Wednesday Update:

Wow. Thanks for the fabulous response to the brainstorm. We’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer number of thoughtful responses. To give everyone enough time to comment and us a little time to read through everything, we’ve decided to extend the period for taking comments and post a blog about the brainstorm with the poll on Monday. Until then, please keep sharing your ideas. All suggestions received by Friday morning will be candidates for the poll. Oh, a word about moderation, we moderate every comment, and our policy is not to include comments that include vulgar words (even if the words are partially obscured with other characters) or involve name calling. We have not been able to approve a few comments that were otherwise very interesting because they violated our comment policy, so please double check your comment before you submit it. Thanks again!

Original Post:

The Postal Service is facing a financial crisis and needs to pursue every option it can to improve its net income. Pushing the Envelope thought it might be a good idea to ask for your thoughts. How do you think the Postal Service can save money or raise additional revenue? To make this a bit more interesting, the blog team will review your ideas and pick the most popular or most interesting for a poll. We’ll post the poll on Wednesday. So brainstorm now, and be sure to come back on Wednesday to view the shortlist and to vote for your favorites. Share your ideas in the comments below. Describe the idea, whether it involves cutting costs or generating revenue, and how much you think it could add to the Postal Service’s bottom line. Happy brainstorming! This topic is hosted by the OIG's Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC).

Comments (570)

  • anon

    Four months ago I sent in a recommendation to cut back the area offices to 5 and the districts to 50. I even aligned them by population to the extent that CA would get 6 districts and 19 states would get 0. The eliminations would include AK, AR, KS, ME, MS, NE, UT, WV and others. Based on the management salaries paid in one of the area offices at http://php.app.com/usps/search.php the savings would be over $400 million a year.

    Jul 18, 2009
  • anon

    The USPS has not changed with the times; the short sightedness of the leadership has no foresight or vision of the future Postal Service. Reacting to declining volumes and cutting costs is only a Band-Aid on a hemorrhage. In 2001 after 9/11 the USPS raised rates with declining volumes. Only thing difference is the USPS was committed to not raising rates for the next 5 years. Doing this allowed mailers, businesses, and the community to plan their mailing budgets, advertising and plan ahead. During this time volumes in all classes of mail increased. The USPS needs to fix rates again and lock them in for several years. The economy after 9/11 was just as dismal, stock markets hit an all time low, gas prices rose, and unemployment was again at an all time high. The USPS needs to make long term plans of sustainability, creating a new division of the Postal Service. “USPS Parcel Division” this division will have separate parcel offices, separate deliveries to businesses, and separate customer/business pick up. This division will be able to compete directly with UPS and FedEx head on head with pricing and service agreements. This will allow the US Postal Service to concentrate on it core business of delivering letters, flats, small packages and residential parcels. It is clearly evident that automation cuts workload and automation is efficient. As proven with DPS and now with FSS. It is a way of life, and the employees and management continue to work together in serving the communities. There is no doubt that it still takes a person to physically deliver the mail to its final destination. Going to a 5 day work week may be a good idea on the surface. Maintaining a 6 day work week will prevent competition from moving in and taking away already declining volumes. It is already proven over time that if a customer wanted an item delivered on the sixth day someone will always be waiting to provide that service. If not the USPS it will be the competition. UPS stores opened across the nation by storm, and the USPS just watched. The UPS stores are available everywhere, every corner. The choices are if you had to pay more to ship a parcel or to wait in line, what would you do? Our lives are fast paced, and time is valuable. Just like Microsoft’s expansion to grow and put a Microsoft store next to every Apple store, the USPS needs to look at expansion and opening Postal Units next to every UPS or FedEx/Kinko’s facility. Growth and expansion is USPS only way to survive in the future, USPS should be the consumer of choice to send their mailing items. That is why I clearly object to closings of small post offices. It is also clearly that General Mail Facilities or Mail Processing Facilities are in need of consolidation, as consolidation improves the mail processing and double handling. Last of all, we need to stop blaming Management and Employees of the USPS, turning on each other if it’s the Unions against Management or Management against the Unions. We only work for 1 company the USPS. We need to work together, stop all the bickering, the petty grievances, the finger pointing. We are spending Billions on grievances, arbitrators, EEO’s. And for what? Extra money? Don’t all the employees in the Postal Service get paid well for what we do? And who ultimately wins? I am sure we are keeping the arbitrators pockets full. Thanks, Larry

    Jul 18, 2009
  • anon

    Add incentives to keep sick leave and punish those who abuse it.

