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Subject: Possible Post Office Hours Being Cut
Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:29 PM ET
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I'm following this news about the USPS cutting back on their hours - any hours they cut will mean that manh more people going to the P.O. when I usually go (after work, the p.o. here is open til 6 p.m.). If they cut that 6 o'clock back to 5 p.m. and cut Saturday hours I won't be able to get there at all because I work FT;  I get all my Amazon and Rhapsody orders delivered to my p.o. box, too, so it'll really be awful.  Anyone have thoughts? It would be nice if they cut out the Tuesday delivery because it *is* a smaller mail day, hope it won't affect the window hours.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:38 PM ET
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At our post office they leave the PO box section unlocked all hours so I don't think time changes will affect that, but here ours already closes at 5 I believe.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I can get to my lock box without a problem, starting at 6 a.m., but I was thinking more of mailing out PBS books; I wasn't clear in my original message (it was clear in my head but it didn't come out the way I wanted). That would severely restrict my activities here, so was wondering if others here would have problems getting their books out. I don't have a printer so I can't get involved with printing postage at home, and I don't think they'd allow me to buy that much postage at work. It'll be interesting to see what the USPS does.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:49 PM ET
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I thought they were considering closing locations on Saturday. Which means that anyone who works a full time job M-F will never get to mail anything.
Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:54 PM ET
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our post office lobby is open all the time, but the windows with the clerks are already open limited hours.  close at 4:30 on the weekdays, and are closed on the weekends.  i have found the APC machine in the lobby to be a lifesaver in getting books out quickly, by using the 'buy stamps of a different value' to buy the correct postage for each package.  as long as you can weigh the books at home (postal or just a kitchen scale) you already know what postage to use. 

if you can't weigh them at home, it'll take longer as you'd have to weigh all the packages on the machine, write down how much postage is needed for each (and you'd have to bring a cheat sheet with the postage rates for various weights), then go back and do the buy stamps thing.  in which case it's a tossup whether standing in line to get to a clerk would be faster.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 10:03 PM ET
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Hey Everyone.  I work for the post office.  First of all, none of us think it will really happen.  If it does, it probably won't begin until 2011 (when the contract between carriers and management ends)  If it's sooner, we'll be shocked.  Like I said, though, we don't think it will actually pass.  Anyway, it will only affect delivery of the mail on that day.  All window operation is supposed to be the same.  So if it is on Saturday, you will still be able to get PO Box mail, buy stamps, mail packages etc. 

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 10:43 PM ET
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If you mail out mainly paperbacks, most are under 13 oz so you can just use stamps to mail them.  That's what I do.  I order a bunch of stamps from the USPS and have a cheat sheet of how many of each denomination I need for the various weights.  All I need to do is weigh the book to see how many ounces it is and put the appropriate postage on the package.  Then, I drop them in a blue box.  I use Paypal postage for anything over 13 oz but that's not much unless I'm sending out multi-book orders.

I almost never go to the PO because they're open the same hours I work.  If I do have to go, it's on a Saturday morning.

Subject: HEY KIM!!!!!!!
Date Posted: 1/30/2009 6:59 AM ET
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Kim - thanks for the encouraging words!!

Date Posted: 1/30/2009 8:27 AM ET
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If you work full time, check to see if you can mail with your company.  I always mail my books from work because we have a contract post office.  My husband mails from his company on the days I don't work.  He doesn't have a contract post office, but they will do the postage for him and take it right out of his paycheck. 

 

 

Subject: Hi Gail!
Date Posted: 1/30/2009 8:30 PM ET
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No problem.  I'll keep you all up to date with any insider info.  Our personal opinion....it was a scare tactic hoping to get some of that "bailout" money.  :)

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 7:17 PM ET
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My own little update to the thread I started. Went to the p.o. after work today to mail out and pick up some PBS transactions and found out that as of March 2nd they won't be open late (6 p.m.) any longer.

So unless I'm off work for some reason all mailings will have to be done on Saturdays. Suppose that isn't the worst that can happen considering we have the 'delay mailing' option but it's still a disappointment.

