• Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    As a city carrier I can say that mgt's "every piece, every day" policy has cost them millions in wages. It used to be that when my route was cased up I left. If a few pieces of mail, and I literally mean a few pieces of mail, were sorted after I had left then it went out the next day. There was no sense in waiting around for .1% of your total mail volume and delaying the rest of your mail deliveries. Almost every financial problem that the USPS has right now, except for pre-funding, is a self inflicted wound.

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    "Mail volume issue: not a total fix but never understood why Post Office box mail must be boxed up by a set AM time."

    Our mgt got around this issue. They just don't get it up by the cutoff time and yet still mark it down as it was up in time. Then they send a clerk over to it later on when they feel like it.

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    How does that make sense though?? I firmly believe that the supervisors/mgt who allowed them to work so much OT should be held accountable but how do you justify taking money away from workers for work that was actually done?? That's not fair or right. Make sure it doesn't happen again but don't steal from the workers who did the work. To make this amount of overtime these workers had to be working 12 hour days and 60 hour weeks and I wouldn't be surprised if they worked even more than that. That's a lot of time away from their families and time put into their work that they were properly compensated for.

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    Mgt has unfortunately tied themselves to their operational windows, which in most cases were simply implemented to give mgt an excuse to mandate non-ODL carriers, so tightly they're afraid to now schedule their cheaper workers (CCA's) to the maximum extent possible. They refuse to understand that not all overtime, or double time (penalty/V-time), is equal. In my office they used to bring in 4 OTDL carriers in at 6am every morning to case up vacant routes or sick call routes and make sure that this stuff was done before carriers left for the street. The work is still there but mgt won't bring in any carriers that early and then they mandate carriers to work overtime later in the day.

    I have consistently made the argument that they should be bringing some of the CCA's in early to case as they make between $15.25-$16.25 an hour. They have actually sent OTDL carriers making $41 an hour OT to take away work from a CCA making just over $22 an hour OT. How does this make sense??

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    And then mgt is scrambling around trying to fill out the carrier's 8 hour day on Tuesdays because the carrier did 10 hours on Monday.

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    As a NALC branch president, I have seen mgt abuse the overtime provisions of Art 8 so many times it's unbelievable. Our Step B team even awarded financial compensatory remedies to the non-ODL carriers forced to work. So many times I see mgt send an overtime carrier home in 8 hours, to get his/her 8 hour day, and then mandate a non-ODL to work 10 hours. They would pay the non-ODL carrier $53 for violating prior cease and desist orders, the overtime worked by the non-ODL carrier to the OTDL carrier at the penalty OT rate, and all the steward time to do the grievance and meet. All to make sure their numbers added up into the right columns. They let me know it's because the money they pay out for grievances or steward time don't get held against them whereas if they work a carrier 1 click of penalty OT they're in trouble.

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    They actually have this provision in the contracts. During exceptionally heavy workload periods for one occupational group, employees in an occupational group experiencing a light workload period may be assigned to work in the same wage level, commensurate with their capabilities, to the heavy workload area for such time as management determines necessary.

    The problem is that most offices have been so understaffed in the clerk or carrier craft that when the heavy workload periods occur it's for everyone. There is no corresponding light workload period.

    What the post office needs to do is maximize the amount of work that is being done by their flexible, part time workers (CCA's & PSE's) who also just happen to be the cheapest labor the USPS has available.

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    Exactly. Mgt used curtailing bulk mail as a tool to equitably distribute a carrier's work throughout the week AND in an attempt to minimize overtime costs. Approximately 2 years ago that went out the window. Orders from District now say "every piece, every day". This one dictate has cost the USPS millions because floor supervisors can no longer make the decision to curtail bulk mail. Even if it's dated for a future date.

    I would also point out that mgt's refusal to schedule their PSE's to the fullest extent possible, and in other cases their refusal to work their clerk complement more than minimal amounts of overtime, has cost the USPS even more overtime costs. I have literally seen days where mgt could have simply scheduled a PSE clerk to have more than a 4 hour day, or could have scheduled their clerks for 1-2 hours of overtime, thereby making sure the carrier's mail was spread earlier, and since they did not it cost mgt 40-50 hours of "stand by" time for those carriers. Which translates to overtime in most cases. I found out that a nearby office's mgt scheduled a clerk to spread the mail that had arrived the night before to the routes thereby eliminating the need to spread it the next morning, freeing up those clerks for other work. Our office wouldn't do it.

