USPS closing Springfield, Cape Girard...

USPS closing Springfield, Cape Girardeau centers

There are 32 comments on the News Tribune story from Feb 23, 2012, titled USPS closing Springfield, Cape Girardeau centers. In it, News Tribune reports that:

The U.S. Postal Service, hit hard by declining mail volume and revenue, has announced plans to close its mail processing and distribution centers in Springfield and Cape Girardeau, losing more than 130 positions.

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former postalboy

Saint Louis, MO

#21 Feb 26, 2012
Professional Guest wrote:
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It has everything to do with unmotivated workers. These workers KNEW they were up for the chopping block FOUR YEARS AGO. They did nothing about it their performance scores in the plant. NOTHING! The Union contracts are bleeding the USPS dry. As I stated to the other person, do a bit of research on this subject before you comment. Because seriously, you don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. Typical Southeast HICK!
I am curious as to how the employees control the "performance scores" you speak of. Is it the seldom tracking of a 1st class letter, that may very well go through 4 different plants. Is it the tracking of Priority Mail that often is loaded on to FedEx planes through joint contracts with them, that if volume is misjudged by a scanning system, the USPS mail will sit until the next plane so that their packages meet a timely delivery? Or is it the 1-2 day Express mail that may very well have made a destination at a plant on time, but a Postmaster doesn't want to drive 40 minutes to the plant to get it to make sure it hits a delivery target (it's just easier to deliver tomorrow and refund the money if the customer persists) or a postal supervisor doesn't want to alloow an em,ployee to deliver the express package to meet a 12pm deadline?
Ditto

Farmington, MO

#22 Feb 26, 2012
I'm not gonna sit here and read all the negative comments from professional "idiot" but I will say this. I have family member that has worked there for 15+ yrs. She bent over backwards working there nonstop with 60+ hrs a wk sometimes including working nites and evenings and various holidays which took away from her family. She did this for her family and to make sure her family had what they needed and what was best for them. So until u can sit here an say u have walked a mile in her shoes, don't sit here and badmouth the workers. While u all had Christmas, thanksgiving, new years, birthdays, or vacations and other breaks, these postal workers were making sure all of u got ur holiday cards an made sure u still got ur mail for the holidays. If it was for these so called lazy postal workers, some of u wouldnt have ur mail. And as soon as she found out a few months ago that she could be losing her job, she immediately started preparing herself and started looking for another job that she enjoyed more. This past week she finds out she is losing it and she is praying that it all works out in these hard postal workers favor. None of these workers have the option to retire or will get any unemployment because they work for the government. Which is bullshit in my book cause they all pay taxes just like we do. Nor, when they do lose their jobs, will they have insurance anymore. So before u call these postal workers "lazy," why don't u walk a mile in their shoes or have a normal conversation with them and talk about what their options are. I garuantee u, u will probably think twice about what u said unless u are just a heartless prick who only thinks of himself and no others!

“Being a Guest is my Career”

Since: Jan 12

Petticoat Junction

#23 Feb 26, 2012
TheRealMayMay wrote:
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You are so stupid!
The USPS is closing plants and offices but keeping the workers! Why would they keep the workers if they were the problem!?
all of the workers won't be kept.

“Being a Guest is my Career”

Since: Jan 12

Petticoat Junction

#24 Feb 26, 2012
former postalboy wrote:
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I am curious as to how the employees control the "performance scores" you speak of. Is it the seldom tracking of a 1st class letter, that may very well go through 4 different plants. Is it the tracking of Priority Mail that often is loaded on to FedEx planes through joint contracts with them, that if volume is misjudged by a scanning system, the USPS mail will sit until the next plane so that their packages meet a timely delivery? Or is it the 1-2 day Express mail that may very well have made a destination at a plant on time, but a Postmaster doesn't want to drive 40 minutes to the plant to get it to make sure it hits a delivery target (it's just easier to deliver tomorrow and refund the money if the customer persists) or a postal supervisor doesn't want to alloow an em,ployee to deliver the express package to meet a 12pm deadline?
your response answered your question. Although I am sure you don't see it that way.

“Being a Guest is my Career”

Since: Jan 12

Petticoat Junction

#25 Feb 26, 2012
Ditto wrote:
I'm not gonna sit here and read all the negative comments from professional "idiot" but I will say this. I have family member that has worked there for 15+ yrs. She bent over backwards working there nonstop with 60+ hrs a wk sometimes including working nites and evenings and various holidays which took away from her family. She did this for her family and to make sure her family had what they needed and what was best for them. So until u can sit here an say u have walked a mile in her shoes, don't sit here and badmouth the workers. While u all had Christmas, thanksgiving, new years, birthdays, or vacations and other breaks, these postal workers were making sure all of u got ur holiday cards an made sure u still got ur mail for the holidays. If it was for these so called lazy postal workers, some of u wouldnt have ur mail. And as soon as she found out a few months ago that she could be losing her job, she immediately started preparing herself and started looking for another job that she enjoyed more. This past week she finds out she is losing it and she is praying that it all works out in these hard postal workers favor. None of these workers have the option to retire or will get any unemployment because they work for the government. Which is bullshit in my book cause they all pay taxes just like we do. Nor, when they do lose their jobs, will they have insurance anymore. So before u call these postal workers "lazy," why don't u walk a mile in their shoes or have a normal conversation with them and talk about what their options are. I garuantee u, u will probably think twice about what u said unless u are just a heartless prick who only thinks of himself and no others!
You know what? Cry me a freakin' river. Your lady friend knew what she was getting into when she took the job. I don't feel sorry she had to work the holidays. Just like I don't feel sorry for doctors or nurses or military personnel. They all work the holidays and do a much better job at serving the public than a postal worker does.
Nation of Imbeciles

