Rural carrier aids, comforts customer in crisis

Rural Carrier Teresa Griest was recently delivering mail in Sanibel, FL, when she came upon a customer in distress: The man had fallen outside his home and couldn’t get up. Griest immediately called 911 and comforted the customer until paramedics arrived to provide further assistance. The man recovered from the incident.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)—Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL)

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides an important new leave benefit for letter carriers affected by COVID-19. Effective March 12, it establishes a new category of leave called Emergency Federal Employee Leave (EFEL). EFEL is available to all federal employees if they experience a Covid-19 related … Read more

IMPORTANT: 2021 State Convention Cancellations & Postponements

From NRLCA State Convention cancellations and postponements will be posted as each state board reports its decision to the NRLCA National Board. Below is the current list of states that are canceling or postponing their State Conventions for 2021:   Alabama: Canceled Connecticut: Canceled Kentucky: Postponed until October 2021 Minnesota: Canceled (may be rescheduled later … Read more

Congresswoman Maloney & Senator Duckworth Reintroduce Legislation to Create Compensation Fund for Essential Workers

Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act will create a new program for all essential workers and personnel who have been injured or impacted by COVID-19 WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced the introduction of the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act. Modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), this new fund … 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

Question Box: Acts of God An Act of God involves community disasters such as fires, floods, or storms. The disaster… Posted by National Rural Letter Carriers' Association on Thursday, February 18, 2021

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