• Karen

    Sep 09, 2011 - 04:14:56 PM

    That isn't the spin that has been put out there by the media. How does a person get a better picture of the postal service than this interview? Congress needs to hear from postal consumers that understand the point Mr. Rolando makes.

  • Jeff Mitchell

    Sep 09, 2011 - 04:17:24 PM

    This such an easy fix. Why won't people listen to Rolando? Something else that would help is easing up on the colossally out of control management level. 100,000 in management and administration that milks the postal service for about $10 billion a year. These people do not handle mail and contribute nothing to the service. They are only a drain. The management/worker ratio is 1:4.5 and that is pathetic. That's 1 manager for every 5 employees for those keeping score. In my office there just stumbling all over each other. It's really sad. They don't engage in sales. When we turn in lkeads they do not follow up. All they do is follow us around when the Obsolete Postmaster tells them to and play cards on their computers all day. One other thing. These people get bonuses. WHY?!?!?! It is time for a restructuring. Start with the ridiculously out of control level of management. Postmasters are completely obsolete. It's really sad that us, as a union, let this get out of control the way it has and allow these people to just milk the service for everything they can get out of it. This is turning into a war. In order for them to keep their jobs, then they have to try to get rid of us. That's their only motive. They care nothing about the good of the service. Give em hell, Fred.

  • Anonymous TE Carrrier

    Sep 10, 2011 - 08:10:54 PM

    I agree with Jeff Mitchell in this subject. I have been a TE city carrier for almost four years now. I have seen management get out of control and treat carriers with no respect. I have been patient in waiting to take a step up to a PTF position or a regular opening. I am getting tired of not knowing if I am going to have a career with this company. The battery test has not been offered since I have been working here. It was supposed to be available to take every six months. I work 6 days a week and have not had a true vacation in almost two years. Although I am considered a temporary employee, I do not feel I am. I am praying these contract negotiations go good so I can have financial security for my family and I. This is a very serious time for all letter carriers and their families. The mail volume in the district I carry in has picked up dramatically and the routes keep getting longer. I only hope I can get hired on soon as my patience begins to deteriorate. Please support the TE city carriers in becoming permanent carriers in the postal service. I am hoping Rolando can set things straight.

  • Bill Smith

    Sep 11, 2011 - 04:10:00 PM

    I have met Fred Rolando at letter carriers retirement dinners.Fred is a true gentleman,And a leader as commander in charge of the National Assocation of Letter carriers.My family beleive in true,and hard work,and so does fred

  • John

    Sep 11, 2011 - 10:19:48 PM

    This sounds like it is part of the Republican drive to privatize the post office. If a private corporation, operated by a good Tea Party member, were involved, the Republicans would probably advocate "pay as you go" pension funding so as not to "unduly burden business." But the Republicans will destroy the Post Office no matter what it takes.

  • David Logan

    Sep 12, 2011 - 01:13:25 PM

    I've known Fred Rolando since my early days in Sarasota when he was my union President. If anyone can get Washington to come to a resonable agreement with all parties concered it's Fred. Go luck brother and lets keep the faith on this issue and the many more about to come. Your where great on the PBS channel with the Post Master General, keep up the good work!

  • Dan Caruso

    Sep 12, 2011 - 06:20:36 PM

    If you believe in Fred - and I do, spread the truth! Too many people make up their minds based on what the talking heads say, and the heads appear to be in love with the PMG, thinking his word is gospel. If your Rep hasn't co-signed HR 1351, join with your brothers and sisters on September 27th from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM local time all over the country. Arm yourself with piles of signed petitions of support for your position and lobby their local offices. Learn the talking points so that when a family member or acquaintence hits you with the half truths and outright lies that the anti labor, pro privatization groups are spewing, you can set them straight. it's up to each of us. We must remain united and aggressive in our counter-attack. Let no lie go unchallenged.

  • Dave Weiskirch

    Sep 14, 2011 - 08:53:19 AM

    I have a sister who is a carrier in central Michigan. She told me how the post office has to prefund their retirement for the employees in advance and that they are actually ahead in payments by 50 to 75 billion dollars. She also said that these overpayments were mandated by congress back in 2006. I worked for the auto industry for thirty years if their retirement fund was70% funded at any given time we were lucky. It sounds like congress has taken your retirement fund and invested it for you like they have the Social Security fund and now find themselves in the unique position of not being able to pay it back. Why is it they never borrow against their own retirement fund like this? If you or I were to use an organizations retirement fund like they do it would be concidered misappropriation of funds and find yourselves in prison next to Bernie Madoff. Listen up Dave Camp help fix these problems or face being voted out of office.

  • Troy Chacon

    Sep 14, 2011 - 09:47:02 PM

    I guess I have seen both sides of mgmt and craft. many years ago went to college got a BA in mgmt and the usps was hiring, went to work as a clerk and a few months later went to be a front line supervisor! Then became a manager. This has been a hell of a 15 yr road and glad to say after 10yrs of mgmt BUL:"*& I had enough. I changed many things then went back to the same old garb. Now Im a letter carrier and love my job job. This company is a mgmt thing no matter what, been at every meeting listen to garbage as how all craft is here to destroy this company , but figure out mgmt is doing it. Best one I ever heard what kind of money would you make to do a better business? Hmmm. They make an idea of using forbes, they make 2 million as an exec. and you make 100k what would you take? The same idiot did not realize...hmmmm you make the usps fail and then want to go private and get promoted and make more money! What ceo would walk into a company failed and tell them you get more money to make it better after you made it fail. HMMMMMMM. If I was ceo your all fired for making a federal company fail, but all these idiots do not see this! Glad Im no longer part of mgmt. To all who read this " ALL UNIONS NEED TO BOND TO PROTECT US FROM THESE DEMONS, WE MUST STAND TALL AND PROUD TO WORK FOR OUR CUSTOMERS" I Troy Chacon a proud individual to work for ...UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE... Do not let mgmt take that from us my brothers and sisters

  • an angry postal worker

    Sep 15, 2011 - 12:25:31 AM

    I was a window clerk for 11 years and I was forced into another craft which required a test and if you didn't pass you didn't have a job. That was scary. Am in a new position now but management want to force us out again with all these route inspection, its just not humanly right to get rid of hard working people who wake up every day to this job with dedication, just management can keep money in the pot for themselves,its all about the money not the workers.