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RIKSNYPerson was signed in when posted
02:13 PM ET (US)
It's not necessary.
In offices where no other personnel are available, make sure the mail, the postal facility, and its contents
are secure before leaving. (PO-603, 480)
stillfirstclassPerson was signed in when posted
01:54 PM ET (US)
not once in my 32 years.
Suzy PullumPerson was signed in when posted
02:01 PM ET (US)
I am wanting to know if Monday through Friday a Postmaster or Supervisor is suppose to be in the office when rural carriers return from their routes.
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TbearPerson was signed in when posted
07:02 AM ET (US)
How do I vote. I am 100% for cards. That was an excellent idea. I asked the pm if they had any program like that she said no.
marvdpPerson was signed in when posted
04:16 PM ET (US)
Carrier Assistant Route Delivery System (CARDS) – GPS (Proposal on IdeaSmart - Please vote if you agree)
It takes significant time for new and existing carriers to learn the line of travel for new walking and mounted routes. The shadow day does little to prepare a new carrier for the demands of a route. The current process leads to delivery disruptions, increased hours, misdeliveries, missed deliveries, and personal frustration.

When emergencies or vacant (uncovered routes) arise, individuals unfamiliar with the route may be tasked with its completion. After generally taking longer than normal to case the route he or she then faces the daunting duty of delivering to strange territory. In many case, they will face darkness before completion, eclipse the desired 1700 time, exceed evaluated/estimated time, and ultimately feel he or she has failed.

Proposed Solution :

Develop a route GPS system that allows new/existing carriers to deliver mail to any route via verbal commands. Like a normal GPS system, it would tell them when and where to turn, broadcasts delivery instructions for parcels, as well as potential hazards. It would be the equivalent of the current Line-of-Travel (PS Form 4003) except it would be digitally mapped and directions given verbally. For example (verbal commands): pull left out of parking lot, turn left on Highway 133, approaching box at 11433 Highway 133 in 200 feet, next box in 300 feet, turn left in 1.1 miles on County Road 200. The database of RIMS and the 4003 programs could interact to keep the most current delivery route.

To start you select your zip code and route number (R001, H001, C001, etc.) to get underway. A carrier can focus on delivering instead of taking wrong roads, following a printed map or PS form 4003. It would work equally well for park-n-loop, mounted, or collection routes.
You save enormous costs by having immediately productive employees, reduce needed training, save gas by taking only the right turns, save countless hours, guarantee earlier delivery times, etc.
Additional options for the CARDS program could include: notice of holds, temporary forwards, special instructions, etc. For example, upon approach, “mail for 1222 Highway 133 is on hold, mail for 2222 Highway w is being forwarded.”
Stoopid GoobersPerson was signed in when posted
10:39 PM ET (US)
Been in trouble or are you naturally lacking in confidence? They just might be looking for Christmas help.
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not retiring yetPerson was signed in when posted
12:37 AM ET (US)
/m2638 WE have a throw back case. slots for each route. We just put it in the slot. The clerks handle it in the morning. Would come back in with the raw mail or hot mail case.
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
06:44 AM ET (US)
It will be different for every office so there's no one right answer. I'd ask my steward what he does with it, or ask boss what he wants you to do with it.
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stillfirstclassPerson was signed in when posted
07:10 PM ET (US)
never dealt with 4, but had several 2's. do you taco flats or stand them up? the first address to get mail for slot, if it is the for the first two, put all the way in. if it is for the last two, let stick out a couple of inches. i would bet that one of the addresses gets a good chunk of the flats.. do you case dps? probably no room.. the best advise i can give is don't compare yourself to the regular. find out what works by stealing ideas that work for you. hybred is the best
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CwaraksaPerson was signed in when posted
03:15 PM ET (US)
Thank you for reply and advice. They were made aware of clicking noise. It was in my statement and brought up at pdi. No response to this.
vmf report was promised to all for the pdi. It was not there. All sides are angered by this. Off the record, I was told the parking brake was "adjusted" after my repair request and it was service by local shop, not usps facility.
I appreciate x-stew and all replies, positive, negative, and in between.
I understand that the video is on the clock and everyone, guilty or innocent, are required to watch video. Anyone involved in any kind of accident.
I met with the union rep prior to the pdi. I showed her the safety talk and driving absolutes list. On my phone. Strangely, both were still posted, no alteration in any way, by the schedules. Nothing had changed in writing or verbally, as far as I know.
One immediate grievance was file question if the use of emergency placement was required and necessary.
The other rollaway happened literally three days later and 10 minutes away. While the MPOO was in my station! I don't know any details (prop damage, etc.) but I was told through the grapevine (trustworthy?) the carrier admitted at the scene to not using the parking brake. He has a lot of years.
I still haven't been reinstated but is should be very soon. If in the end this amounts to a stressful unscheduled, paid 2 week vacation, I can't complain. My wife wants me to leave usps, she feels its a little dysfunctional. I mean, the truck itself has returned to work and I have not!!!!
leavingPerson was signed in when posted
04:55 PM ET (US)
/m2632 -- Cwaraksa -- Glad to hear things are looking better for you.

-- Was the Vehicle Maintenance Facility made aware that you heard "clicking" noises as your vehicle rolled? If so, any response from them?

-- Any word what was at the root of the other roll-away?

-- Heed and do what "X-stew" as suggested.

-- As many of the questions you faced had nothing to do with a roll-away, sounds as if manglement knew they were on thin ice and were fishing for something else to charge you with.

-- On the plus side, watching that 4-hour video will be "on the clock".

-- Keep your cool.

-- Manglement probably had little choice in using the Emergency Suspension. "Fails to observe safety rules" is one of the 5 categories when applying it. The carrier will be the first suspect when a roll-away occurs until proven otherwise. In your case, there was a parking brake issue. It will take manglement time to clean up their own mess.

-- Previously you mentioned that manglement said the "absolutes" were outdated. By any chance has manglement issued an updated list? If not, why not? Ask your union rep if a grievance would be advisable.

-- Also ask the union rep if the VMF report has been made available.
CwaraksaPerson was signed in when posted
05:25 PM ET (US)
Thank you for reply and help. Stress level lower now. Union rep keeps telling me to calm down she stated that the usps never questioned my following of rules. But the are in an embarassing place with 2 rollaways in 4 days. The truck has been investigated repaired returned and in use. Parking brake issues.
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