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    Wolfe 52 said it right.....the exact same things are going on in my station 23608 each and every day. .and being a carrier of 28 years I find it so sad watching management waste good money and sink this USPS to the ground. ....it's so simple to fix too...just staff all open vacancies with newly hired CCA's...let them come in and start a route and finish it the same way I do......

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    The city of Newport News Virginia is grossly under staffed in the carrier craft.....the postmaster won't hire the needed percentage to bring the overtime and penalty down....it's ridiculous watching it and being forced to work longer hours.......Hire the necessary CCA's and save the postal service billions. .....

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    In Newport News Virginia we have way too many vacant carrier positions.....T6 slots mostly. ...so the current postmaster hasn't hired enough CCA's to fill these positions. So the regular carriers are being forced to work their off days and carry splits every day and some of those splits are as long as 3 extra hours added to a route already. ...so insane I say but management says there's no mail...sorry but my territory hadn't vanished each day.....just because I don't have mail for a house today doesn't mean that I don't still have to walk across the lawn to the next house. ....HIRE THE CCA'S LIKE YOUR SUPPOSE TOO!.... We have carriers casing 2 and 3 routes a day and forcing all carriers in the station to carry overtime to deliver the routes.....HIRE AND FULLY STAFF THESE STATIONS.......plain and simple! !!!!

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    Such common sense. You must not work for the USPS

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    In our office, they pay overtime to regulars instead of utilizing the CCA's......Regulars make more on straight time than the CCA's do on overtime, but the PO refuses to let them case their hold down routes. hey are intentionally wasting thousands of dollars

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    i love the idea of two open routes every day let's make it three routes next month on my way to 90,000 thank you

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    I believe the post office has the oldest carrier workforce in it's history. Just what we old timers need is to kill ourselves working an extra 3 or 4 hours every day.

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 9 months ago

    It is impossible to control overtime when management tries to control every second of every day of every worker. our job is not one that can stop and say "I will finish it tomorrow". We do not have any residual time left to take off any different situations that arise. For example if a carrier route is inspected and walked by management, it is always done when there is very little mail and packages to deliver.When the mail gets heavy management then has no choice but to authorize overtime or send somebody to help. Encourage good workers, don't punish them by making there routes longer. Also stop using carriers to cover for management on their days off. Shouldn't management cover each other?

  • Reply to: Do you agree with the Postal Service’s decision to change the name of Express Mail and rename Parcel Post?   1 year 9 months ago

    Only the USPS could create so much confusion, in such a widespread manner, with such idiocy.
    I have seen scores of people in line at the Post Office, puzzled at why their online account, pre-printed
    envelope has been returned to them. The reason:
    DUH!!! One of the new ('"rebranded" ) envelope says PRIORITY MAIL,
    while the other says: EXPRESS PRIORITY MAIL

    What pin-headed cretin did this? The reason Express mail is declining is that it's TOO STUPIDLY EXPENSIVE.
    "Pretending" it is "sort of like" PRIORITY MAIL by conflating the two envelopes is -- beltway thinking, pretending
    to know anything about marketing.

    Oh honestly. (Oh, and I just got ready to put a document in what I thought I'd brought home -- a Priority Mail
    envelope, but guess what -- its the WRONG ONE. So I get to go back to the PO again. I'm sorry that whoever
    did this is so wrongheaded, on every possible level. End of rant. (But seriously folks? Someone is getting paid
    for such idiocy?)

  • Reply to: A Labor Day Salute   1 year 9 months ago

    Another quote from Cool Hand Luke seems appropriate, "What we got here is a failure to communicate." How is it a bad thing that the postal system supports 8 million jobs in this country? I think the blog gets it right. Let's celebrate the American workforce and recognize the importance of an infrastructure that supports millions of jobs. The U.S. Postal Service is not a jobs program nor should it be one. If there isn't enough workload for the current workforce, then adjustments have to be made. The private sector is making similar adjustments. I know many people in print/distribution industries who have been laid off/downsized. Hard copy communications is simply a shrinking business. Do we try to stop growth in digital companies because it is forcing people out of hard copy communication jobs? That would have been like trying to stop the building of the nation's rail system because it was putting stagecoach drivers out of business.

