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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1050 on: June 28, 2019, 11:25:38 AM »
Called USPS HR to sign up with the military buy back program but my paperwork for going career has not been finalized yet so I can't get started on that till maybe next week.

Overall I'm adjusting to my new job role working the counter and I'm already being thrown to the wolves. . I've had to fill in twice this week for others that were out and today they had another window clerk they knew was going to be off but did nothing to cover for that person. I was apparently supposed to cover for him buy no one ever contacted me so I came in at my normal 5am which means I had to be off the clock by 1:30pm to get my 8 hours which left the lead clerk alone till 5pm. She was none too happy about this and will more than likely file a grievance with the union.
For the first 2 weeks of July will be back at the tiny post office in Edgemoor SC while the clerk that runs that post office is on a 2 week vacation so I'll be all by myself and away from the rest of the daily mayhem at the other post offices in town 8)


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1051 on: July 13, 2019, 01:50:56 AM »
Last day at the small post office in Edgemoor and I return back to my regular role as a window clerk at the post offices in town. Then I get a text from that dipshit manager saying he's changing my schedule to work at the main office a couple days this coming week >:(
According to the union now that I'm career, once the schedule is posted for the week it can't be changed unless it's an emergency and any time I work outside my posted schedule I am supposed to get 'out of schedule' pay which is considered time and a half so luckily a coworker sent me a copy of the posted schedule for the week and any changes made to it I should turn into the union rep at the end of the week to insure I get paid my 'out of schedule' pay.
We'll see how this works out :-\
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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1052 on: July 20, 2019, 12:49:43 PM »
The Union rep will be processing my 'Out of Schedule' grievance this coming week for my overtime pay. It may take a couple weeks but I accrued 7 1/2 hours outside my posted schedule so that'll be time and a half pay there 8)

Found out today that the new PSE (Postal Support Employee) was removed from the work schedule as of yesterday and may not return. She was apparently injured last month and had not filed an injury report until yesterday before the 30 or 45 day (not exactly sure which time frame it is) limit was up to file a injury claim for workers comp. She has not worked her 90 days so that will also be factor.
The assistant manager called in the senior clerk who trained me to do evening dispatch on overtime and will probably have to handle evening dispatch for outgoing mail for the foreseeable future. That'll be out of schedule pay for him as well. I could do the job but being that we are already understaffed, I'm needed more as a lunch relief at another office as the clerk there is by herself while another clerk in on vacation all week.
USPS Human Resourses still has not posted my job on the USPS career website and now with that PSE gone, they need to fill 2 positions. It's bizarre how inefficient the USPS Human Resources is when it comes to filling jobs.. Just the other day I saw a PSE job posted for a neighboring county post office where I worked for 1 day 3 months ago and they just now posted that job ???


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1053 on: July 24, 2019, 02:02:39 AM »
So I've been working long hours at the smallest post office we have here in town and found out this week that both clerks that work there will be going on vacation in the middle of August and I'm being shown all sorts of stuff to be done from open to close as I have a feeling I'll be 'thrown to the wolves' once again to open and close this post office for a week or longer.. I am the most junior of 20 clerks at all 3 post offices so it would make much more sense to perhaps schedule one of them to open and close as all of them have been doing this work for years where I've only been doing this for over a month :-\
I've been asked by a few clerks if I plan on taking any vacation this year and I would like to but the calendar is filled with days that other clerks have already chosen which leaves me very few choices to chose from.. Maybe the middle of September I could get a few days as I need to get Phase 2 of my window replacement project at my home completed and the termites that were discovered removed and repairs made but then I think how short staffed we are and me taking time off will put further strain on the other coworkers to get the daily mail sorted and ready for the carriers. I put a lot on myself as I did with my business my late wife and I ran for years as it's like a personal pride thing to do my job as quickly and efficiently as possible while fighting physical pain that I deal with daily from my aging body :-[
Trying to keep my work stress to a minimum, I've had to take an almost daily regiment of sleeping medicine every night just to get a decent nights sleep. Without it I'm averaging between 3 to 5 hours of sleep because once I wake up my mind starts thinking about work, things to do, looking ahead, strategizing things, etc. The sleeping medicine is 50mg gel caps from Maker's Mark and they do work, but a side affect is I have some intense/weird dreams.. Some have included my late wife and her family which put me in a depressed mood when I wake up remembering only bits and pieces of the dreams..
I just wish we had extra help as the younger folks that have been brought in just don't seem to hack it and wind up quitting after a few months. It's pretty sad that see as I was raised to work hard but the younger generation for the most part don't seem to want to deal with jobs like this anymore and it doesn't bode well for the USPS future..


