The Future of the Rural Carrier – Carriers’ View – Integrity Part 2

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’
This post seems to be older than 1 year— so keep that in mind while reading. It might be outdated.

Guest post by Older and Wiser.

Older and Wiser is a rural carrier.

Click below to see all of Older and Wiser’s Guest Posts.

I hope you read my previous blog that detailed the shortcomings of the USPS when
it comes to integrity in their relationship with the rural carrier craft. I ended the article by asking three questions:

How are we supposed to “give an honest day’s work” when management gives us a
less than honest work environment?
How do we measure our level of integrity as a group?
How do we measure our level of integrity as an individual?

Let's start with the first question. British novelist, CS Lewis, is best known for his works "The Chronicles of Narnia," but for our purposes we will use his definition of integrity.
Mr. Lewis said, "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." What best describes the way a rural carrier does his job. We come into the office, we get our mail, case it, sort our parcels, pull down, load up and we are on our way. We deliver the mail, come back and tie up the loose ends and get ready for tomorrow. We do need some supervisor intervention occasionally, but for the most part we can function very fine if the Postal Service will stay out of our way.

With the second question, you only need to look at any of the articles about confidence in U.S. Government and see that the Postal Service has the highest rating of any other agency.

Where do these high ratings come from? The customer interactions between
rural carriers and their customers is the main reason for these high ratings.

I definitely want to include our brothers and sisters in the field, the city carriers, clerks, and the postmasters and supervisors who are the face of the Postal Service to the public. We are in the trenches on a daily basis, not the pencil pushers in Washington or the faceless people working in the district and regional offices.

It is our rating and proof that the field is doing the job with integrity.

The third question, our integrity level as an individual, is one that I cannot answer. We should take a look in a mirror and see the rural carrier that looks back.

How well do we serve our customers?

How efficient do we work?

How do we work with our fellow carriers and clerks and office management?

Integrity does not mean being perfect in every thing we do. We are only human. It is the attitude and the effort in our daily work that defines the integrity we have in our job and in ourselves.

We cannot complain about how we are treated by the Postal Service if our customers feel the same about us.

We must strive to put our house in order before we bring the USPS to task. Think about it!

Do something about it!

Guest post by Older and Wiser.

Older and Wiser is a rural carrier.

Click below to see all of Older and Wiser’s Guest Posts.
Notify of
Leland Grant

our future?? slaves to amazon, and if some idiot such as trump or his ilk gets elected, eventually they will decide we need to be privatized and “improved?

Brent Tierney

Ted Cruz 2016!

David Micek

the way they treat us now, would rather get paid hourly

stateofdade

I’m thankful that I’ve worked in two post offices now that have had excellent management who actually care about the employees. They aren’t afraid to pitch in whenever it’s needed and often times will be the first ones there in the morning and the last to leave at night without the first complaint.

TheAngriestRCA

As an RCA I see these kinds of complaints from regulars every day. What I never hear is people talking about concrete proposals to actually fix anything. Frankly, setting your pay and work hours in stone for an entire year based on data gathered from a single week of work is insane. This “piece work” system, the evaluation system, needs to be abolished and replaced with a more fluid hourly pay system, one that ensures people are paid for the time they spend at work and acknowledges that some days will be longer than others and compensation will be adjusted… Read more »

Older AND Wiser

To TheAngriestRCA: It just so happens that my next blog will be concerning the NRLCA. I have taken the union to task previously and the upcoming article will be more of the same. As to the plight of the RCA I had made a suggestion during the last contract negotiations. Why didn’t the union try for the same benefits and pay as the city part time carriers since we were going to arbitration? Why not give it a shot? At that time they had one pay grade.Now they have a lower pay grade like us and are pretty much in… Read more »