NRLCA – State Boards Have the Sole Discretion to Hold or Cancel Their 2021 Conferences or Meetings

On February 5, 2021, the National Board conducted a Zoom meeting with the state presidents and state secretary treasurers. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss upcoming state meetings, especially those where officer elections are conducted. Prior to the ZOOM meeting, the Board and NRLCA legal counsel participated in a teleconference with the Department … Read more

Rural Carrier helps customer hurt near golf course

Rural Carrier Sarah Hogan was recently making deliveries in a Jacksonville, NC, neighborhood adjacent to a golf course when she heard someone yelling for help. Unsure where the voice was coming from, Hogan asked a customer for input. They soon located a 63-year-old neighbor who had fallen off a ladder while cleaning siding on her … Read more

2021 Mid-States Conference Canceled

It is so unfortunate due to COVID-19 that the Mid-States Conference scheduled to be held at the Hilton Hotel and the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, April 30, May 1 & 2, 2021 has been canceled. The hosts, Indiana Rural Letter Carriers’ Association State Board, has decided to cancel the 2021 Mid-States Conference … Read more

Possible Delayed Payroll Checks PP4

Subject: Possible Delayed Payroll Checks PP04 Good Afternoon, Please see the notice below from USPS HQ.  We have no idea how many rural carriers will be affected-if any.  But you may get calls and the solution is below. David L Heather, Director of Labor Relations-National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association  Topic:  Delayed Payroll Checks PP4 Audience All … Read more

RCA saves kids from gas station catastrophe

Rural Carrier Associate Brannon Cockrell was on duty one day last spring in Calera, AL, when a routine task — refueling his postal vehicle at a local gas station — took a surprising turn. A family of four pulled up alongside Cockrell, and two children stayed in the car while their mom went inside the … Read more

NRLCA – Question Box: Acts of God

An Act of God involves community disasters such as fires, floods, or storms. The disaster situations must be general in nature rather than personal in scope and impact, and must prevent groups of employees from working or reporting to work. Ref: ELM 519.211, F-21 582.31. January February 2020 Question Box

NRLCA President Stutts’ State of the Union Address

From NRLCA It may be a new year and a new presidential administration, but the challenges facing our country and our labor union are no less daunting. Although there is reason to be optimistic that the coronavirus will be under control within the year, we are enduring new surges and new strains while we await … Read more

Employee hurt at home helped by co-worker

Rural Carrier Robyn Blanton was on duty in Tuscola, IL, one day last spring when she and the local Postmaster grew concerned about a reliable colleague who had not reported for work as scheduled. Following unsuccessful attempts to make contact by phone, Blanton volunteered to go to her co-worker’s home. There she found that her … Read more

NRLCA – Cost-of-Living Raises Set for February 27, 2021

From NRLCA Pursuant to the release of the January 2021 Consumer Price Index – Urban Wage and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and in accordance with Article 9.1.E, the sixth COLA adjustment of the 2018-2021 National Agreement will result in a $416 increase for eligible rural carriers. This COLA adjustment will be effective February 27, 2021, (PP … Read more

Rural Carriers Who Develop COVID-19 in the Performance of Their Duties Are Entitled to OWCP Coverage

From NRLCA All federal employees who develop COVID-19 while in the performance of their federal duties are entitled to workers’ compensation coverage pursuant to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). This includes Rural Letter Carriers. The Department of Labor has created new procedures specifically to address COVID-19 claims. COVID-19 claims are filed using Form CA-1, … Read more

NRLCA President Stutts Writes Letter to State Governors Requesting Assistance to Make the COVID-19 Vaccine Available to All Postal Service Employees

I am president of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, which represents over 130,000 rural letter carriers employed by the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) who deliver the mail in rural and suburban communities in your state and throughout the nation. I write to express my concern that rural letter carriers and their fellow USPS … Read more

Rural Carrier renders crucial aid to seizure victim

Rural Carrier Associate Crystal Vaca was recently making deliveries in Castaic, CA, when she spotted a customer lying on the front porch of a residence. Vaca rushed to the woman’s side, found her unresponsive and immediately called 911. Emergency responders soon arrived and treated the customer for an epileptic seizure. The woman recovered from the … Read more


(The) USPS is implementing a new DACA Code (Code F) which will be used instead of “L” when a carrier takes a full-day of LWOP for Union business. DACA Code F is used for Full Day Rural Union LWOP. This new process begins pay period 04/2021, (January 30th, 2021). The new code F is applicable … Read more

Injured customer details gratitude for rural carrier’s help

Menomonee Falls, WI, Rural Carrier Joshua Kannegiesser was making deliveries one day last spring in a neighboring village, Lannon, when he came upon a customer in distress. The woman, who is 69 and has knee problems, had fallen while gardening, and she was exhausted and aching after trying unsuccessfully to stand up. The customer asked … Read more

February 6-12, 2021 is Relief Carrier Appreciation Week

The delegates at the 2018 National Convention passed a binding resolution stating, “That a week during the year be designated as Relief Carrier Appreciation Week.” The NRLCA National Board has designated the first full week in February (February 6-12, 2021) as “Relief Carrier Appreciation Week.” We ask that you join us in showing our hard-working … Read more

2021 Western States Conference (WSC) Canceled

From NRLCAAfter speaking with the California President and talking with the other WSC State Presidents, we have decided to cancel the 2021 Western States Conference in California and will look forward to the 2022 WSC in Idaho if and when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Thank you, Trudy Ewing President, Western States Conference

NRLCA releases National Work Hours Reports

From NRLCA The NRLCA National Board has decided to make the National Recap Reports available to the membership via the NRLCA web site. Please understand that this National Recap includes every rural route on which a regular carrier worked that pay period. If no regular carrier worked the route, the route is not included in … Read more