  • Reply to: Your Experience with the Customer Experience   1 year 9 months ago

    I cannot believe how rude the customer service agent whom helps the public at the Cheshire, Connecticut post office is! She has worked there for years but over the years I have seen her go from friendly and helpful to downright rude and cranky. I guess it is due to less help and more work for her but I have been treated disrespectfully on more than one occassion. It is unfortunate that customer service like this is allowed to continue. I guess I can talk to her boss but I am afraid that my mail might be sabotaged! I would never treat or talk to someone like this woman does!

  • Reply to: Overtime as a Management Tool   1 year 10 months ago

    The Turtle Creek Post Office in Dallas has to be one of the worst! They have sorting problems; some of the mail carriers are told to come in late and then don't leave the station until after 12 noon! Those unfortunate enough won't see their mail until 8 to 10 p.m. Sometimes there's no mail delivery at all. At others, we get bank statements and mail from others; our mail, even mail with delivery confirmation is dropped off at some other house and then lost; items that need to be signed for are left at a strange place. No one takes accountability. All the while everyone at this post office that stays beyond official hours gets paid time and a half including the mail carriers and the manager, assistant manager, etc.
    No calls back. Lousy service, but those who work at the post office make out like bandits.

    Privatize the postal service and fire the incompetents!

  • Reply to: Postal Service as a National Asset   1 year 10 months ago

    all the time i used to read smaller articles or reviews that as well clear their motive, and
    that is also happening with this post which I am reading now.

  • Reply to: A Labor Day Salute   1 year 10 months ago

    It is Labor day.There is co-existence of the poor. They are sick for only workers' wage so we are social. Let us end unemployment and work for the poor.

    RANX MUHANGUZI.

  • Reply to: A Labor Day Salute   1 year 10 months ago

    Thank you all who push through your hard working efforts so that the rest of us can send and receive vital information at the mailbox!

  • Reply to: A Labor Day Salute   1 year 10 months ago

    There is a sad irony in this post. While the office of the OIG salutes the Postal Service and somewhat obliquely or perhaps begrudgingly, postal workers, there is a concerted effort afoot to dismantle the postal network that has served America and American communities so well. Part of that effort is a direct and uninhibited drive to reduce the wages and benefits of postal workers, primarily as a means of preserving cheap rates for direct mailers.
    Every time someone cites the figures of a $1.3 trillion industry that supports 8 million workers it is most usually followed with attacks on postal workers and the postal infrastructure. The reference has become little more than a dog whistle, a call to hurt workers and labor across this country.
    Is it hubris or just bad taste to extoll postal workers and the American workforce while supporting a mindset and mentality that attacks workers, that excludes them from equal enjoyment of the gains and productivity of our economy in favor of rewarding a select elite. Your praise is empty and meaningless in the face of the current situation.
    OIG you should be ashamed and as Paul Newman said as Cool Hand Luke, "Calling it your job don't make it right."

  • Reply to: Why Saturday?   1 year 10 months ago

    In your risk analysis of ending Saturday delivery please also do an analysis of what this would do to the U.S. economy. One area of the economy not taken into consideration is the intended consequence of the loss of jobs created by ending Saturday delivery.
    1. How many full time career jobs would be eliminated?
    2. How many non-career jobs would be eliminated?
    3. What is the cost to unemployment insurance fund for these, now unemployed, breadwinners?
    4. What will be the affect on the U.S. economy as a whole with the massive loss of consumer spending brought about by these people being fired?
    5. What will be the affect on operations by the loss of so many non-career employees? When part-time, non-career employees are no longer available, who will replace carriers on vacation, or are out sick?

    These are just a few places where risk analysis should be done before willy-nilly jumping off a cliff and then wondering if you are going to be hurt or die as you careen towards earth.

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