Video More heat for letter carriers- GPS

Part 2: Mail carriers feel more heat from GPS

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The United States Postal Service is in the process of handing out more tracking devices which carriers take as more pressure on top of the heat wave.

Drew Heinig is one day away from becoming a full-fledged mail carrier. He’s so new he still wears plain clothes when delivering the mail, but he’s been doing the job long enough to know there’s pressure to complete routes in a pre-determined amount of time regardless of the heat.

"We are definitely on a time constraint everyday. We get a set amount of time to finish our routes," he told 2 NEWS Investigates.

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  • Ernest Spoon

    In ’92, the unions and management was worried Poppy Bush was going to privatize the Postal Service. So like good little worker-bees we all voted for Triangulatin’ Bill Clinton. Shortly thereafter all this micromanagement crap started.


    I think not!

  • Michael Thielke

    A couple of years ago, I questioned the GPS with my old station manager when the subject came up. I told him I thought the Postal Service was broke. He stated that the PS got the GPS at a good price. I said yes but now they are cheaper. That was a dumb decision by upper management to spend that ridiculous amount of money at the time. Is that why Mr. John Potter, old PMG, got the huge bonus, $800,000 bonus for screwing up the Postal service. While he is living it up the rest of us are struggling.

  • hollywood

    The guy in the picture looks like a bum , but that is of no concern of this new USPS .

    • Stallion

      What do you look like. What a lame observation to take from this story. How would you like to be tracked on the job all day?

    • Letter Carrier


  • Mr. Postman

    I hope Mr. Heinig still has his job after expressing his comments about GPS.

    Management has tried to get GPS in the past for “safety reasons” for the carriers, but that’s total B.S. They want to micromanage and watch letter carriers all day long to squeeze more work out of us.

    USPS finally got what appears to be a bargain-basement GPS setup at the expense of businesses that have to use the IMb (Intelligent Mail Barcode) system to qualify for discounts on postage or pay more if they don’t. Most of these business have tried to tell the USPS they are not interested in the data the IMb system will provide for them.

    I see nothing but trouble ahead. How many grievances, unscheduled sick leave, EEO complaints, and lost business will the USPS end up with as a result of GPS?

    As for me, I just crossed the 30-year mark, so I’m eligible for retirement. I’m 58. I’m staying longer. The money, overtime, and benefits are still good. Why leave now? If the USPS gives carriers… like me… a good enough reason to leave such as money and time added to my annuity, I’ll go.

    Of course, this probably won’t happen because the USPS wants me to stay. It’s true. They want you to stay also, even if you’re eligible for retirement yourself. How do I know this?

    Simple. You’d think ANY employer that could replace $27/hr people with $15/hr workers would be on their hands and knees begging us to leave, and paying us cash to get out the door so they could save some serious money in the long run. But, that’s not what’s happening.

    Why? It’s because the USPS needs us older employees. We’re more dependable than the Maytag repairman. We’ll come to work when others won’t.

    We get the mail delivered, and the job finished no matter what happens.

  • Stallion

    You want a real story! How about Rural Carriers that work about six hours a day and get paid for nine. That’s a story that needs to be told. I’ve seen this up close and personal for years. That is a story that should be looked into.

    • J D

      Many Rural Carriers in my of office start at seven and are commonly done by noon – sometimes before! This is a ridiculous way to run a business. Why does the Postal Service treat them like privileged children?

      • Ex postal

        Rural carriers are evaluated are paid on the evaluation. They don’t get overtime or extra help and have to all the mail presented everyday. The only time the city carrier does his route in the 8 hours is when they are walked with during inspection. Why is that? There are a lot of good professional city carriers that have a work ethic. The others should be fired for dragging thier feet, causing overtime. Why do think the city carrier union doesn’t want evaluated routes, they’d loss overtime. Tell the whole story.

        • J D

          I don’t begrudge a rural carrier for getting off work an hour or so early. But getting off work after only five hours and getting paid for eight or even nine hours is just a poor way to run a business. I’m not saying rural carriers are not good workers. Rural carriers are good workers. I’m just saying it is a bad business model.

          • Pudge

            We have 28 rural rts in our office and at least 20 bail out early every day. The others are back, but working mail for the next day… usually subs.

            What is the price for at least 50+ hrs paid each day among them while they’re already sitting at home?

        • David

          Please buy yourself a dictionary and get some grammar lessons. Thank you.

        • Mailman030

          As a city carrier, I do not want evaluated routes either. Rural Carriers do not have walking relays on their routes, so they are evaluated and paid based on the mileage driven and the mail volume. City Carrier routes vary greatly from the all walking routes in the worst parts of town to the nicer driving routes that carriers get at the end of their careers. Does the carrier working on the route with all of the steps make more than the carrier that drives all day, even though the driving carrier has 25 more years of seniority? Most City Carriers have numerous health problems by the time that the reach the end of their carrier that they would never be able to finish their career on the long walking routes.

        • greg

          I agree the only time I get back in 8 is when someone walks me. Of course its always a lighter day and your under time but they don’t make u pivot so of course u get done in 8. Maybe this explains it.

      • 20 year rural carrier

        First of all we are far from being treated as privileged children, and a rural carrier works their butt off to do that 9 hour job in five, because we have an incentive to do so, yes in light months we do go under but none talks about the 11 hours days we put in, in the heavy months we don’t relax and take 1 hour lunches

  • mark

    they did an inspection in the oppressive heat, the inspector couldnt take the heat in the back of the LLV, it was only 100. another great decision by management.
    they will spend millions on GPS but not a penny for water.

  • Pudge

    These things work well too. We have them in our office and they can pull me up on Google Maps. Just one more thing management can do while they’re not doing anything… just saying.