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1054 on: July 24, 2019, 11:20:49 AM »
So it's confirmed the new PSE that filed the injury report is no longer employed with the USPS. She apparently showed up to work Monday and was escorted off the premises by the assistant manager.

Then manager Dilbert texts me today saying to call him while I'm working the counter at another post office and wants to know why I filed a out-of-schedule grievance? Because that's the procedure per the union; If a schedule is posted and it is changed after it's been posted, I am to get paid time and a half for any time over my originally scheduled time. I was simply following procedure. So then he hangs up on me and I go back to work.

If there's one thing manager Dilbert knows how to do very well it's play dumb ::)


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1055 on: July 26, 2019, 03:42:33 PM »
Got thrown to the wolves again today! This time at the small PO box post office here in town where I was forced to run it all by myself because one senior clerk has been on vacation all week and the other lead clerk that was supposed to be there called in sick. Opened at 8:30am and then I called my idiot boss an hour in and he said he was gonna send somebody over to help. An hour after that I got a call from Charlotte where they monitor the cameras as to how many customers are in line wondering where my help was and I firmly told him that I requested help 2 hours ago and no one has shown up yet! No one showed till 11:30am and she was never informed by the dipshit manager to come over! She stayed till 2:30pm and that was pushing the 10 hour mark for her and she had to leave so I had to run it alone again till 5pm with non-stop customers! I didn't even clock out for lunch because when she showed up I had to do PO box mail and that took almost the entire 3 hours she was there to finish so I literally worked 9.5 hours straight with no lunch nor breaks in between!
I'm too mentally drained to be angry currently but most of the day I was livid yet had to maintain a calm polite demeanor dealing with customers all day. I managed to pull in over $3300 dollars by myself so despite the incredible amount of stress I was put under, it was still a successful day :-[


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1056 on: July 27, 2019, 05:12:08 PM »
Calmer day today working at my normal post office and had to work dispatch for the first time since I went full time/career and it was pretty laid back overall.
I went to look at the schedule and it's been altered again. This time on Wednesday only. I was told that it was left blank and written in but when I looked at the next week's schedule today it was whited out and a different time frame at another post office was written in on Wednesday and the back side of the paper clearly shows what ever was there was covered up purposely. So I was not able to get a chance to see the original schedule and now that it's been altered that could be another violation of the union/postal contract. Clearly the idiot manager is trying to skirt around the union's rules and mess with my schedule for some odd reason.. Looks like I'll need to have another talk with my union rep and they could require that they submit an unaltered copy of my schedule to monitor each week for the foreseeable future ..


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1057 on: July 27, 2019, 06:05:04 PM »
CEO of a company I used to work for finally fired (announced as a resignation) on Friday. Over 5 years under his reign stock went from $40 a share to just over $1. I left 3 years ago after he started firing anyone who told him his plans for the company were going to lead to where they have. I'd take more satisfaction in the news if he hadn't made $5 million plus each year as CEO and I'm guessing he got a multi-million dollar severance package despite his gross mismanagement.


