Plan to study USPS consolidation unwe...

Plan to study USPS consolidation unwelcome delivery for many

There are 75 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Feb 16, 2011, titled Plan to study USPS consolidation unwelcome delivery for many. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Rebecca Marie, back left, and Teresa Mares, back right, both sales and services associates for the U.S. Post Office, help customers Tuesday at the Commerce Drive station.

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Deputy276

United States

#1 Feb 16, 2011
Do it. Don't BS around. Just do it. Send it to EP for sorting and cut off Saturday service. Or face the whole thing going tits up or getting so expensive it's not used.
Concerned

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Feb 16, 2011
What really bothers me is getting my neighbors mail in my mail box, or worse my neighbors getting my mail. I think a lot of people are frustrated with our post office, but have just gotten tired of complaining because the service doesn`t improve.In a few years the post office will fade into the past just like corner payphone booths.
Carol

Pinehurst, NC

#3 Feb 16, 2011
El Paso can't keep power supplied to Las Cruces...how in the heck can they be expected to deliver mail efficiently?
FormerCarrier

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Feb 16, 2011
I retired from USPS in Pasadena CA 18 yrs ago.
Carried mail in the poorest section of Pasadadena
and the 15th most affluent bedroom community in the
US, San Marino, the home of the Huntington Museum.

We were dedicated to service, and full time carriers on routes for years. Now we have many part time carriers who shift from one route to
another. It takes about 3 months to learn the names
of the residents and businesses.

They actualy put the name inside apts boxes.
They have been hiring people today who have no
chance of making full time and will not get the
type of benefits we received.

The post office always had a habit of putting
10 lbs or manure in an 8 lb bag. We were all making
the same money and all should do be able to do the
same amount of work. 5ft 6in men or woman should be
able to do the same legwork as a 6ft 2in man.

A 15 yr employee gets 26 days paid vacation, 10 paid holidays and 104 hours of sick leave annually.
Sick leave is accrued and paid off if unused at
retirement.

A 5 yr employee gets 20 days vacation.
A 1 yr employee gets 13 days vacation.

In the 1980's they changed the retirement from
CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT ACT to FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Last year they offered early retirement to 1000's.

All full time craft workers (clerks & carriers)
were guaranteed job protection after making a full
timer and could not lose jobe unless they REALLY
SCREWED UP.

Service is MUCH better now than 6 yrs ago.
The talk now is to eliminate many offices they rent. Advertising is way down. That made money.

The Post office was always one of the most trusted
orginizations in America. Many people complained
cause they didn't know how the system worked.

It is also one of the most INFLEXIBLE organizations

They have many "grandfathered" rules.

They have a menu of health plans with some special
plans restricted to different levels of employment.

THE CARRIERS UNION (NALC) IS FIGHTING THE ELIMINATION OF SATURDAY DELIVERY.

I am grateful for the benefits I receive and do not
take them for granted, I carried 8Ft letters and
flats each day for 17 yrs.

85% of all craft workers were former military.
Paul

Santa Fe, NM

#5 Feb 16, 2011
It is good business to consolidate.Everyone uses the net to do mail,then bitch when someone steals their identity.If they would send it by mail that wouldn't happen.Right now I'm fighting with the P.O to find out what happened to my package.Maybe the guy delivering the package stole it,I don,t know they lost it.This is the 1st time in 60 years they lost something.I think it's the new guy on the block.All they want is a job,no dedication to the company or who they work for.
Mailrail

Huntsville, AL

#6 Feb 16, 2011
Our mail lady is lazy and sometimes doesn't even drop off our mail. She thinks she holds some kind of power over us.
lucky

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Feb 16, 2011
FormerCarrier wrote:
I retired from USPS in Pasadena CA 18 yrs ago.
Carried mail in the poorest section of Pasadadena
and the 15th most affluent bedroom community in the
US, San Marino, the home of the Huntington Museum.
We were dedicated to service, and full time carriers on routes for years. Now we have many part time carriers who shift from one route to
another. It takes about 3 months to learn the names
of the residents and businesses.
They actualy put the name inside apts boxes.
They have been hiring people today who have no
chance of making full time and will not get the
type of benefits we received.
The post office always had a habit of putting
10 lbs or manure in an 8 lb bag. We were all making
the same money and all should do be able to do the
same amount of work. 5ft 6in men or woman should be
able to do the same legwork as a 6ft 2in man.
A 15 yr employee gets 26 days paid vacation, 10 paid holidays and 104 hours of sick leave annually.
Sick leave is accrued and paid off if unused at
retirement.
A 5 yr employee gets 20 days vacation.
A 1 yr employee gets 13 days vacation.
In the 1980's they changed the retirement from
CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT ACT to FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Last year they offered early retirement to 1000's.
All full time craft workers (clerks & carriers)
were guaranteed job protection after making a full
timer and could not lose jobe unless they REALLY
SCREWED UP.
Service is MUCH better now than 6 yrs ago.
The talk now is to eliminate many offices they rent. Advertising is way down. That made money.
The Post office was always one of the most trusted
orginizations in America. Many people complained
cause they didn't know how the system worked.
It is also one of the most INFLEXIBLE organizations
They have many "grandfathered" rules.
They have a menu of health plans with some special
plans restricted to different levels of employment.
THE CARRIERS UNION (NALC) IS FIGHTING THE ELIMINATION OF SATURDAY DELIVERY.
I am grateful for the benefits I receive and do not
take them for granted, I carried 8Ft letters and
flats each day for 17 yrs.
85% of all craft workers were former military.
never experienced so many mail problems since i moved to las cruces from calif. my hand 2 hand mail deli 2 neighbors house. christmas cards late . but its getting better and if consolidating cuts jobs i'll live with it. re; the head of the fish dies before the body. retired from union 30 years from calif .ps did not have mail problems in calif. great service and they deli 2 my door.

