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Im so glad i stumbled across this thread. It just so happens that my landlord still plowed the post office in the town where he lives, here in CT. He plowed the october storm, got paid by the usps then was contacted by usm. After reading the contract there was the whole, call in and call out, 4 percent discount after you reached 10k, and the best one they wanted to pay him over 10 months for the snow work. He has plowed the po for 44 years and never had a problem getting paid within 30 days. He promptly informed mr papenhause, who ive dealt with as well, that their contract had no wiggle room and was clearly out to screw the contractor. My landlord is a witty older italian gentlemen and he told usm this " Im too old of a cat, to be F****D by a Kitten". Good luck to the usps!
good i'm glad he told them that lol. I look at it this way anyone could be a USM with that type of contract plus all they do is sub it out anyways right? do they even own a plow truck LOL . my thinking on it is like this i don't kbow what is going own in florida so why would i work from canada to maintain a building there? they want to take all the cream and leave you with all the work. the biggest work they have down is making that 3" think contract that probably holds then not liabale for anything that happens and leave it all on the sub doing the work.
Bigger isn't always better , is there some one who will work cheaper always but will they give the same amount of service? the way of the world today service means nothing if your cheap you got the job or if you can white wash some one with some pretty words you got the job.
 

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One of the insurance requirements to work for usm is that you have a hold harmless clause on your insurance which covers and i quote" usm, its employees, usm's customers and their employees". so basically if usm hires a company to do a job where i work, and that company has an accident and doesnt have proper insurance, my insurance is supposed to cover it. What a bunch of BS!!!!!
 

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Look what I got today

An email from my friends at USM::D

Hello -

We are currently looking for a new snow removal contractor for the post office in Sebago , ME. This site needs to be cleared on snowy mornings by 6am.
As we are currently half way through the season, I would need your bid to service the location for the remainder of the season in a seasonal format. The pricing should include everything, plowing, shoveling & salting.
I am attaching the scope of work for you to review.
Here is the address:

USPS 1068
222 Sebago Road
Sebago ME 04029

The proposed price for the full season, which normally pays out over 5 months , 5 equal monthly payments, is $6000, which means $1200 per month. December thru April, are the payment months so we are half way into the season. February still has $600 remaining & March & April are still open for $1200 each. If you can do the work but would require more money please let me know how much you would require. I can seek approval for additional funds. Please let me know as soon as possible if your interested & if your going to be assessing the location.
We would like you to visit with the postmaster to tour the facility if you are seriously interested in taking on the job.
Sincerely,

Lora Gallagher
Procurement Specialist | Strategic Sourcing
USM, Inc. www.usmservices.com


I'm going to go talk to the Postmaster and tell her that I'd be happy to do it as soon as they dump USM. I'm not working for a middleman.

Not sure what happened to the other guy, but he's been doing a crappy job. Can't blame him, can't make any money at those rates. :popcorn2
 

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An email from my friends at USM::D

Hello -

We are currently looking for a new snow removal contractor for the post office in Sebago , ME. This site needs to be cleared on snowy mornings by 6am.
As we are currently half way through the season, I would need your bid to service the location for the remainder of the season in a seasonal format. The pricing should include everything, plowing, shoveling & salting.
I am attaching the scope of work for you to review.
Here is the address:

USPS 1068
222 Sebago Road
Sebago ME 04029

The proposed price for the full season, which normally pays out over 5 months , 5 equal monthly payments, is $6000, which means $1200 per month. December thru April, are the payment months so we are half way into the season. February still has $600 remaining & March & April are still open for $1200 each. If you can do the work but would require more money please let me know how much you would require. I can seek approval for additional funds. Please let me know as soon as possible if your interested & if your going to be assessing the location.
We would like you to visit with the postmaster to tour the facility if you are seriously interested in taking on the job.
Sincerely,

Lora Gallagher
Procurement Specialist | Strategic Sourcing
USM, Inc. www.usmservices.com


I'm going to go talk to the Postmaster and tell her that I'd be happy to do it as soon as they dump USM. I'm not working for a middleman.

Not sure what happened to the other guy, but he's been doing a crappy job. Can't blame him, can't make any money at those rates. :popcorn2
Alan maybe you can start something to get ride of them everywhere. how can a co thousands of miles away be on top of weather in every area. .
 

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Here is my response back to them:

Ms. Gallagher,
I do not work for national service providers. Your history of providing sub-standard work for sub-standard pay is well known in the snowplowing industry. Furthermore, there is no possible way to provide the services you require in your contract for the money you are offering. The previous contractor never fulfilled the terms of the contract and I have no doubt that any future contractors will do any better. I have spoken with the postmaster and will be supplying her with a copy of the contract so she can be sure to hold your contractor to the terms listed there-in.



Thank you.


I spoke with the postmaster. She's already had someone there who does two other post offices. He thinks it's great money.:rolleyes: This should be fun to watch. :D
 

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Here is my response back to them:

Ms. Gallagher,
I do not work for national service providers. Your history of providing sub-standard work for sub-standard pay is well known in the snowplowing industry. Furthermore, there is no possible way to provide the services you require in your contract for the money you are offering. The previous contractor never fulfilled the terms of the contract and I have no doubt that any future contractors will do any better. I have spoken with the postmaster and will be supplying her with a copy of the contract so she can be sure to hold your contractor to the terms listed there-in.



Thank you.


I spoke with the postmaster. She's already had someone there who does two other post offices. He thinks it's great money.:rolleyes: This should be fun to watch. :D
So i guess a fools and there money are soon parted? one being the post office and the other they guy thinking it's great money. it all comes down to you get what you pay for. it's funny all thes nation co's are is a name and an office do they even own a plow LOL . they only way that they will learn is by getting stuck in there own lot people complaining alot.
 
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