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1058 on: July 28, 2019, 06:35:34 AM »
It still amazes me how idiots get promoted to high levels like this despite their gross incompetence which the working class suffers for being let go.. >:(

Been working on filling out my paperwork to take 2 half days in August for my upcoming annual physical at the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic, one on the morning of the 12th for blood work the other on the morning of the 19th for the results. I'll be submitting the paperwork on Monday so there should be no issues with the scheduling but after recent events it would not surprise me that the conveniently forget ::)


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1059 on: July 28, 2019, 07:14:17 AM »
Sad thing regarding the CEO is that it was the 2nd company in a row that he led to ruin (most recent company still in business just not making a profit-company before that went bankrupt about 6 months after he was fired) and I'd be willing to bet that within 12 months he'll get hired as a CEO of another company.


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1060 on: July 28, 2019, 10:04:30 AM »
Sad thing regarding the CEO is that it was the 2nd company in a row that he led to ruin (most recent company still in business just not making a profit-company before that went bankrupt about 6 months after he was fired) and I'd be willing to bet that within 12 months he'll get hired as a CEO of another company.
Sounds like he's a prime candidate for the Trump administration.



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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1061 on: August 01, 2019, 01:54:23 AM »
Worked at the downtown post office yesterday and it sounds like there's an investigation going in into manager Dilbert that could lead to his eventual removal (as in termination/retirement) :o
Apparently statements are being taken from everyone with regards to the hostile work environment he has created over there and one carrier almost called the police on him as she felt verbally threatened by him recently and another carrier may have already resigned naming the manager as the main reason.. I don't know a lot of details as this is being kept under wraps so as to not to alert him to what's going on but this sounds very serious. :-X
I will be working at this same post office all next week due to others going on vacation so I may hear more about this then and I will also be drawing up a statement of my own to turn in while there next week.


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1062 on: August 01, 2019, 02:53:29 PM »
Worked at the main post office in downtown all day yesterday and the goof acting manager tells me that I will probably be working at this post office all next week and asked me if I would like to work on my day off which is Tuesday and I said sure that I could be here to work that day as well (that will be 8 hours of time and a half pay for that day).. I arrive at the other post office I'm scheduled to work at and look at my schedule only to find I have no hours listed for any day scheduled next week! The lead clerk calls the acting manager to get clarification of my hours for me and has to pen in my times for each day I'll be working at the post office downtown. This was supposed to have been done already and once again the acting manager has violated the contract between the APWU and the USPS! Pretty sure I could file a grievance with the union but I'll probably meet with the local steward about this for clarification.. :-\


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1063 on: August 04, 2019, 08:46:33 AM »
I didn't mention this earlier but 4 days ago (Thursday) a black guy came into the post office where I usually go as a lunch relief with a $1000 dollar postal money order.. The senior clerk did a check on it and nothing came up as being valid, stolen, etc. It looks like it came from a town called Thomasville in North Carolina but the 'Pay To' was to a person in Columbia, SC. We always ask for ID when cashing large money orders due to the level of fraudulent money orders out there and the guy didn't have any. Before he left, getting into the passenger side of what looked like a brand new bright red Dodge Charger, we got a copy of the money order to send out to the regional post offices to alert them that this money order was in fact real but it was not registered as being purchased in the system.
Definitely looks it was an inside job and the Postal Inspector General's office was alerted to investigate.. :o


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Re: The Economic Downturn..
« Reply #1064 on: August 05, 2019, 09:19:23 AM »
Strange postal situation....was sent a certified letter several weeks ago that was returned to sender after 3 alledged failed delivery attempts. Never got notice from PO that one delivery was attempted, much less three. Certifed letter sent to me a second time. Had the sender send me a tracking number this time. Tracking number showed letter received by PO but no movement. A week and a half after it was mailed, I went to the PO and they found it. Had alledgedly attempted to deliver once, but again, I never received any notification about this attempt (usually get a pink post card sized notification left in the mailbox after a failed delivery attempt). Interesting thing now is that right after I picked it up I finally started to get email notifications about where the letter alledgedly is. Per postal system, it left Milwaukee early this morning.