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thesmartguy said...

The death of a child and another in ICU, and the only thing people can comment about is which political entity to blame. Wow people. Take a look at your priorities.

December 21, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.
thesmartguy said...

After reading stories like this, the only thing I can think about is hugging my children.

December 21, 2011 at 8:57 a.m.
thesmartguy said...

Is that a teardrop tattoo I see on his eye? Doesn't that mean he's killed someone?

December 13, 2011 at 10:27 a.m.
thesmartguy said...

@ThinBlue The USPS employees close to 600k americans. That makes it the 3rd largest employer in the US. Laying off 20k people is just a drop in the bucket. The Post master general is asking for permission to lay off over 100k people. I have, and always will, believe that layoffs should be a last resort. The unions, honestly, are not a bad entity, as long as you're working for one. They've worked hard making the USPS employee more modern, but they've also done a lot of bad things. Inside a normal Post Office, you have Clerks, Rural, and City Carriers. Each of these groups have different unions. The city carriers are paid hourly, but unsupervised so they can take longer delivering the mail. They're not rewarded on performance. Clerks are the same way. Clerks can take an hour long break with a ton of work still to do, and the carriers are waiting to start their day, and they CAN NOT touch the packages waiting to be sorted by the Clerks. The Rural carriers are paid a set "hourly" amount. As in, a person will get paid 5-9 hours a day, regardless on how long they actually work. The rural carriers will still get paid for 9 hours, even if they only work 8 hours. They're rewarded with time off for getting the job done quickly. The USPS is in need of some major help, and NO ONE in Congress is capable of doing it.

December 1, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
thesmartguy said...

@fftspam I work for a utility company.

I'll put your foolish posts in order:

"huh? MAYBE cross town... ONLY.

Id bet a letter sent from anywhere would arrive two days EARLIER than now. Eliminating one stopping point from the network would INCREASE speed. One less point of handling is more efficient" - That's counter intuitive. You're saying that changing the distribution center from Chattanooga to Atlanta will cause Chattanoogans to get their mail faster? How many stops along the way is that truck going to make going from Atlanta to Chattanooga? A LOT. You think the USPS can afford to separate the mail into hundreds of trucks? It costs a lot more to ship it by as few trucks as possible.

"Medications? Isn't it the responsibility of your provider to get them to you on time? " - No. Some medications are scheduled on a weekly to monthly basis. A lot of business have started charging extra for NOT scheduling a recurring medication to be available.

"There is NO argument to keep that place open. " - I've got plenty

"By the way.. allynda.. I don't think you actually pay a water bill... because if you did... you would know that your snail mail payment is sent to Pittsburgh PA... NOT Chattanooga. AGAIN busted argument... FAIL IDIOT." - Point was proven false above.

"I have no bias against the USPS.

I am what is called a 'customer' " - But you said you use UPS for all your parcels right? I don't believe that makes you a customer. Or are you saying you have a mailbox?

I don't have to work for the USPS to value it's service. That's right, it's a service. A service mandated in the Constitution. If you want the USPS to survive, get the politicians out of the equation.

December 1, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.
thesmartguy said...

@Reardon

Actually, there's a law against raising the cost of stamps over the price of inflation. Congress won't change it, so the USPS is stuck.

December 1, 2011 at 11:14 a.m.
thesmartguy said...

@Nosense

The USPS has been forced to pay BILLIONS of dollars in prefunded retiree benefits. It's not sustainable due in large part to the prefunding requirement that Congress enacted in 2005. It costs the USPS over $5 billion every year. The fund makes the deficit look smaller since the checks are written directly to the Treasury. Without the prefunding, the USPS would be in the black for the last 3 years, with room to spare.

December 1, 2011 at 11:13 a.m.
thesmartguy said...

@FlyingPurple

It's not really the unions that are causing the problem. It's the MULTIPLE unions. I think at last count, there are about 6 of them. You could reduce a good bit of hours, and even, increase workmanship if they reduced it down to 1 union. Right now, there's so much friction between workers it's horrendous to work there. A carrier can't even touch their parcels until a carrier has sorted it for them. If they do, a grievence is filed.

Reduce the bureaucracy of this place and save money, and jobs.

December 1, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
thesmartguy said...

The misinformation and outright lies spread here is coming to an end.

First of all, don't listen to a word fftspam has said. He's very obviously biased against the USPS.

Next, removing the chattanooga hub will NOT speed up your deliveries in any way, shape or form. This is ESPECIALLY true the closer you live to Chattanooga. If you live in ANY rural area outside of the city limits. Expect shipping times to increase. If you order from amazon, the shipping that will be MOST affected is the FREE shipping. The FREE shipping option is send my FedEx SmartPost, which delivers TO the USPS to complete the last mile.

Next, what do you people actually expect to happen to the parcel industry if the USPS shuts down? The USPS is the fastest, most accurate, and the largest parcel shipper IN THE WORLD. Do you really think FedEx and UPS are going to keep their rates low after their biggest competition has folded? Do you have friends or loved ones overseas on a military base that you want to send a letter to? Well, that's just .45. How much does FedEx or UPS charge you to send a letter to afghanistan? You want to compare USPS to UPS? Ok, let's do that. Did you know the USPS carries 10 times the amount of mail with less than HALF the employees? ALL american employees.

Next, did you know the USPS is NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE A PROFIT? Did you? They're supposed to make a $150 million profit this month, but they're not allowed to keep it. Congress gets that money so the deficit doesn't look as bad. IT's why the USPS is having to prefund retiree benefits for WORKERS WHO AREN'T EVEN BORN yet.

Next, ending Saturday deliveries will solve but only a very small problem. The hours for that day lost will be rolled into the other 5 days they're working. It's not like the carriers (yah, the people ACTUALLY doing the work in the rain, cold, snow, sleet, hail) will lose 1/6th of their paycheck. They won't be paid the 100% but it won't be that cut and dry. It will be the same amount of mail, the same matrix for mail counts, and only a very small cost savings. It's NOT worth the price. Let's not forget that most carriers that work on Saturday are only part time workers. They MIGHT work 4 times a month.

Finally, the USPS does need to change. They're already paid less than most of the UPS and FedEx drivers out their, but I think their pay should be reduced slightly. Say 10%. I'd also suggest taking Perot's recommendation from 20 years ago. Get rid of 60% of management. It's all overhead, and theyre not the ones out doing the work. There's no reason for a Postmaster at EVERY post office. A territory postmaster that covers 5-10 post offices in a given area would be A LOT better.

Go ahead and rebutt my points. I've got time.

December 1, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
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