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The following article/opinion was submitted to Postal Employee Network anonymously and does not necessarily reflect our views or opinion.
I am a letter carrier and a shop steward for the NALC. I have some knowledge of the inner workings of the Postal Service and served on the MIARAP process both as a local office contact as well as on the District Evaluation and Adjustment Team to evaluate and consolidate routes in the **** District (distrtict name removed by PEN). I have been a letter carrier starting as a casual in 1992, a transitional in 1993 to a part time flexible to a full time regular.
Being that I have worked out of the district office for the better part of the last 8 months I have seen first hand what goes on. The level of oversight and managerial justification is obscene. The implementation of technical items like FSS (OIG report suggested that FSS be scrapped that the money will never be recouped) implementing GPS in postal vehicles with monitoring. MSP points, DOIS and all their other abbrevations. The Postal Service has become nothing more than management justifying their own jobs by adding more jobs to watch craft employees.
The management constantly violates the contract for self-imposed rules to meet bogus criteria. When grievances are filed they happily pay the penalty because it still means their criteria has been met. The postal service has what is known as a 5 O’Clock rule. They want all carriers to have their deliveries complete by 5 PM. To accomplish this they will pay a regular senior carrier double time to assist a transitional employee making $18 dollars an hour so that transitional will make 5 pm. Meaning that the postal service will pay $52.00 an hour to help the help because of a self imposed 5 O’Clock rule!! This happens constantly.
Management will spend 20 minutes arguing over a 5 minute deviation of schedule. Issue discipline on that 5 minutes costing time to the carrier, management, the shop steward as well as NALC rep and the DRT to settle it. This is not an exaggeration. The amount of money wasted on bogus discipline and managerial oversight must be close to a billion dollars a year.
Letter carriers are constantly harassed by unskilled improperly trained supervisors and managers that in many instances could not do the job, which is why they went into management. The ASP program was a futile effort in trying to improve management, unfortunately somehow it just got worse.
The amount of waste at the Headquarter level is mind boggling. There is even a speech writer!! The Postmaster General earns $265,000 General Counsel $153.000, Judicial Officer $163,000, Senior VP Customer relations $193,000, Senior VP Strategy & Transitions $187,000, President mailing & Shipping Services $232,500, Chief Human Resource Officer $230,000, Senior VP Operations $186,500, VP & Managing Director Global Business $164,312, VP Delivery and Post Office Operations $165,235, VP Facilities $181,400, VP Network Operations $175,000, VP of Engineering $163,446, VP Area Operations $189,500, VP of Corporate Communications $170,000, VP of Consumer Advocate $173,000, VP of Pricing $170,000, VP Retail Poducts and Services $164,312, VP Sales $180,400, VP Expedited Shipping $170,000, International Postal Affairs Specialist $107,190, Speech Writer $107,000, Capital Investment Specialist $97,296, VP Employee Resource Management $179,000, VP Development & Diversity $176,300, VP Labor Relations $177,000, VP Supply Management $181,000, VP Controller $174,250, VP Sustainability $175,000, Deputy Postmaster General $240,000.
These are actual salaries before bonuses and everyone of these positions received a bonus package. That brings just the top people at headquarters in Washington D.C to a staggering and ridiculous $5,294,641 in just salary, this does not include benefits for 30 employees. This is CIVIL SERVICE!! Let me not even start with the homes that are purchased for management relocation costs.
The waste and expense that management pays management is the cause of the downfall of the United States Postal Service, not union contracts or the employees that are giving 110% each and every day! Mr. Potter is not only dead wrong but is the cause!