San Antonio, TX

#26 Feb 27, 2012
Postal service leadership did themselves in as an institution. The previous postmaster general, John Potter, was raking in more than $815,000 a year while driving the service into the ground. Everyone at the top got bonuses. The same goes for the entire government and all of its entities and sponsored enterprises.

The point is that we could have hired much brighter personnel for half of the cost and with fewer problems. Let's face it, if your nation's postal service is going into the toilet, what does that say about the future of America?

“Don't forget the Oxford Comma!”

Since: Nov 11

Location hidden

#27 Feb 27, 2012
former postalboy wrote:
<quoted text>The USPS has been mismanaged for a very long time. The 3 major components in this very sad demise are these: 1. The overpayment to Civil Service retirement funds. At least 8 years ago it was found it was fully funded to pay the people who had already retired and was over funded by 27 billion. Then after closer inspection, it was closer to 78 billion. So why didin't the government allow the USPS to have this back? During the "W" admin, the money was essentially earmarked elsewhere. Can't give back what you don't have. 2. Discounts to the bulk mailers. They had been given discounts larger than what than what it would cost to run the piece. Ever see "junk mail," that has .03 in the corner? I fully agree they should have discounts for the volume with which they mail, but not to exceed what it costs to run it.
3. Marketing. Yes email did away with snail mail, but the USPS has grossly failed at tapping the other half of its enterprise- packages. They were already in a hindrance by the Postal Regulatory Commission in that prices cannot be changed to reflect a changing environment (huge fuel spikes that cannot be offset)You are not going to suddenly get more 1st class mail being created, so you must target your other strengths.
The unions have provided employees a safe place to work through OSHA guidelines. The peace of mind knowing you can provide for your family and benfits in the event you get sick or a retirement plan that if you commit your life to the USPS, there is a reward with the ability to retire. You make this sound like it was just a playday for union workers because they drew a larger pay than a non union environment. How has the last administrations success at wiping out many of the protections that Unions have provided helped the economy? More business' have continued to move offshore, or drop more and more benefits from families. The reality of better pay, is more money spent locally, not overseas.
Or... maybe it was just the unions that closed the plant
I agree. Three reasons that revolve around money. Thank you for your post.
RetireHappy

United States

#28 Jun 23, 2013
I have worked at both of the Mail Processing centers in Cape Girardeau, while there are some excellent and some useless employees at both places, two things are fact. First, Cape Girardeau has by far the most efficient and hardest working people of the two sites. They have to be. They have been short-staffed for at least 15 years and somehow manage to get the job done besides having to overcome a small handful of worthless sponges who work harder at avoiding work than they would if they actually helped get the job done. the real underlying problem behind the problems both places face, and I'm sure that Cape and St. Louis aren't alone, is a disfunctional management system that is chained by micromanagement, apathy and sheer laziness. The USPS management system doesn't seek out decision makers, rather it recruits mediocre yes men with zero emphasis on leadership skills. Decent supervisors are eventually weeded out and put in dead end positions, which forces most of us to abandon a management career path and go back to craft positions or leave the USPS completely. Any manager who doesn't play ball in an often self-destructive agenda is doomed. Thanks God I made it out. Most postal employees would tell you that in the end, the excellent pay and benefits are not worth the toll on your family life, social life, mental-physical-spiritual health. Out of that environment now, I see the person I started out as, who I was at the end of my career and that latter person is once again unrecognizable to me. That job nearly destroyed me as a person. If you are young and are thinking of a career in public service, consider the military or anywhere else but the USPS. Knowing how St. Louis operates, if I were still living in Southeast MO, I would be paying all my bills online before trusting my check to get through St. Louis mail processing to the recipient on time to avoid late payments.
RetireHappy

United States

#29 Jun 23, 2013
Correction to type o... I have worked at both of the Mail Processing centers in Cape Girardeau AND St. Louis. (Cape only has one mail processing center)
liberal waiting on check

Olive Branch, MS

#30 Jul 4, 2013
Professional Guest wrote:
Union jobs.
Un motivated employees.
equals plant closure.
why do the postal workers seem pissed and unhappy everytime you walk in to purchase a stamp? are they pissed because the postal service is going broke? patrick is trying to fix the problem, why are they pissed at him? patrick said that its the emails and text , union wages, pensions, the reason the postal service is going broke. guffey shut the hell up and let patrick do his job! hang in there patrick, hang in there rep. issa, fix our postal service, do what ever it takes.
Alfred

Atlanta, GA

#31 Jul 27, 2014
Connection

Ballwin, MO

#32 Jul 27, 2014
Alfred wrote:
http://pro.kzim-am.tritonflex. com/common/more.php?m=49&a ction=blog&r=1&post_id =76011
This explains why my priority mail is not received on time.

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