United States Congress: Picking Winners and Losers in the Shipping Game

A guest blog by VOCAL RCA While the United States Postal Service (USPS) is heading for possible bankruptcy this October, United Parcel Service (UPS) is flourishing in profits and getting ready to open new smaller retail stores.  Calling the concept  “Main Street”, UPS plans on appealing to small business owners to open the stores in … Read more

Lesser of Two Evils – A Ruralinfo.net Guest Blog

A guest blog by VOCAL RCA The United States Postal Service, which has reported that it will run out of money in October 2013, is currently  at a crossroads in order to maintain sustainability and remain a vital part of America’s economic growth. On the one hand, the Postal Service can remain a private company, … Read more

Post Plan – The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A Ruralinfo.net Editorial In July 2011, the Postal Service announced that nearly 3700 post office’s would be studied for closure.  There was major public outcry, especially from small rural communities who did not want to lose their post office.  Public meetings were held, and from the feedback received at these public meetings, the USPS developed … Read more

Strike to Action – A Ruralinfo.net Guest Blog

A guest blog by VOCAL RCA While the postal service struggles to complete day to day operations, United Parcel Service (UPS), just formulated a new contract with its’ Teamsters Union (Bloomberg report by Mary Jane Credeur in Atlanta) to avoid a strike that was scheduled to occur in early August of this year. The Teamsters … Read more

Postal Déjà vu

Most people do not think of the job of a Postal worker as being a dangerous job.  In reality, there are a lot of dangers Postal workers face both in the plants and post offices and on the street delivering mail.  This brings me to the Ricin laced letters sent through the mail.  These letters … Read more

Some USPS Saturday Delivery History

From the start, letter carriers delivered mail six days a week, usually Monday through Saturday.6 In May and June 1947, Saturday deliveries were temporarily eliminated in some cities due to budget shortfalls. In 1957, Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield decided to end Saturday deliveries nationwide because of a budget crisis. On one Saturday – April … Read more

Solving the Rural Carrier Relief Identity Crisis

I wanted to help clear the fog on all of the rural carrier relief designations and titles. Most of today’s rural carrier relief carriers fall under one of these four designations Rural Carrier Associates (RCAs)—(Designation Code 78) – Rural carrier associates are those employees hired from a register or reassigned from rural carrier relief or … Read more

Step 4 Settlement on Requirement to Case (DPS) Letter Mail during DPS review

The issue in this grievance involves management requiring rural carriers to case Delivery Point Sequence (DPS) Letters during a DPS letter formal review request for 12 days. The Parties agree that when rural carriers are required to case DPS letter mail, appropriated compensation will be provided in accordance with Handbook PO-603, Section 541.41. DOWNLOAD via … Read more

Step 4 Grievance Settlement on Being Denied LWOP on Saturday

The issue in this grievance involves management denying LWOP on Saturday due to the unavailability of a leave replacement, when the leave replacement was assigned to express mail and collection runs and is not servicing a route. The Parties agree that a leave replacement assigned duties per Article 30.2.Q., will not be considered unavailable for … Read more

The Neutral Engineer for the Rural Carrier Time Study

Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega is the Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than 8,500 students, 700 faculty and staff, and $129 million in annual research expenditures, NC State’s College of Engineering is internationally recognized for the excellence of its research, education and outreach programs. In 2008, the … Read more

Let’s talk about the Elephant in the room

Elephant in the room” is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.[2] It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, … Read more

The only thing we have to fear is ourselves.

I spend a lot of time online and there are a lot of pages on the internet that I look at while scouring for news and information to share with everyone.  I see a lot of crazy things posted by rural carriers, but there is nothing that gets me riled up more than to see … Read more

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