for a position that starts off with the letters "PSE." in addition to PSE meaning "Postal Support Employee,"and not being a "career" position, it ALSO means that you are hired on a TEMPORARY basis. After a certain period of time your CONTRACT will be done, then you will be given like 5 days until you are assigned to your next tour, BUT,...BUT that is IF they decide to keep you and reassign you.

    You are NOT guaranteed work after the initial hire. So if you want a full-time regular position/employment, I would consider the above. There are also websites that you can check out reviews made by former or current employees. The reviews WILL be of great help to you!!! when making the decision as to whether or not you will accept or deny a job offer. IMHO, seeking a FULL-TIME and regular position with a company is much MUCH MUCH MUCH more worth it.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of historic properties?   1 year 3 months ago

    Thanks for your post

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of historic properties?   1 year 3 months ago

    At the very least, the USPS should be allowed to give back such historical assets to the federal government when they no longer serve a business purpose. I understand the value of historic assets, but it shouldn't be in the postal services business plan to delivery mail and run museums. The Federal government can decide if they wish to preserve them, assign them to another agency or sell them to the public. It need not be a decision of the postal service

  • Reply to: Does a Virtual PO Box service appeal to you?   1 year 3 months ago

    This we be great for associations, clubs, or other small organizations that have no physical office and change officers (and thus mailing addresses) every few years.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of historic properties?   1 year 3 months ago

    On cloud computing I think you should update and catch up with Tech.
    On selling off assets I say no! don't sell.
    I fell that the postal service has a place in our future, Congress needs to step in and fix the postal problems.
    The American will never give up there Postal Service System.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of historic properties?   1 year 3 months ago

    In his testimony to Congress on the Emergency Relief Appropriation and the Public Works Administration Appropriation Acts of 1938, Mr. Purdum of the United States Postal Service stated "The people of our country appreciate what Congress and the National Government has done with respect to the erection of Federal Buildings, and that appreciation comes from the people, regardless of race, creed, condition, or party affiliation. The Postal Service is the only Federal activity that brings the people of our land in direct contact with the National Government every day of their lives."

    To which U.S. Representative Edward T. Taylor (Colorado), Chair of the Committee on Appropriations, responded, "They see the American flag flying over the post office."

    "That is right," replied Mr. Purdum.

    Many of us today still deeply experience the appreciation of the federal post office architecture and the democratic nature of the USPS so aptly conveyed by Mr. Purdum in 1938. However, the United States Postal Service (USPS) of today seems to have lost sight of its stewardship and preservation responsibilities.

    The pro forma nature of the USPS' environmental review process shows the USPS' disregard, perhaps even disdain, for the public. Severing the public's connection with its history, its architecture, and its art is a significant environmental impact that the USPS has refused to recognize.

    The USPS needs to seriously analyze alternatives that will keep an operating USPS presence in its historic buildings while maintaining public ownership and public access. To accomplish this, the USPS could lease excess space to other federal or local government agencies or to nongovernmental organizations with compatible uses.

    Two other less desirable alternatives would be: 1) the USPS could hold ownership of the significant public portions of its historic properties with a condominium arrangement and continue to conduct its face-to-face business with the public in that portion of the historic property, or 2) the USPS could cede its historic properties to the National Park Service (NPS) so that a willing State or local government could purchase the property for $1.00 under an existing NPS program, with a condition/covenant that the significant public portions of the post office be leased back to the USPS in perpetuity.

    Thank you for your continuing investigation and the opportunity to comment.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of historic properties?   1 year 3 months ago

    The Postal Service can't deliver the mail in a cost effective manner AND maintain these historic buildings in the fashion they deserve.

    From the Top to the Bottom, there is not one postal employee who wants to get rid of these historic buildings. However, the USPS is consistently pressured to cut back and reduce costs. These historic beauties deserve the love and attention to keep them preserved, but the USPS just can't do it anymore. They need to stay focused and deliver the mail. Everyone wants to privatize the Postal Service, but yet you won't let go. The US Postal Service is a great company, and some day you will all agree.

  • Reply to: The Promise and Pitfalls of Cloud Computing   1 year 3 months ago

    I am concerned about the possibility of USPS data being stored on servers outside of the United States. With sensitive data being stored in the Cloud, are there any contract clauses that ensure this sensitive data is stored within United States boarders and jurisdiction?

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of historic properties?   1 year 3 months ago

    Historic assets are owned by the people of these United States. They should not be sold for the purpose of allowing outside interests to benefit from taxpayers funds. It has been clearly stated in the ACHP investigation of the disposition of these historic post office buildings that the covenants are not enforceable. If a post office contains New Deal artworks then those works are "loaned" by the USPS to the new owner. In the case of the Bronx GPO and its incredible Ben Shahn murals, that means that the developer would have the benefit of $13 Million worth of art for NO compensation - the building purchase price is claimed to be around $12 Million.
    Why doesn't the USPS manage excess space in their facilities as does the GSA? Instead of consolidating services or looking for outside compatible uses to occupy these buildings they are just discarding them. It is contrary to several Executive Orders relating to historic buildings and spits in the face of the public who cherishes them, paid for and built them.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of historic properties?   1 year 3 months ago

    Many of the historic post offices across the country were constructed not just to deliver postal services, but to establish a landmark federal presence in the community and to create distinctive and confident assets for these places during very uncertain times (ie The Depression). Also, these buildings were used as the logical repositories for a magnificent collection of American artworks commissioned explicitly to serve, and be readily accessible, to the (often downtrodden) public.

    As such, historic post offices carry a much more implicit mission for the public interest than simply providing mail functions. Were it not for the universal democratic nature of the Post Office throughout America, much of the cost and energy to provide and adorn these civic amenities might have instead been directed elsewhere. So, rather than historic properties being viewed as belonging to USPS to do with as they see fit, a more accurate reading would be that the Postal Service was tapped (for better or for worse) to be the agent for the federal government providing significant architecture and art to communities by the most logical and democratic means available at the time.

    The responsibility of stewardship and preservation that this confers should not be lost upon the modern-day USPS when counting numbers based solely on revenue and mail distribution channels.

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