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 8:10 PM ET
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Our post office is only open from 8am-4:30pm for the boxes and the window closes at 4pm.  That's Mon - Fri.  Saturday it is open 8:30am to 10am.  Could not be less convenient.  At first , I had a address in town (30 minute drive) for receiving mail.  Now I just go to work at 9:30 and hope she has stayed off the phone long enough to put out the first class at least.  There is no, and I mean NO, physical address delivery in our entire county so everyone is in the same boat with mail.  I have friends who only pickup mail every two weeks.  I think because it is rural with no businesses using this post office, we won't see much improvement, especially if they cut hours. 

The good news is that my post office says the same thing Kim has said, that if this happens it won't be soon.  She feels that it will just force more businesses to bill and send what once would have been snail mailed over the internet using email.  This would be so self defeating for the postal service.  But if it happens, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let us vote about the change.  I would rather they not have mail on tuesdays than cut the sat hours, but if that doesn't work for more than 50% of everyone else in the country, I would find a way to live with it. 

 

Date Posted: 2/12/2009 8:32 AM ET
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I like Kim, also work for the Post Office. I'm a part time rural carrier. Saturday will most likely not be the day they eliminate but more like a Tuesday or Wednesday which are slower days. I don't think it will effect those with P.O. boxes, mostly those with a mailbox or rural route. Here in our town they are talking about eliminating a smaller route or consolidating with a bigger Post Office since we are only a town with 1,300 people.

It worries me a little about my job security, and now i see UPS has commericals on t.v. saying they will email or text you when you have a package to be delivered, that's something the USPS doesn't provide, so yet again something else to take more business away from USPS.

The ones i feel for the most are the elderly who do not do online bill paying or email everyone they know, heck most don't even own computers. We have a colony of Amish folks outside of town here too, what are they going to do when they rely on the USPS so much to communicate with extended families??

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 1:57 PM ET
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I think one less day a week won't mess things up too much.  I think if they kept the post offices open for mail collection and sorting but didn't have any deliveries that would be ok.  Of course when there's a no-mail holiday I'm about clawing at the mailbox waiting for my letters/packages/anything!?! but hopefully I'll be able to handle myself with a 5 day delivery schedule.

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 5:05 PM ET
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Hey Tanya.  I feel your postal pain.  :)  I guess it all depends on where you are.  We're hearing the opposite here.  They lean more towards Saturday because Tuesdays will give business customers a 4 day postal week (even worse than the 5 day week for residential customers)  I'm just a hop-skip over the bridge from Philadelphia, so we wonder what cancelling Tuesday would do to all the office workers in the city.  It's pretty embarassing that our "wonderful" Postmaster General can give himself a payraise when we are hurting, and yet the grief trickles down to us carriers as if we aren't doing our job right.  I walk 8-10 miles per day!!!  What's he doing in his cushy office?  The only time we see him is when he is in front of Congress begging for money.  I don't know about you Tanya, but our rural carriers are in the middle of another mail count.  I'm sure they are in trouble.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 8:59 AM ET
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Yes, mail count started February 14th for us too. So far it's not looking good for my boss(the regular carrier), she has to pass my house on the way back to the Post Office when her route is done for the day and i've seen her coming past my place earlier and earlier each time. Plus she's had a few rural customers rent P.O. boxes in town instead because the snowplows keep knocking their boxes down, so that is going to effect her mail count. She used to be a K route and automatically get every Saturday off (i worked her Sat.'s for her) and then got dropped down to a J route with only every other Saturday off after last year's mail count.  We just got our National Rural Letter Carriers newsletter and they had a list of 17 different smaller post offices that are consolidating their rural routes with bigger towns. So those carriers have to drive to another town, sort their mail,load their cars and drive back to their towns to deliver mail. I don't see how that is going to save money? Sometimes i don't think the Higher Up's really think this stuff out very well?

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:07 AM ET
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My nephew is a USPS worker too, and he told me about this a few weeks ago.  He doesn't seem to think that Saturday hours will be cut here either (we're in Louisville), but he did say that it's on the table.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 10:34 AM ET
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I've been thinking trying to figure out how much I actually use the post office..except for books and packages LOL I hardly rely on mail at all! I pay everything online