    Jul 18, 2009
  • anon

    Place GPS tracking in LLVs. Have it show live in the office. You will need less supervisors and less carriers because the 1 to 2 hour lunches will be eliminated. Carriers in my offices take extended lunches and breaks everyday.

    Jul 18, 2009
  • anon

    I'm too late to be included in the poll however after reading the overwhelming "cut management" and "5 day delivery" ideas, I propose a different long term cost solution for the post office. Establish what from now on would be called RIF VER's. CSRS could retire with no penalty to take the VER and since legislation has already passed in the House of Representatives to pay federal employees for accumulated sick leave then offer FERS employees half of their sick leave as a payment to take the VER. This would save money in the long term.

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    Sell compatible products in the window line. If greeting cards were available for sale they would give people standing in line something to look @ which would make the intolerable wait more tolerable and we would have a chance to get impulse first class mail sales.

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NTdG7yU_o8&feature=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcrCjpBY4Ug http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-azUaIfedk Please find a way to prevent this tremendous waste of USPS supplies... anyone can order as much of this stuff as they want, for FREE. At least require a charge card or something to verify a bunch of punks aren't slapping up usps graffiti stickers. Also, I have heard that many legitimate businesses get free supplies from us and then ship the items via FedEx and UPS... this should incur penalties of some sort.

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    heres 2 more 1. use your own product! send every house in america a 3 fold mailing that explains current services, how great they are and then give them a 5% or 10% coupon for the next time they ship priority mail! i mean the employees got this material in the mail why isnt the public? hello usps, its not us that you need to tell, you need to think ahead and tell everyone in america how great your shipping service is then give them an incentive to use it! 2. mentioned before but for more energy efficiency put in automatic sensors in the bathrooms and have them turn the lights off when no one is using them, it was said in the gso area that doing it in the main post office saved 44k a year, multiply that by every office and plant in america. 3. turn off computers, you guys have put this everywhere but yet.... it isnt done, every dbcs, every managers computer, whether gone for the day or for weeks, you guessed it... still running!

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    Since the Post Office generates 65 million moves during a year, why not charge not only the internet moves $1.00 for a COA card but every customer that requests a COA card! = $65,000,000!

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    I think curbside delivery is a good idea. To make it happen,the us postal service has to be more comes forward to the public,for example southern XX electric company recommend to turn in old refrigerator to save the electricity,they even haul it for free,why can't postal service do similar like free curbside mailbox and installation if the customer wants it,in the long run the cost of the mailbox will be pays off and it will be more efficient delivery ,why can't they do this for the public,since we are the service for the us citizens. and the management part to get rid of the nepotism and favoritism in the agency all the front line supervisors has to be rotating shift from area to area in timely basis inside the facility. (for example some supervisor stays in one area for many years) This way will be making more healthier agency for sure. one more thing,the office inspector general should investigate how many postal management from top to bottom are related each other and should consider for the assignment purposes to avoid the nepotism and prevent the buddy buddy system inside the agency. and just like all the employee has a discipline record,the each management should have one,too No matter how the supervisor make mistake they never get fired maybe demoted and transfer to another area if they do not make the score they want,that is all.

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    I keep thinking about the advertising on the mail trucks. This has been suggested for years. One problem that was brought up was how would you pick and chose who to advertise for? Well, why not advertise for ourselves. It has been suggested in earlier post that we need to let the public know more about our services. Well, what better way than this? Certainly not a t-shirt that no one will see when I sort mail at my case and then sit in my car for several hours. I would even be willing to put magnets on my personal vehicle. I have one that says Got Stamps? I do! So why not one that tells the flat rate priority box costs?

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    The way to do it is to team up with existing national outdoor advertising companies which are huge like clear channel or Time warner. They already have the sales force to get new clients and as well as existing clients. We simply provide the trucks. They even have crews that regularly put up and change billboards. They can do all the logistics and the USPS can rake in additional revenue.

