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

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

Rural Carriers Alert: Start time changes during Christmas OT period

Subject: Start times I have had several questions relating to the changing of start times due to management attempting to avoid Xmas overtime on the front side of the week. These will need to be grieved on an individual basis, appealed to step 2 to get a GATS # assigned and held in abeyance pending the … Read more

NRLCA Press Release: NRLCA Elects Jeanette P. Dwyer as First Female National President

NRLCA Elects Jeanette P. Dwyer as First Female National President – MarketWatch: “Jeanette P. Dwyer, a 30-year career postal employee, has been elected the first female national president in the 108-year history of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA). The election was held during the union’s 107th National Convention in Savannah, GA. Dwyer, a … Read more


Recently, criticism has arisen over how the NRLCA-PAC contributes to Congressional campaigns. The NRLCA-PAC works to represent rural carrier issues on Capitol Hill by supporting key Senators and Representatives. Unfortunately, financial support of a campaign does not guarantee the Senator or Representative will support legislation favorable to our issues or positions. The process for selecting … Read more

NRLCA Contributions to Federal Candidates

Total Receipts $1,297,789 Total Spent (view expenditures) $1,255,141 Begin Cash on Hand $111,817 End Cash on Hand $154,430 Debts $0 Date of last report December 31, 2010 Contributions from this PAC to federal candidates (list recipients)(71% to Democrats, 29% to Republicans) $876,500 Contributions to this PAC from individual donors of $200 or more ( list … Read more

Do you want to see what 10k of our PAC money bought?

According to Opensecrets, the NRLCA gave Issa 10k to his campaign committee in 2009-2010 election cycle. And what did we get for our money?  One big anti union, anti worker, attack on USPS unions. I could have told you and anyone else that Issa would NEVER be a friend of unions, yet we still gave … Read more


Over the past several years rural carriers across America have volunteered to join the NALC to collect food in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states in an effort to “Stamp out Hunger” for needy families, to include children and the elderly. While the NRLCA fully supports this worthwhile cause and has become … Read more

A tale of two realities… Editorial by Ruralinfo.net

I am sure we have all heard of the USPS posting an 8.5 billion dollar loss for 2010. This number just jumps off the page at you doesn’t it? 8.5 billion dollars? How in the world can the USPS survive something like this? This kind of number could make postal employees really wonder about the … Read more

Let them Eat Cake… The USPS version..

  A trend has developed lately that is very disturbing. It seems that postal employees, and our wages have become the whipping post of USPS management, Congress and the media. They howl and groan that labor costs in the USPS are 80% of USPS expenses. Basically, the public perception of us has been destroyed by … Read more

ECAB rules that Rural Carriers are covered driving to work

ECAB rules that Rural Carriers are covered driving to work: “The Employee’s Compensation Appeals Board has ruled that a rural carrier who was in a car accident on her way to work was in the performance of duty as she was driving the vehicle which she intended to use to deliver mail on the date … Read more