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Old 08-02-2020, 08:55 PM
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I've already seen "Save our Post Office" stickers on the mailboxes where I live.

Slowing down the mail wouldn't just have an effect on ballots. For those who receive medications by mail delivery, hindering mail processing seems terrible.
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Old 08-03-2020, 06:26 AM
Location: Elysium
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The trap of saving on employee benefit packages left us with a postal service that depended upon liberal overtime and penalty overtime payments for basic operations. Thus unable to surge operations in times like these when parcels are jamming the system as they traditionally only did during December when there are no penalty overtime payments.

Due to it being vacation season along with many going into two weeks of isolation if someone in their house turned up positive has left many districts in meltdown when the PMG announced the intention to change the culture of the service.

Right now everything moves at the speed of the last piece, no matter the cost. If a carrier comes back to the station after the last dispatch truck left with as little as one letter someone handed to him on the street then a postal worker at double his pay rate runs that one piece to the processing plant. And going the other way to get that last piece trucks are held at the plant thus causing entire carrier units to go into overtime just because they waited on the truck delayed for that last piece.

25 years ago to avoid penalty double payments the cut was made at 10 hours if it wasn't done mail was brought back reported and sent out the first thing the next morning. Then came the push to compete with email and that 10 hour stop became a 12 hour stop with many more carriers receiving two hours at double time to get those last pieces. The only difference now is that you have an informed delivery picture and a tracking number and can see the delay
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