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    The only thing I can do is repeat what has already been said many times. I don't think it can be stressed enough that it is management that is driving the PO into the ground! The PO is extremely top heavy with (mis)management that keeps making bad business decision after bad business decision! The United State Postal Service isn't anymore, and hasn't been for a long time! It has become the United States Postal System. The customers no longer matter to management! The only thing they care about is how well they can make their numbers look no matter what the cost. Whether it be in dollars or customers or both. How many (hundreds of) thousands of dollars have been wasted through the EXFC program? Why does management do this? To make their numbers look good. How profitable is it to pay to have an item sorted three times? The PO gives the mailers a discount to put mailings in carrier route order. What does the plant do? They break these presorted mailings open and run them on the flat sorting machine and get them out of order to be sent to the carriers in a big mess for them to put back in order. Why does management do this? To make their numbers look good. Every time a gallon of gas goes up 1 cent, how many millions of dollars does it cost the PO? What does management do? They run the city carriers out of the office and to the street as fast as humanly possible. This way the carriers can spend 7+ hours out on the street with their LLV's burning as much gas as possible. Why does management do this? To make their numbers look good. These things are just a very short list of how management squanders millions of dollars a year. Hopefully these suggestions won't fall on deaf ears, because as you can see, a very broad broom needs to be run through the management ranks and it needs to start at the top and work it's way ALL of the way down!

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    I have read that the post office paid out over 100 million dollars in contract violations last year. Have management follow the rules and we could save a ton of money. Also, I have had managers tell me to do something and say "Just do it and file a grievance later." Total waste of money.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    heres an idea tell congress, potter and the unions that you and the hay group overestimated our payments into the retiree system by what appears to be 3 to 4 billion a year and that since we have paid 3 years into it we have now overpaid by 9-12 billion and now should be good through our 2014 date since we have paid the full amount, forget hr 22, either cancel the payments or give us money back and move on debts paid off and everything. way to go usps As we began working with the Hay Group model regarding the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund we identified an error. We notified the Hay Group and they acknowledged the error. The error was computational in nature and did not affect their overall conclusion, assumptions, or methodology. Specifically, the error was the result of the use of the wrong percentages when adjusting the health care inflation rate from 7% to 5% for certain years within the model. When this mistake was corrected, the Hay Group estimate of the Postal Service’s overfunding under current law increases to $13.2 billion. This results in lower projected annual payments for the Postal Service. Specifically, to reach the same OPM funding goal, the Postal Service would make payments of $1.57 billion per year.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    go to evaluated city routes like rural carriers. You would only need one supervisor per 50 or so routes. Alot of EAS positions gone! Offer early outs with no age penalty. get rid of district level offices too many jobs at the district level that just simply protect there own job making work out of nothing. do the above and employees will be running out the door to retire.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    Consider offering guaranteed lowest shipping costs to customers. If found not to be the lowest shipper within 30 days provide proof of shipping costs and receive the difference in refund.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    How about ceasing the practice of sending three PMs from as far away as 190 miles to do compliance audits; creating the need for the use of three PMRs, mileage use and per diem. You have PMs and supervisors in place, let them do their job. If you think they are not complying, send in a near by neighbouring PM whose office is running well. If they find there is a problem, they can make recommendations, recheck later and then the MPOO can go from there if need be. And try standardizing what the auditor is looking for. We've had multiple teams come in and each time they tell us something different.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    to increase first class mail,have a web site that patrons can choose from several different greeting cards for several different occasions. make it so easy that they just click on one they like and it will be delivered on the day of their choice.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    I agree USPS may have lost its edge in letter delivery but it now faces a new challenge of establishing a niche in other areas like parcel delivery or emailing services. Emailing technology may have made mailing letters,outdated and unnecessary but its challenge, now would be to find ways to keep up with this rapid pace of innovation.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    my suggestion has to do with carrier route case setups. i think it could be advantageous to set carrier routes in groups of 5 (all the routes belonging to a t-6's swing)in the shape of a hexagon.one side of the hexagon would be open as doorway to enter the unit, while the other 5 sides would be the 5 routes on an individual swing.the individual cases would have address dividers and address labels on both sides of the case. they would also have the ability to rotate 180 degrees. the bottom 3 feet of each case would have roller racks that tubs and trays of mail could be fed from the outside of the unit to the carriers on the inside.once a carrier has cased up the mail, the case would rotate so it could be pulled down and loaded from the outside of the unit. this system would realize it's true values once an office has gone online with FSS. at that point a t-6 could case all non DPS & FSS mail for all 5 routes of his swing, then rotate the case to be accessed by the regular who will then pull it down, pick up his FSS &DPS mail and be off to his deliveries. under this system a t-6 would arrive to work around 7:00 a.m.,while the 5 regulars would begin at;8:00,8:15,8:30,8:45 & 9:00 a.m. (to be determined by seniority) the t-6 would begin casing the route that begins at 8:00 and end with the route that begins at 9:00.the t-6 would case all first class mail first, then second and so on.once the t-6 has finished (or a carrier is ready to go) the case would be rotated so that the mail becomes excessable by the regular carrier to pull down.the staggered starting time would create an even flow of traffic and therefore require less equipment. finally t-6 could finish casing bulk mail (for the next day delivery),update write-ups, COA, etc.., then finish his day assisting non ODLs & WA carriers on his swing.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    Its simple, cut management 1st! Use private industry business models? First in a building of fewer than 300 employees they have 1 plant manager who is never seen! Two supervisors a north and a south only seen when there is a major breakdown and on paydays. Each operation should have a group leader solely to issue breaks and lunches. The rest are a few paper pushers. It works great in industry! Next cut out all the bureaucratic layers, no more district and area just create regions. Fill the needed labor spots with the managers being cut if they want to stay and most problems are solved! Next stop promoting to management from within the postal service! It kills me to here a manager say “the business this or the business that” most have not every worked at a real business, that just their brain getting dirty after the washing! Most don’t have formal training either. Ill stipulate that a BA in management does not make a manager but neither does sleeping your entire career on t-1 and being promoted to supervisor because you’re the only person who put in for it!