“Close the Borders”

Since: Jun 08

Out in the County

#8 Feb 16, 2011
One would think if the USPS had so many fewer pieces of mail in the system .... that they would be more efficient.

Does not seem to be the case.
FYI

Rio Rancho, NM

#9 Feb 16, 2011
oldnavy2001 wrote:
One would think if the USPS had so many fewer pieces of mail in the system .... that they would be more efficient.
Does not seem to be the case.
Not with less employees.
headaches

Huntsville, AL

#10 Feb 16, 2011
USPS needs to stop hiring all these old geezers who cant lift a box or walk to mailboxes or to someone's door. Our mail deliverer puts slips (sorry we missed you) even when we are home!!!! Just pure laziness of getting out of your truck and walking up to a door.
Lou

United States

#11 Feb 16, 2011
Did anyone notice and appreciate the fact that postal delivery went uninterrupted when everything else closed during the recent cold snap? The USPS needs to become more competitive and consolidation may do this and actually speed up delivery,although still a study I can virtually guarantee that this change will occur as it has it many other regions of the nation.
snowflakes

Huntsville, AL

#12 Feb 16, 2011
Lou wrote:
Did anyone notice and appreciate the fact that postal delivery went uninterrupted when everything else closed during the recent cold snap? The USPS needs to become more competitive and consolidation may do this and actually speed up delivery,although still a study I can virtually guarantee that this change will occur as it has it many other regions of the nation.
As it should!!! Wow! 2 inches of snow and people think the world is ending in Las Cruces. I have family in NY that would laugh at our failed flakes of snow and those poor USPS people STILL deliver mail and dont complain like the ones here in Las Cruces. What USPS needs to do is hire active and more reliable people instead of the retired old people that cant even bend down to pick up their mistakes.
ex-pert

Kent, WA

#13 Feb 16, 2011
snowflakes wrote:
<quoted text>
As it should!!! Wow! 2 inches of snow and people think the world is ending in Las Cruces. I have family in NY that would laugh at our failed flakes of snow and those poor USPS people STILL deliver mail and dont complain like the ones here in Las Cruces. What USPS needs to do is hire active and more reliable people instead of the retired old people that cant even bend down to pick up their mistakes.
In the interest of fair play, please post where you work. The rest of us can then, use dated stereotypes to insult a moniker user, called snowflake. Really ?
snowflake

Huntsville, AL

#14 Feb 16, 2011
ex-pert wrote:
<quoted text>In the interest of fair play, please post where you work. The rest of us can then, use dated stereotypes to insult a moniker user, called snowflake. Really ?
Stereotypes? Did someone get their little OLD feelings hurt? obviously, you have never been to our post office and have seen the facts for yourself.

Oh and I work at the post office some bring on the insults please.
Jettkrash

San Antonio, TX

#15 Feb 16, 2011
USPS should close down and contract with UPS and FedEx. They do a better job, are more efficient and extremely timely with their deliveries. Uncle Sam's mail system is long overdue to be put out to pasture.
amendoza0801

La Puente, CA

#16 Feb 16, 2011
My mother lives in a new subdivion in th west mesa, when she first moved there they could even find the street. Some of the mail we sent her from California got lost never to be recovered. It sometimes took 7 to 10 days for her to recieve her mail. When she complained they told her it was because the mail comes from El Paso. Just another way of the government over looking the importance of Las Cruces, NM!!!
Reb

Las Cruces, NM

#17 Feb 16, 2011
Las Cruces had not so long ago a really bad Postmaster and since he's been gone its better. But overall its a system that will continue to fail regardless of the local issues. Too many options for a non competetive (non) business model to survive against.
ex-pert

Kent, WA

#18 Feb 16, 2011
snowflake wrote:
<quoted text>
Stereotypes? Did someone get their little OLD feelings hurt? obviously, you have never been to our post office and have seen the facts for yourself.
Oh and I work at the post office some bring on the insults please.
If/When you actually write something intelligent, I might post. So far, you haven't. Are you even capable ?
Deputy276

United States

#19 Feb 16, 2011
headaches wrote:
USPS needs to stop hiring all these old geezers who cant lift a box or walk to mailboxes or to someone's door. Our mail deliverer puts slips (sorry we missed you) even when we are home!!!! Just pure laziness of getting out of your truck and walking up to a door.
Hire them? The geezers were born inside one of those time machines. Go stand in line in a PO with 6 windows and only 2 are EVER open at any time. If 3 are open it's because 1 is fixing to go on break. There should be signs over the doors going in "Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here". Add in 58 Mexicans, 7 Guatemalans plus a Honduran or 3 buying money orders to send to abuela, hece. Worse yet multiple money orders to pay for everything since they NEVER have a bank account in the US.
Deputy276

United States

#20 Feb 16, 2011
Jettkrash wrote:
USPS should close down and contract with UPS and FedEx. They do a better job, are more efficient and extremely timely with their deliveries. Uncle Sam's mail system is long overdue to be put out to pasture.
Add in DHL or one more large carrier to help ensure fair rates and I totally agree.

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