Archive for Thursday, March 28, 2013

Letter: USPS response

March 28, 2013


To the editor:

On March 21, a letter from local National Association of Letter Carriers President Andy Tuttle was published in opposition to the six-day package/five-day mail delivery announcement by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. I’d like to respond to some of the claims made.

As consumers replace letters and cards with online bill-paying, tax-filing, and socializing, first-class mail volumes continue to decline exponentially. Taking no action or maintaining the status quo is not a viable solution.

The Postal Service developed the new delivery schedule (six days for packages, five days for mail) by working with customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings. This new delivery schedule reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits.

Prescription medications will still be delivered six days a week, post offices will continue to be open on Saturday, and mail will still be delivered six days a week to post office boxes.

News surveys around the nation as well as those conducted by the Postal Service consistently show 70 to 80 percent of Americans – including those living in rural areas – support the new delivery schedule.

The Postal Service is simply taking a responsible and reasonable step toward returning the organization to financial stability. The American public values the mail it receives but as survey research clearly illustrates, they are willing to adjust to a new delivery schedule to help strengthen the financial footing of the Postal Service.


SPiper 1 year ago

To the Public, 6 months of the year carriers make $45. OT, on Mondays already past 430pm, $60. after 630pm Now, any educated person knows if you cut mail on Saturday, Monday will be a heavy day. So you customers will pay me $45. an hour after after 430pm, and $60. an hour there after. And, we are already out til 8pm after August. Do the Math folks. Magt, is salary they get paid Saturday anyway (100K), clerks and handler,and truck drivers are working too. You get no Saturday delivery, but you pay me all that you save and more on Monday and Tuesday!


SPiper 1 year ago

Out of the PMG own words, we saved 750Million by retiring 7,500 senior managers. I never saw one letter NOT delivered during their absence. 1Billion for 7,500 useless senior managers saved! We have 85K postmasters, thousands of District and their minions ,VPs, PM sidekicks, Levels and levels of overpaid undereducated postal upper level positions. They , take up millions in office space, building rental , parking spots, the Health Clubs in Washington,free cars, credit cards, flights,gas, and office furnitures. FEDX District Manager is a one man army with no office, but turns a profit. The USPS has a army at district, and still fails. FEDX works with their Labor, and USPS plays gotcha as a form of productivity. Stealth, is the answer to greatness, not waste. The USPS is not losing mail to the internet, they gave Wall Street Journal away to independents who got up at 4am to deliver, while the USPS plays games with starting times with their labor. FEDX starts 8am gtd. delivery first class, while USPS tries to manipulate labor with later start times. FEDX has a customer connect program which gave away a Harley Bike, and 1% of signing to employees. USPS starts customer connect program, no incentives. The USPS is losing money because Management labor is raping the business. Management fights their labor, and has no business model other than abuse their employees. MAil Service is a morning product, especially to business. PROVIDE IT, and the customers would come. Our District management and higher, are anti-labor, and anti-customer. They contour their policies for self satisfaction. After 30 years and a Deans List Business Degree from Avila, this is my humble opinion.


none2 1 year ago

I think this LTE is disingeneous. For instance, I don't think most rural people "support" the new delivery schedule anymore than they support reduced post office hours or closed offices in some locations. Rather, they "accept" that what was stated either becomes the case, or even more drastic measures would be taken. There is a big difference between support and accept...

I agree with many of the posters that the USPS has made many poor decisions. (I've already stated some of them in other posts.) I do think that we need to start taxing shipping done by other companies like UPS and FedX. I do not understand why so many people love their services. I've had a friend who has had major issues with UPS. I'll give two examples from things that a friend ordered that went through UPS. He had to get a replacement unit for his Dish Network service. UPS simply put it in a translucent trash sack and left it out by the road. It could have easily have been stolen or ran over. My friend called both Dish Network and UPS about it, and nothing was said other than they will make sure it doesn't ever happen again. Then just last week, my friend ordered bullets which came via UPS. Again, they left it out on the road. Not only could it have been stolen or ran over, but someone could have used those bullets to commit crime. Again, he called UPS and the seller, and all again that was said is that we will inform the driver of his mistake. Though USPS can make mistakes, I have never personally been aware of such obvious mistakes with my own service or the service of any of my friends.


dogbait 1 year ago

Yeah Wilbur, those complaints from the public will be addressed just like the carriers complaints. Goes right into the trash!


oneeye_wilbur 1 year ago

If the administration in Kansas City is like the postmaster here, it's no wonder the USPS has problems.

One thing about the most recent letter to the editor, the folks in Lawrence can address their complaints to: Gail Hendrix!

Thanks Andy for flushing out a superior.



dogbait 1 year ago

USPS Management has made bad decsions in the past and probably will continue to make bad decisions in the future. They are like the boy who cried "Wolf, Wolf, Wolf" But now they are in serious financial trouble and the 5 day delivery is a possible solution to saving the USPS. The NALC "fat cats" are no better than the USPS "fat cats" who continue to fight over this debate. Meanwhile, the dog (UPS) is stealing the bacon! The 5 day delivery will only work if both parties will work together. Times have changed and mail volume is not what it used to be and it is doubtful that it will ever return. Gail Hendrix has mentioned what will be included with a 5 day delivery which Andy Tuttle failed to mention in his article. I am sure Gail and Andy are telling the public only what they want to convince the public to be on their side. As for the prefunding retirement complaints from both parties, which is really another serious matter. It seems that when hard times hit, the first place to look for financial solutions is taking from the retirement system. Sure, the USPS retirement fund is paid for future employees but lowering or stopping payments to this system will only threaten the retirement for the active carriers on today's rolls! How does this solve the problem of lower mail volume? It is like patching up drywall on a termite infested house! I hope the NALC and USPS will come together to work on this problem soon or everyone loses.


KansasLiberal 1 year ago

The USPS would be turning a substantial profit right now if not for the Congressional mandate that they pre-fund their retirements 75 years into the future within 10 years. No other government agency or private company is forced to do that, much less forced to do that in such a small time frame, so why was the USPS forced to?


btsflk 1 year ago

The USPS was having financial problems before the internet.

Too much administration and not enough workers.

Top heavy.


IKU57 1 year ago

This is as good as it gets with these types of organizations. So, let them scurry about, bumping into one another, at least they are doing something to keep themselves occupied.

Their type of organizational blueprint, will be handy for the upcoming ACA exchanges.


boltzmann 1 year ago

The US domestic 1st class stamp rate is significantly lower than that of nearly every developed country despite the US being far larger than most of them (except Canada), so I think we are getting a pretty good deal. The current fiscal problems with the post office were caused largely by Congress' mandating of a retirement funding model that is not consistent with any current business practice.


5thStPhoggers 1 year ago

The question is, can we really count on Postal management to make the right decisions for the future of the Postal Service? How did the billions of dollars invested in football field size machines designed to sort magazines and catalogs (flats) into route order work out for you? How about the aging vehicle fleet that should have been converted to electric vehicles years ago? How about the reduction in the workforce without a concurrent reduction in management? The Postal Service has become too politicized, playing "steal the bacon." Worse yet, they have always (I know that's a long time) been reactive, not proactive. Bean counters more worried about the numbers as opposed to getting the job done. And what's with the "Forever stamp?" Do any other businesses have a business model like that? How about "forever gas" or "forever loaf of bread"? Grateful there is NoMoUSPSBS for me.


Number_1_Grandma 1 year ago

But you can bet the price of stamps to continue to rise; while the service will decline. Doesn't sound like "financial stability' to me. Just less "bang for the buck".


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