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    Lots of comments about reducing costs and some about finding new revenue. The one area that is barely touched are new revenues in the internet and add-on services for electronic conversion of physical mail. Swiss Post recently introduced a new feature allowing selective scanning. It can reduce transport costs while generating new revenue. Even if it is outsourced for trust purposes, the PRC would likely seriously consider it.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    The USPS is not needed. Shut it down. Your an old technology. Give it up. I email everything. Everyone should. Save the environment shut the USPS down.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    IF USPS wants 15,000 to 20,000 employees to take the early out (VER) without incentives, it want happen. Save the time and cost on sending out the information. Save the cost when there is no takers. I would take the early ou IF the USPS would rewrite the rules allow employees to cash-in their sick leave without attaching it to their retirement. NO STRINGS and NO RESTRICTIONS attached. This is their earned money and would be an incentive to take the early out. Of course, this is only for CSRS employees only.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    Offer all employees, FERS and CRS, up to three years in age and service with no penalty and I believe tens of thousands will retire.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    The Postal Service has a 10 to 1 ratio of workers to Supervisors. Schools don't have that type of ratio they are 18 or 20 to 1. Congress need to have a reduction in force of Management to bring the ratio closer to 20 or 25 to 1. From a cost point of view, they do not contribute to the revenue of the post office just a drain. As a manager remind me an employee either makes you money or cost you money. That's how they should look at these managers.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    At least at our post office, they push for ALL the mail to go out Mondays. Why can't they hold back bulk mail until Tuesday (when there is essentially no mail)? Wouldn't this save money on overtime on Mondays, supervisors having to run late mail to the plant, injuries from employees pushing themselves too hard??

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    jj jingleheimer-schmidt takes credit for this fantastic post....gman

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    The whole culture of the USPS needs to change. We are not the military so don't even try to manage that way. Management needs to be cut to a ratio of 1 to every 50 employees. Eliminate the multiple layers as they are redundant. We don't need POOMs, districts, regions, etc. Upper level management needs to be paid on the Civil Service scale. If you want to get rich, then work in the private sector. The PMG should not make any more than 250 thousand per year and we do not need 44 vice presidents. We do not need management to do data entry. Use light duty people to do all computer entry jobs and work them at least 40 hours per week. If they can't sit and type, then disability retirement is the ticket. Get rid of bid jobs and go to best qualified. Have the people that can perform do the jobs that they are good at. If a person can deliver with speed and accuracy, then make them a carrier and if a person is good with people and can be a good salesperson, then they can work retail. Get rid of the Mystery Shopper program that is a waste of money and is not used for anything but harassment. Also get rid of DOIS as it is flawed and eliminate scan points as it penalizes carriers for going faster. Get rid of the contracts with FedEx and UPS. Those companies cause our on time scores to tank as they are going to take care of their product first before even thinking of our product. Make the big bulk mailers pay their fair share. We are losing money hand over fist by giving them the discounts that they don't deserve. Quit trying to make our lobbies into slick boutiques and go back to selling packaging products and shipping supplies at a reasonable price. Instead of having 204bs, use senior employees as working leaders and as a go between for workers and management. Convert vehicles to flex fuel and stop contracting out vehicle maintenance at twice the cost of doing it ourselves. Offer early retirement with incentives similar to what was offered in the early 90s and get rid of the penalties for being under 62 years old. No more details for management and end the pay for performance program as it is based on bogus numbers. Require managers to have a college degree and to complete human relations training before working with people. Consider converting the USPS back to the US Postal Department under the auspices of the Executive Branch and eliminate the Board of Governors. These suggestions will help put our service back into the black and restore the trust of the American People.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    A lot of good thoughts. USPS are you listening? Do you want to listen?

