2018 Year in review

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REVIEWING THE EVENTS THAT SHAPED 2018 FOR RURAL CARRIERS

Below are the major events in the rural carrier world in 2018.

February

We had a mail count that started on February 24, 2018 and ending Friday, March 9, 2018.

We also got a brief overview of the Q and A at SAC which was provided to us by an attendee.

March

We received Cost of Living raises that resulted in a $520 increase for eligible rural carriers, and new salary charts were released with the COLA included.

We also got a brief Engineer study update stating that comments had from both parties had been submitted to the panel

Oh and on March 22nd, the Senate introduced S. 2629 – Postal Service Reform Act of 2018, which has gone absolutely nowhere.

April

On April 12th, President Trump signed an Executive Order creating a Task Force on the United States Postal Service.  Here is the NRLCA Statement

EEOC Reached a Final Decision in National Reassessment Program Class Action Lawsuit

NRLCA announced that we would once again be a National partner in the Stamp out Hunger food drive.

The NRLCA and the USPS opened negotiations on a new contract as the current contract would expire in May.

May

On May 20th, 2018 the current rural carrier contract expired at midnight.  The USPS and the NRLCA mutually agreed to extend negotiations.

June

We got another update on the engineer study that basically said they agreed not to release any information until they got more analysis and documentation from the panel.  They also were hoping to release it to the membership by June.

We got a brief update on negotiations from a State convention attendee.

The Whitehouse released a proposal to privatize the USPS.  Here is the NRLCA statement, and talking points against privatization.

We also got some State convention highlights from a few attendees.

July

We got more unofficial information from State Convention attendees on the Engineer study..

On June 25, 2018, National Arbitrator Shyam Das issued his award in the long-awaited renewal of contract delivery service case.

August

The long awaited RRECS - Engineer Study results were released but there are still many details of the study that are not finished.

The NRLCA National convention was held from August 14- August 17th, 2018

A convention attendee shared some information from the RRECS Q and A at the national convention.

We also got the National officer election results..

There was also an outbreak of the flu at the National convention which affected a lot of people.

The roll in of  COLA for RCA/RCR employees on the rolls prior to August 11, 2012 was implemented on August 4, 2018 (PP 17-2018). The roll-in amount, ($1144) was the amount equal to the COLA paid to full-time rural carriers under the 2015 Agreement.

September

We got an overview of Rural carrier statistics sent in by a Ruralinfo reader.

October and November weren't very eventful

December

On December 5th, we had a National day of mourning for Former President George H.W. Bush.  Delivery and retail operations were suspended on that day.

The Whitehouse Postal task force released their long awaited report.

NRLCA released a contract negotiations update on December 20th, 2018

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2018 MAIL TRUCK FIRES

Records show there have been a large number of mail truck fires this year. 

We have documented 17 fires this year. 

Click here to read more about the Mail truck fires in 2018

2018 EMA HISTORY

  • January 6th, 2018

    70 cents

  • March 31st, 2018

    71 cents

  • July 7th, 2018

    74 cents

  • Sept. 29th, 2018

    74 cents

COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENTS (COLA)

March 3, 2018

Adjustment resulted in a $520 increase for eligible rural carriers

COLA Roll-in For Table Three RCAs/RCRs

August 4th, 2018

The roll-in amount, ($1144) is the amount equal to the COLA paid to full-time rural carriers

2018 REGULAR CARRIER PAY HISTORY

  • MARCH 2018

    REGULAR CARRIER

    40 HOUR ROUTE 

    $58,975

    (increase of $520 from 11/2017 salary chart)

2018 RCA PAY HISTORY

  • NOVEMBER 2017

    RURAL CARRIER ASSOCIATE

    HIRED BEFORE 8/10/2012 

    $21.81 PER HOUR


    RURAL CARRIER ASSOCIATE

    HIRED AFTER 8/10/2012 

    $17.78 PER HOUR

  • NOVEMBER 2018

    RURAL CARRIER ASSOCIATE

    HIRED BEFORE 8/10/2012 

    $22.36 PER HOUR


    RURAL CARRIER ASSOCIATE

    HIRED AFTER 8/10/2012 

    $17.78 PER HOUR

2018 ENGINEER STUDY UPDATES (OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL)

Introducing The New Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System

From the NRLCA: We are pleased to share with you a description of the new Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System (RRECS) and the accompanying engineered and statistical standards.

As you can see from the pages that follow, there remain additional tasks that must be completed before the new RRECS can be implemented in the field. This process will take time and will require additional meetings between NRLCA and Postal Service representatives. Additionally, all rural routes will need to be mapped before implementation.

Accordingly, deployment of the new system is not imminent.

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2018 ARTICLES/EDITORIALS BY RURALINFO.NET

2018 in the Ruralinfo.net network

We changed our Postalclassified website to PostalRHD to better reflect the content.  A whole new system and a brand new look.  See it here

We also updated our Rural Carrier Transfer website with a new listing system and a new look.

We moved our Rural Mail Talk forum to it's own domain instead of using a sub domain and we updated it with a whole new forum system. 

I also opened my own Postal Tee shop on Shopify this year.  I had previously been selling tees on Teespring, but decided to take the jump out on my own.  It has been fairly successful so far and I would deeply appreciate it if you all would help me promote it.  Selling tees also helps me fund this website and all of my other postal/rural related web ventures.  Visit Postalworkertees.com to see it in action.

My postal news website has also had tremendous growth this year.  I would also appreciate it if you shared this too.  Visit Postaltimes.com.

And as always our Rural Carrier Knowledgebase is there when you need it. 

Thank you

THANK YOU

I would be remiss if I did not add some thanks to this article.

I also want to thank those of you that have donated  to me for various projects or just wanted to buy me a cup of coffee.  Your donations help so much to pay for the upkeep costs on this and the Ruralinfo.net family of websites.

I also want to thank those rural carriers who send me news and updates to share with carriers.  Your help is vitally important to helping me inform as many rural carriers as possible. 

I also want to thank rural carriers across the country that use this website and gain knowledge from it.  It is only because of you that this website is still going strong 13+ years later!

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LOOKING FORWARD AT 2019

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2019

2019 is coming at us fast and here are a few thoughts on the coming year.

1.  As of now, there is no mail count scheduled as we do not have a contract. Things could change, but right now, it is NO.

2.  If a tentative contract is agreed to between the NRLCA and the USPS, the membership will get to vote on whether to approve it or not.  If there is no agreement reached, the contract will go to arbitration and our contract will ultimately be decided by a third party.

3.  The engineer study is done, but routes still have to be mapped and many details need to be completed.  As of now, we have no idea when it might be implemented.

Other than that, the future is unknown.

I look forward to bringing you news and information in 2019 and beyond.  We will all push through this year together.