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Rural Carrier Hero: Jane Field, Fort Valley, GA

Fort Valley, GA, Rural Carrier Jane Field was delivering mail recently when she spotted smoke billowing from a customer’s garage.As she attempted to alert the homeowner, she saw that a bucket was in flames near a garage wall.Field got no…



National Steward Recognition Week: October 16-22, 2017

During the month of October, the NRLCA National Board designates the week of October 16-22, 2017 as “National Steward Recognition Week.” We use this week – and month – to say, “THANK YOU!” to the stewards who serve our union so…


Rural Carrier Hero:  Kyndall Caruso, Stoneville, NC

In Stoneville, NC, Rural Carrier Kyndall Caruso heard a man calling out for help alongside a road.She found him in a ditch, seriously injured after being beaten during a robbery.Caruso called 911 and stayed on the scene until emergency responders…


Rural Carrier Hero: Geraline Powers, McMinnville, TN

Rural Carrier Geraline Powers checked on a customer she spotted lying on the ground outside his McMinnville, TN, home.Finding the man unresponsive, Powers called 911 and stayed on the scene until emergency responders arrived.Medics determined that the man had suffered…




NRLCA: Death of Former National President Steven R. Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former National President Steven R. Smith late Sunday evening, October 8, 2017. After returning home to Oklahoma from the 2017 National Convention, Steve had to undergo open heart surgery….



Guarantee Year provisions important to rural carriers

There are certain rural carrier provisions that happen around the new Guarantee year and the end of the year.  I have summarized them below with links to more information.  Pay close attention to anything highlighted, or you may end up…


Rural Carrier Hero: David Hansen, Walnut Grove, MN

Rural Carrier Associate David Hansen was delivering mail recently in Walnut Grove, MN, when he saw a woman fall on a concrete walkway as she exited a residence. Hansen rushed to assist the woman, who was clutching her arm and…



New EMA Charts – rate will stay at 68 cents per mile

Equipment Maintenance Allowance Schedule for Rural Routes Rural Carriers In accordance with the provisions of Article 9, section 2.J.3 of Handbook EL-902, Agreement between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, effective September 30, 2017 (pay…


Rural Carrier Hero: Paula Gainey, Rocky Point, NC

Rocky Point, NC, Rural Carrier Paula Gainey was recently delivering mail to an older customer’s home when she heard the resident calling out for help.  Gainey pulled over and soon discovered the woman lying on the ground in the backyard. …



Rural Carrier Hero: Anthony Alexander, Hayden, AL

Rural Carrier Anthony Alexander recently had a package for a customer in Hayden, AL. As Alexander approached the man’s home, he came out to meet the Postal Service employee and fell down the front steps. Alexander tried to help the…


Barnum, MN mail delivery a family affair

Good-natured banter fills the sorting room of the Barnum Post Office each morning as the three rural mail carriers and the manager sort the mail and get it ready to deliver. The mail carriers, Tracy Matuseski, Karla Hofford and Holly…