    Aug 10, 2009
  • anon

    You got our votes!!!! OIG ARE YOU LISTENING?

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    To all of you who suggest a cut in pay-if you want to volunteer for that, fine. Just don't volunteer my paycheck. I have done what was supposed to be done for 25+ years. My bills aren't going down. I didn't have a hand in running the USPS into the ground, that was upper managements doing. Management is supposed to have control over their workforce but most were too lazy to supervise properly. They let the slugs drag us down and "worked the worker". And the big boys all kept dipping in the pot and getting their bonuses. So don't ask this little peon who has done the right thing day in and day out to take a cut in pay because of this predicament, ain't gonna happen.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    We agree totally!

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    You have to get rid of management who justifies their jobs by creating unnecessary work to keep themselves busy. Let's get back to basics: collect the mail, sort the mail, deliver the mail. Do again the next day. Management has made a science out of this job and it just isn't that hard. In Phoenix, we have a postmaster and district manager and about 4 others who work hand in hand with these guys and not only are their salaries costing the USPS a pretty penny, but they are also incompetent and keep losing arbitrations and EEO's that cost hundreds of thousands. They kept one carrier (Quintero) off on administrative leave for a year and then terminated her and lost that in arbitration. $52k for the year of administrative, $25k for the 6 months back pay after losing arbitration, and the $$$ resolving it. What happened to the people who caused this....nothing. They not only kept their jobs, they were never disciplined so the chaos continues. Phoenix is a mess and it's all because of Larry James, Postmaster Alvarez, Phil Fife, Joe (Phils Twin), Troy Webber, and Linda Wylie. OIG, come to Phoenix and clean house and give the stations back to the managers and see how they run without these overpaid rulers.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    The easiest way to save money for the USPS, is to reduce managers and supervisors. The redundant levels of management is incredible, you have HQ, Areas, Districts, and then the plants. Managers in the plants cannot even make a decision, they are nothing but puppets for the District Manager but making 6 figures. Districts could be eliminated completely, make the plant people earn their keep and report to Area. Reduce floor supervisors, in my facility on the tour I work we have approximately 45 workers, 1 MDO, 3 SDO's and a 204B, thats 1 boss for every 10 workers. Tour 1 has maybe 35 -40 employees with 2 SDO's and 2 204b's. This might be a better ratio then nurses to patients at a hospital. Very small PO's get rid of the Postmaster and replace with a higher level clerk, these Postmasters are nothing more then glorified clerks anyway. Another costly issue with the Postal Service, is the PMG and the Labor specialists agree to contracts with the unions but lower management doesn't follow the agreements. A good example is the CILO cases in the last few yrs the USPS must have paid close to a half million on these grievances. The contracts are not that hard to follow, if a manager violates the contract he should pay a price for it not get praised. These are 2 easy ways to save big bucks for the USPS and we didn't even come close to reducing service in any way.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    we recently received new vans to deliver mail in.how about making them use e-85 fuel only. if i remember right they said for each penny increase in the cost of gas it cost the post office 8 million dollars. with e-85 costing 10 cents less than regular gas the potential savings would be 80 million dollars.