Rural Carrier swoops in to rescue injured pedestrian

Albert Dangelantonio Jr., a rural carrier associate, was recently delivering mail in Bridgewater, CT, when he saw an older customer take a spill while walking two dogs. Dangelantonio stopped to check on the man and found him to be disoriented and bleeding profusely. The Postal Service employee immediately called 911 and remained on the scene … Read more

Wandering customer with dementia rescued by rural carrier

Terry Curry, a rural carrier in Jeffersonville, GA, was recently delivering mail when she came upon an older customer walking along a dirt road on a day with triple-digit temperatures. Curry stopped to check on the woman, who said she was on her way to her son’s home but didn’t feel well and didn’t think … Read more

Rural Carrier saves customer stranded with broken hip

Rural Carrier Heather Parmley was recently making deliveries in Hughson, CA, when she grew concerned about an older customer who had not collected mail as usual. Parmley spoke through the front door but got no response, at which point a neighbor came out and offered to call the woman. When the customer’s phone rang, Parmley … Read more

USPS Releases Equipment Maintenance Allowance Schedule for Rural Routes

Rural Carriers In accordance with the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.3 of Handbook EL-902, Agreement Between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, effective October 8, 2022 (pay period 22-22), the equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) will decrease to 96.0 cents per mile. The EMA is 96.0 cents per mile, or a … Read more

2022 – New Guarantee Year provisions important to rural carriers

There are certain rural carrier provisions that happen around the new Guarantee year and the end of the year.  I have summarized them below with links to more information.  Pay close attention to anything highlighted, or you may end up being surprised. Guarantee Year The new Guarantee year starts on October 8th, 2022 Carriers are … Read more

Rural carrier responds to ATV accident

Julie Bish, a rural carrier, was recently delivering mail in New Bethlehem, PA, when the sight of a downed mailbox gave her pause. She soon spotted the apparent cause: an all-terrain vehicle that had crashed nearby. The Postal Service employee stopped to take a closer look and found a man pinned underneath the four-wheeler, which … Read more

NEW: Update on Retro Pay Adjustment

As you know, the Postal Service (USPS) and National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) ratified and signed a new collective bargaining agreement on March 23, 2022, approximately 6 months ago. The new ratified agreement covers the period May 21, 2021 through May 20, 2024, and provides much-deserved general wage increases and cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments for … Read more

Rural carrier rescues wayward tot

Rural Carrier Becky Woolard was recently delivering mail in Bath, NC, when she spotted a toddler in trouble: The 3-year-old had taken a wooded path to their grandparents’ house next door, but no one was at home at the time. Woolard walked the toddler back along the path, and the mother was unaware her kid … Read more

Rural Carrier rescues customer felled by blood sugar

Caroline Badgett, a rural carrier associate, was recently making deliveries in Eustace, TX, when she spotted a customer lying in a yard outside a residence. Badgett rushed to check on the customer, who was unresponsive, and immediately called 911. Paramedics soon arrived to provide medical attention. They determined that the customer’s blood sugar level was … Read more

Rural Relief Day Work List (RDWL) and Sunday/Holiday Work List

Please forgive me as I am a couple of days late on getting this posted.  The Rural Relief Day Work List (RDWL) posting starts on Saturday, September 17, 2022. The RDWL must be posted through Friday, September 30, 2022, and be effective on Saturday, October 8, 2022 (start of new guarantee period). Additionally, the Sunday/Holiday Work … Read more

EMA Rate to Decrease 1 Cent/Mile Effective October 8, 2022 (Pay Period 22-2022)

On September 13, 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August 2022 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 273.737, a decrease from the May 2022 Index of 277.077. Therefore, based on the August 2022 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for … Read more