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Fed up postal worker sounds off

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From page A8 | June 01, 2014 |

Yes, the U.S. Postal Service needs a change, not necessarily in the method of delivery but in the area of management.

In the early 1980s, a national survey was conducted on the national average of supervisors per employee. The average came up 1 supervisor per 18 to 21 employees. This was also conducted in the postal service and it came up 1 supervisor per six to eight workers.

There have also been reported pilot programs, such as having no postmaster or supervisor in the office, with the office managed by regular workers. They found less sick leave and higher mail output. Another program was to move all of the boxes to one side of the street. This also proved to be efficient, but never really implemented.

Ask any postal worker not in the management side of the house and they will tell the same stories. Once you become a manager or supervisor, it is as though they are vested so as to not lose their job and in some instances even promoted, sometimes beyond what they are capable of or qualified for.

Always remember, the mail carrier are the eyes and ears of their community. With 27½ years and quit!

Paul Smith

Vacaville

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  • Rich GiddensMay 27, 2014 - 9:54 am

    Somehow we must get beyond the absolute constitutional requirement in Article One, Section Seven, Clause Six that calls for ''post offices and postal roads''. In this modern era, such services can most effectively be outsourced to UPS, FedEx, DHL and others. Government by it's nature can't cost effectively or efficiently provide goods and services.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 27, 2014 - 6:08 pm

    I agree that private enterprise will generally do things more efficiently at a lower cost. Unfortunately, FedEx, UPS and DHL do not have the infrastructure or size to deliver the US Mail. Not unless you want to pick it up at a central location.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 27, 2014 - 10:51 pm

    Mr. P, you are correct and, as usual, richie rich has no idea what he's talking about except that is, he thinks, it's antigovernment. The post office is not government and the private carriers all depend on it to take the packages to the places it costs too much to deliver to. The post office would be doing better if it didn'!t have to prefund the health costs and retirement for 75 Years into the future. They might be able to use that money to modernize.

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 28, 2014 - 5:54 am

    USPS is much improved. Priority Mail has been revitalizing product for them to regain market share in the shipping business. They are now faster and cheaper that either Fed Ex or UPS.

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  • LarryJune 01, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Mike, the Postal Service is a government agency. It is govern by a Board of Governors that is made up from the private sector. Private enterprise will not agree to outsource from the Post Office, because of the costs. The problem with the Post Office is the leaders at the top. They failed to project the vision of the Internet 20 years ago, another problem is to much regulations that is placed upon them, and of course our congress who do nothing to help.

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  • Mike KirchubelJune 01, 2014 - 11:09 am

    An independent agency. It is not the federal government.

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  • JagMay 27, 2014 - 10:05 am

    I don’t even think my mail carrier speaks English; they should cut the delivery to 3 days a week and layoff as many as possible.

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  • Mike KirchubelJune 01, 2014 - 11:10 am

    Pornac? Is that you?

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  • JagJune 01, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Sorry not filmier with pornac I have seen that name but can’t remember what that person is about, my simple point is with on line bill pay and email we don’t need the post office like we used to, Remember sometime last year they tried to close just a few post offices in both districts republican and democrats and it was stopped, these guys run millions of dollars every year in debt and they can’t even close a few offices that is crazy, Congress needs to step out of the way and let these guys make the cuts wherever that see fit to run it with in there budget.

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  • Mike KirchubelJune 01, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    They run millions of dollars in debt every year? Can you explain?

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  • JagJune 01, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    According to Bloomberg web site the postal service debt is to hit 45 Billion (excuse me I was off ) later this year if it does not make some changes and has reached its $15 billion limit on what it’s allowed to borrow, and yes you are correct 5.6 Billion if for future retirement so I think we are somewhat saying the same thing here, my point is congress needs to untie their hands let me just pay current reties for now, If they need to cut delivery close offices or cut management staff so be it, I think the postmaster general is trying but it seems congress has to ok any move they want to make.

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  • mike kirchubelJune 01, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Agreed.

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  • JagJune 01, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    I am a right winger... just a level headed pro choice one,,,

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  • mike kirchubelJune 01, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Level headed AND a right winger? Is that even possible?

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