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    IF WE DO HAVE TO GO TO A 5 DAY WEEK I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE 4/1. I AM A REGULAR CARRIER SO I KNOW IT WOULD HURT MY SALARY. BUT I BELIEVE HAVING AN RCA AVALIABLE(WOULD THEY STAY AND WAIT ON MABEY GETTING CALLED SOMETIME?) IS VERY IMPORTANT SO REGULARS COULD GET A BREAK WHEN DESIRED AND WOULD ALSO KEEP A KNOWLEGABLE WORK FORCE TO TAKE OVER AS THE OLDER CARRIERS RETIRE.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Limited duty carries should not be taking clerks jobs.Carriers are being paid a salary that they went out on limited duty maybe 3 or 4 years ago when volume was high so were salaries maybe $60,000.Now being paid that amount doing less clerk work and being paid more than the clerks would be paid to do the work. Carriers routes now have gone down to H and J's they are no where near $60,000. Many many workers are in pain-neck,back,shoulders,wrists,knees and we are still doing our job with taking a decrease in pay . Why are limited duty able to keep such a high pay, do less work or even take clerks work away from them when they can't even do the job they got highed for? Get rid of limited duty workers if they can't do the job they were highed for. Management - We need trained,educated,productive leaders. WE have too much management that hang around and have carriers do their jobs. Here we are paying management he don't know how to do his job so he has a carrier do his work , than a sub is needed to be paid also to do the carriers job. Definate a lose of money! Mail volume is low salariers need to decrease all around! Be glad we have jobs and benifits.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Remove 90% of OPS, they smack of Machiavellianism, they spend most of the time trying to justify their existence by instituting one useless program after another. Remove another 25% of middle management, many are performing one redundant program after another, when you have so many levels of repeated reviews for the very same purpose is flat wasteful. Change or drop the exfc scoring, the fact is management manipulates the delivery factors so that it truly isn't representative. Get rid of the management incentive program, today's managers could care less about the USPS as long as they can manipulate this program to insure that they get their incentive pay. Put everybody back on the old and same type of pay system. Close some small office's, the fact is the rural craft is supposed to be a "PO on wheels" communities would not be adversely affected and the USPS could capture the 2 to 4 hours of undertime that are being paid and not worked. Consolidate some other small office's Forget evaluated routes, the real savings in the rural craft comes from the fact that it's replacement carriers are non-career and have no benefit cost associated with them.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    One thing would be try to be ask each employee across the board to take one day a month without pay, as a furlow day. Start there. it is better than excessing 500 miles.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    All career employees and management take a 10% pay cut.. lets say right now you are making 25 dollars an hour. if you were paid 22.50,you know 22.50 an hour is still 3 times as much as working for burger king or walmart. at 22.50 an hour you can still live quite well and better than most people. Stop all payments of overtime, instead for all hours worked in overtime, give equal time off with pay for all excess hours worked.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    on maybe even allowing to bank them for an earlier retirement.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO FIX A PROBLEM ANY PROBLEM THAT MAY EXIST IN THIS ORGANIZATION WITHOUT IT SEEMING TO TAKE AN ACT OF CONGRESS)-THAT IS IF YOU CAN GET SOMEONE TO CARE? EXAMPLE-I SUGGESTED THAT WE PARK THE POSTAL VEHICLES SO THAT THE WINDSHIELDS WOULD FACE THE EASTERN SUN SO THAT THIS WOULD HELP DEFROST THEM IN THE MORNING(NO COST TO THE USPS) IT ONLY TOOK 12 YEARS AND 3 POSTMASTERS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. GET MY DRIFT

