NRLCA: Upcoming Congressional Hearings on the USPS

The House and Senate are set to hold separate hearings covering Postal Service operations on Friday and Monday. Below are details pertaining to each hearing.   Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Examining the Finances and Operations of the United States Postal Service During COVID-19 and Upcoming Elections Full Committee Hearing Friday, August 21: … Read more

September Mail Count

The deadline for the USPS to notify the NRLCA of their intention to exercise their right under Article 9.2.C.3.a to count all rural routes the last 12 working days in September has expired. The only routes that will be counted during this time period will be those that fall under the Special Count provisions in … Read more

Employee responds to customer’s signs of stroke

Rural Carrier Lisa Moule was recently making a Priority Mail Express delivery in Medina, NY, when she grew worried about the recipient. The customer — an older woman Moule had spoken to regularly for years — seemed disoriented and couldn’t remember her own name. Moule immediately called 911 and stayed with the woman until paramedics … Read more

Customer overwhelmed with gratitude for employee’s help

Columbus, OH, Rural Carrier Jodie Craft was delivering mail one day last fall in nearby Galloway when she spotted a customer, James Mentel, who’d fallen in his driveway while raking and blowing leaves. Craft rushed to check on Mentel, who had been stranded for over an hour. The Postal Service employee immediately called 911, covered … Read more

Rural Carrier Cost-of-Living Raises Set for August 29, 2020

Pursuant to the release of the July 2020 Consumer Price Index – Urban Wage and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and in accordance with Article 9.1.E , the fifth COLA adjustment of the 2018-2021 National Agreement will result in a $187 increase for eligible rural carriers. This COLA adjustment will be effective August 29, 2020, (PP 19-2020). … Read more

Rural Carrier praised for saving customer’s life

Rural Carrier Jennifer Shumway was recently making deliveries in a Sarasota, FL, housing development when she grew worried about a customer whose mail was piling up. Shumway knocked on the woman’s front door and got no answer, so she alerted a property manager, who called 911. Emergency responders discovered that the woman had been stranded … Read more

RCA provides help at accident scene

Two postal employees in the Garden State provided assistance on the scene of a two-vehicle accident last December involving a USPS highway contract route driver. Rosenhayn, NJ, Retail Associate Hope Crumb was on her way home from work when she witnessed the accident. She stopped, called 911 and rendered aid to the contractor, who escaped … Read more

Rural Carrier aids terminally ill customer who fell

Rural Carrier Associate Jessica Duez was delivering a package one day last summer to a Gibsonburg, OH, customer she saw standing outside near his garage. As Duez approached the man, he collapsed and struck his head on the driveway. The Postal Service employee rushed to check on the customer, who was having a seizure, and … Read more

Rural Carrier rescues customer stranded outside

Jeffersonville, GA, Rural Carrier John Newby was delivering mail one day last December when he heard someone yelling for help. Newby soon spotted a customer who had been stranded for two hours on a second-floor balcony at her home. The woman, who had accidentally locked herself out while hanging holiday decorations, asked Newby to enter … Read more

Rural carrier helps customer save son’s life

Rural Carrier Janet Medlin was recently delivering mail to a residence in Leola, AR, when she heard a customer yelling for help. Medlin immediately called 911 and rushed to assist the woman, who was struggling to free her adult son from a tire swing where he had attempted to harm himself. The Postal Service employee … Read more

NRLCA and USPS Agree to Extend COVID-19 (MOUs) Through September 25, 2020

UPDATE July 10, 2020 Click below for the signed MOU confirming the extension of the MOUs listed below. Agreement to Extend COVID-19 MOUs  ———————————————————— May 19, 2020 The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and United States Postal Service have mutually agreed to extend the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) linked below through July 17, 2020. Temporary … Read more

EMA Schedules released. Effective July 4th, 2020

On June 10, 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the May 2020 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 187.467, a decrease from the February 2020 Index of 203.056. Therefore, based on the May 2020 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural … Read more

Mandatory Stand Up Talk: COVID-19 Test Kits in the Mail

The USPS has issued the following Mandatory Stand Up Talk ——————————————————————————————————– As the safety of our employees is always our top priority, this talk is being provided to advise you that COVID-19 related test kits are being mailed through the Postal Service. The Postal Service has partnered with several manufacturers, vendors, and laboratories to ship … Read more