Handbook PO-603 Revision: Compensation Adjustments

Effective October 20, 2012, Handbook PO-603, Rural Carrier Duties and Responsibilities, Section 541.41, Addi­tional Compensation, is revised to reflect the change to the delivery point sequence (DPS) letter mail standard for those routes assigned a right-hand drive (RHD) employer-pro­vided vehicle. Handbook PO-603, Rural Carrier Duties and Responsibilities * * * * * 5 Inspection, Count, … Read more

The Piece Work Trap

 An OLDIE BUT GOODIE!! The Piece Work Trap by John Dziubek  former CTRLCA State Steward (written sometime after the Wells arbitration) Since 1896 rural letter carriers have been paid by an evaluated type system. After the wildcat postal strike in 1970, some very important things changed for postal workers. First the Post Office Department, which … Read more

Paying it Forward Rural Carrier Style

The past two weeks have been a very stressful two weeks for rural carriers across the nation.  We have been backed in to a corner and forced to defend our livelihood.  It has caused sleepless nights, sickness and flat out aggravation and stress.  We have been told we are petty, liars and thieves. For those … Read more

NRLCA: Formulas to Determine Additional DPS Compensation

When a carrier on a route being compensated under the DPS standards (letters and/or flats) is required to case all or a significant portion of its DPS letters and/or flats, due to circumstances that have left all or some portion of the DPS letters and/or flats in an out of sequence condition, such as machine … Read more

Check out the Ruralinfo.net Mail Count Survival Kit

I put together a mail count survival kit with all kinds of info!  Tracking sheets, sample forms and more.  Download and print them now! https://ruralinfo.net/mail-count-survival-kit.html

Clarification on UPS Parcel Return Service (PRS) Mail Count Credit

The mail count guide on the NRLCA Website has been corrected with regard to the proper mail count credit for UPS Parcel Return Service (PRS). After further discussions with the Postal Service, it is agreed that when a carrier collects UPS Parcel Return Service (PRS) whether or not in conjunction with a carrier pickup request, … Read more

2012 NRLCA National Convention Updates

These highlights have been combined from several different sources.  Thanks to everyone for sharing!  We all really appreciate it. MON: Paul Schwartz, NRLCA Legislative director says the upcoming elections are the most critical in many years. A band-aid fix to our woes may be done in the lame-duck session. The afternoon seminar explaining the recent … Read more

Video: Postmaster General booed by rural carriers

Donahoe was not met with such a warm reception while speaking to thousands of letter carriers in downtown Buffalo, who booed the Postmaster General. He stood by his five-day mail delivery plan for some locations. “What comes in the mailbox today is just not enough revenue for six-day delivery,” Donahue said. “We think it’s a … Read more

Bright future possible, postmaster general tells rural carriers

In Buffalo visit, Patrick Donahoe tells National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association changes must be made to way Postal Service does business. The U.S. Postal Service could have a bright future if it reduces its size and pares down mail delivery to five days a week, but it needs Congress to change the amount of money … Read more

VIDEO: Rural Letter Carriers meet in Buffalo

The City of Buffalo is getting a visit from the Post Master General, and it’s all part of the Rural Letter Carriers’ Association National Convention. The 108th National Convention is taking place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center through Friday. Highlights of the event include Post Master General Patrick R. Donahoe, a key note address … Read more


1.  RCAs on rolls prior to November 20, 2010 and continuously thereafter, will convert to career on salary schedule Table 1. RCAs hired after November 20, 2010, but prior to August 11, 2012 will be paid on Table 3 as RCAs and on Table 2 when they convert to career. RCAs hired after August 10, … Read more

A few contract clarifications: From State Steward Teleconference

HIGH OPTION ELECTION; The award indicates a carrier must have a minimum of 10 years of service from the retirement computation date to be eligible to elect the high option. For a regular carrier, this date can be found in column 17 of your PS50. It is generally the date converted to regular, but may … Read more


 SUMMARY OF HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010-2015 NATIONAL AGREEMENT The following is a summary of highlights of the new National Agreement between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association resulting from the July 3, 2012 Interest Arbitration Award.  The Award and the separate opinion and dissent of Interest Arbitration Board Member Joey … Read more

Ladies and Gentlemen We have a contract award

Interest Arbitration Panel Issues Award: Four and a Half-Year Agreement Calls for Wage Increases and Industrial Engineered Study of Time Standards In an interest arbitration award dated July 3, 2012, the NRLCA and USPS finally have a new National Agreement, which is effective from November 21, 2010 through May 20, 2015.  The Award and the … Read more

2012 NRLCA State Convention Presentation

The following is the presentation being given by the National Officers across the country.  Packed full of lots of good info.   NRLCA National Officer Presentation- 2012 State Conventions See this full screen