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Employees should be able to cross-craft. Employees do not run the corporation; management is in place for this responsibility. I think the public would be appalled at the things that employees can get away with at USPS. Limited duty personnel hours should be reduced to 20 hours or less only if needed. Several of the employees faking would come off of limited duty immediately. There is a “blue” room at local postal facilities where employees sit all day that do not have positions or jobs and still get paid for 8 hours of not working. What does the public call people that sit around and connect free paychecks? There are employees that are in a processing center that do not have enough work, let’s be honest mail volume is declining. The number one issue at USPS is 80% labor almost twice what it is at FedEx and UPS. Congress should grant USPS the opportunity to lay-off employees and reduce work hours for the good of the Postal Service. Union employees that have been fired or suspended for stealing, drugs, not delivering mail or not performing official duties should be immediately terminated. DO NOT GIVE THEM THEIR JOBS BACK. No Mailhandlers Union. Anyone can load mail on a truck. FedEx and UPS do not have a special group of employees that load mail on the truck. UPS does not even have janitors, if you want more hours the employees sweep the floor and clean the building. All new hires can only be hired part-time. Everyone else can be grandfathered in for 8 hours daily. Postal Service needs to be able to break these costly leases for facilities not actually being used. USPS should have retail boxes and stations in the neighborhood Wal-Mart Stores.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    PLEASE DON'T COMPARE THE USPS WITH FED/X AND UPS. YOU SOUND LIKE THE PERFECT PERSON THAT SHOULD BE WORKING FOR FED/X OR UPS.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    We need to institute Locality pay. Yes this means pay cuts for many areas. There is no way someone in Mississippi or Kansas should make the same as someone in the North east or CA. This should include mgmt also. The high volume high cost areas are also the areas that have the most volume,thus the most work.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    1. Start charging customers with dismount delivery $300 a year. Curbside boxes would still be free. It is three times slower to get out of the vehicle and walk up to a home or business than to leave the mail in curbside box. One route with 100 dismount deliveries would generate $30,000 in revenue. 2. Eliminate some district jobs by shifting the responsibilities to small town postmasters. If you want to be the postmaster for Smalltown AL, then part of your job is to be the AMS specialist for your 3 digit area. 3. Develope delivery confirmation into delivery tracking. Our customers want to be able to follow there packages in the system. 4. Eliminate the mystery shopper program and use the money to pay window clerks a commission. There would be no need to evaluate the window clerks if they got maybe just 2% of there express, priority and extra service sales. 5. Eliminate the EXFC program. With IMB and planet codes, we can track and score our own mail. 6. Change the unions from "Open shop" to "Closed shop" and put them in charge of the hiring and firing process. Less supervision would be needed if the union policed themselves. 7. Change city delivery to an evaluated route system like the rural carriers. 8. This is one is gonna hurt, but everyone should take a 10% pay cut, if the money will be used exclusively to pay down debt, not fund somebodies pet project or travel expenses.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    1. Charge customers a surcharge for forwarding mail. We probably forward million of pieces of mail due to customers moving around all the time (not our fault). This can be done two ways. (a.) Charge a one-time flat fee everytime a customer submits a change of address form. (b.) Charge customers at the time of delivery for every piece of mail that was forwarded and they wish to receive. 2. Change pricing of first class mail to reflect distance between sender and receiver (like we do with packages). Mail being sent across the country should cost more than mail sent across town. You could divide the US into regions (like the time zones) and charge per distance the mail piece has to travel. This would require creative processes to assist the customer in using the correct posatge. Might be difficult to implement but the revenue gain would be significant. 3. Eliminate layers of unnecessary management. You have Headquarters coordinating with Areas and the Areas coordinating with Districts and the Districts coordinating with the post offices. You do not need the Areas and the Districts. 4. Eliminate the large bonuses that PCES managers and VPs get all the time. They get paid enough as it is. Instead reward the empoyees who work hard day-in and day-out. They are the ones that keep the Postal Service from completely drowning and make up for the thousands of employees that practically do nothing. Management is too scared or do not want to spend any time to deal with them. NO INCENTIVES, THEN NO INIATIVES OR DEDICATION. 5. Definitely go to 5 day delivery. We have to change with the times. the savings woul dbe huge. You would not have to let go employees if incentives were offfered for early retirement. In fact your productivity would go up when you get rid of many of the long-time employees who are just dead weight. Burrus is not representing the employees and does not care what they want (Saturday and Sunday off). Just think of all the sick leave that would be saved since Saturday is a huge day for sick calls. Happier carriers mean better attitudes and productivity. 6. Last but not least, promote from qualified employees locally instead of paying the relocation benefits and expenses associated with moving an employee to another area. I was better qualified for a local position taht I applied for and the manager relocated a friend of hers for the job and had to pay relocation for both her and her husband (who was a level 15 postmaster). They had to give the husband a postamaster job which prevented another local qualified employee from being promoted. Sad how the postal service screws their employees over and over again. No wonder why there are so many employees out on stress (probably more than any other organization).

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Dead Weight? I put up a mailbox, trying to help my carrier, and going from a po box to street delievery. I did this over a month ago. I work in this post office. Even gave a signed slip, that I did not want packages delievered, I would pick them up. After mail was found in the UBBM, with my street address on it, the questions started to come. I was not on the case in a proper label, or even given a slot for my address. How are subs supposed to know where these people are when the older carriers do not care, or have the time to deal with upkeep on the case, because the routes have never been adjusted. And clerks who are putting up the mail after the carrier hits the street. Something needs to be changed with these big routes. Management needs to stop covering up this kind of mess, cut the routes so they are manageable. Now I am back changing all of my mail back to the po box. Unbelieveable!

    Jul 15, 2009

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