Did you know that 1 min during a mail count can be worth $2190.00

Did you know

Thats right... If you are close to moving into the next hour of evaluation, overlooking something small could mean a $2190.00 mistake

Just as an example:

A 40k Step 12 route's salary is $58,455.00

A 41k Step 12 route's salary is $60,645.00

That is a $2190.00 difference.

Just look at some things that are worth 1 minute

  • 18 Letters
  • 10 Flats
  • 2 Parcels
  • 4 mark ups
  • 25 Boxholders
  • 25 letters/flats collected
  • 1 Collection compartment in CBU/NDCBU box

Column 17

Did you know that Column 17 is ACTUAL TIME added to the evaluation?  Make sure you get credit for all eligible Column 17 events.  If you miss one minute, you could lose $2190.00

PS Form 3821

Also, be sure and use your PS Form 3821 (clearance receipt) at the end of the day...

One of the easiest credits out there...

PO 603 431.4 Form 3821 Complete Form 3821, Clearance Receipt, showing the number of receipts and undeliverable articles returned for clearance.

If the form is properly completed, the clearing employee signs and returns it to you. This relieves you of further responsibility for the items

Follow the instructions in the PO603 and get the credit you are entitled to.

Do you know how much they are worth each day?

2 minutes.

They not only give you 2 min, they protect you in the event that an accountable gets lost...

Box Count

Did you know if you add a box during the mail count period, that it can be added to the mail count up until the last day of count..

That means you get 2 min for a NonL curbside or 1.82 for an L curbside or 1 min for a CBU box.

That could also push you over into the next hour of evaluation.. 

Signature Mail

Did you know that all mail pieces that prompt you for a signature are entered in the accountable column?

That is worth over 4 min...


Hopefully, this demonstrates how precious 1 minute is during a mail count.

Be diligent, learn your rights and get what you are entitled to.

This is your salary, your livelihood. Make every minute count...


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Why aren’t Sig Cons considered accountables and delivered by red room? It’s up to us to find and report upon return from the route?

I wish they would do a telecom or a live mail count class that way we’re not traveling so far to take a class