GUEST BLOG BY VENTING RCA
I read the article about late delivery in the dark. The post office I work at has huge population growth. Not only does it happen at holiday time but all through the year we are constantly “rushing to make the outgoing truck for the plant”.
The routes are all under evaluated (of course) and it takes management months to make any positive changes. We are also short on RCAs which adds to the problem. With the arrival of the FSS flats we were told we would get out of the office by 9:00 to 10:00 am. This has never, NEVER, happened since they have instituted those heavy yellow trays at my post office and they do nothing but slow us down. One day a carrier may get 2 trays, the next day 20 trays. The FSS flat system is a huge danger in the dark and on highways with lots of traffic.
As carriers we are sitting targets while we flip through the small print of delivery labels in the dark. As a carrier I want to do my job, quickly and efficiently, and get home to my family. It seems as if management finds everyway they can to prevent this from happening. They make the policies but don’t have to do the job we do as RCAs. They have spent billions on the flat sorting machines. Billions. My opinion is they are a pure waste of money.
They should have put that money into advanced automated package sorting machines to keep up with todays demands. When I discussed with my Postmaster the FSS flats and what a burden they are and how much more time is used she told me..”Oh, they save so much money!” Well, you know..for other offices, maybe. The post office I am at, I’m not stupid, I know they don’t. Anyway, just venting and throwing in my 2 cents. This is just my opinion, I could be wrong. But I don’t think so….