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NRLCA releases 2080/2240 tracking tool

The NRLCA has posted an easy-to-use 2080/2240 tracking tool for rural carriers to keep track of their work hours. It can be updated each year by simply updating the date in yellow to the first day of the guarantee year ...

A rural carrier celebrates Independence Day

Rural Carrier Associate Lucas Wight really got into the spirit of Independence Day. Wight arrived for a shadow day with Maple Falls, WA, Postmaster Michael Hinkle dressed as George Washington, complete with powdered wig. “He surprised us,” Hinkle said of the unexpected uniform. “None of us knew.” Luckily for Wight, the weather cooperated, topping out ...

Mail carrier dies after West Pullman shooting in Chicago

A mail carrier was shot in her chest and has died Friday on the city’s Far South Side, fire officials said. Octavia Redmond, 48 and of the Loop neighborhood, has died, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The “unfortunate” attack left the postal worker shot in the chest ...

MOU Signed on Hiring Rural Carrier Annuitants as Holiday Assistant Rural Carriers (HARCs)

The U.S. Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association have signed an MOU to rehire rural carrier annuitants as holiday assistant rural carriers (HARCs). These individuals will be used to deliver packages up to seven (7) days per week between November 2, 2024, through January 24, 2025 ...

RRECS Activity Editing Pilot Tests

The NRLCA was notified by the Postal Service of their intent to conduct two (2) isolated pilot tests involving RRECS Activity Editing. One in the CO-WY district involving 233 routes and one in the TX-2 district involving 565 routes. There will be NO CHANGE to RRECS evaluations as a result ...

NEW RRECS Resources: Route Resequencing FAQ, Training, and More

Updated documents are now available under the RRECS Resources tab on our website concerning Route Resequencing: What to Look for in a Route Adjustment or Realignment ...

A rural carrier spotted a man in a puddle who needed medical help

Rural Carrier Derek Nelson was delivering mail recently in Winthrop, ME, during stormy weather when he came upon an unresponsive man in a puddle, exposed to wind and rain. Nelson attempted to call for help but did not have a cellphone signal. However, local Postmaster Scott Allarie, who lives in ...

The state of USPS management

Postal management at the local level has always been hit-and-miss. Over my long career, I have had a few excellent managers and a lot of terrible ones. The good ones almost break your heart when they end up leaving your office, as most ultimately do. A bad manager can severely ...

New MDD Scanner Changes: July 1, 2024

Please see the documentation linked below for information on the latest MDD release to familiarize yourself with the latest scanner changes. Pilot: 06/17/2024 National: 07/01/2024 •TMK for EAS •Event 60 Update •Quick Login •CPMS Audit for Updated Coordinates •Smart Locker Package Intercept •eArrow Lock Enhancement: Collection Box ID •Revert Front ...

Our latest Rural Carrier Newsletter is live.

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A rural carrier aided a feline in distress

Rural Carrier Matt Tripp was delivering mail in Morganfield, KY, recently when he came upon a cat with her head stuck in a tin can. Tripp was unable to safely remove the can, so he called animal control and stayed with the cat until officers arrived. She was taken to ...

New Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Charts for Rural Routes Released

Rural Carriers In accordance with 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 June 29, 2024 (pay period 15-24), the equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) will increase to 98.5 cents per mile. The EMA is 98.5 cents ...

USPS to Retire the Verify-by-Email Multifactor Authentication in August

The NRLCA has been notified that the Postal Service is retiring the option to use the verify-by-email multifactor security method to access LiteBlue in August 2024. Employees currently using email as a Multifactor Authentication (MFA) on LiteBlue are encouraged to replace this verification method. The Postal Service recommends replacing the ...

NRLCA and USPS Sign MOU Concerning Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2025

The NRLCA and USPS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing that for leave year 2025, regular work force career employees covered by the USPS-NRLCA Agreement may carry over 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from leave year 2024 to leave year 2025. In all other respects, the ELM ...

OSHA Heat Standard Heads to White House for Review

OSHA has been working a proposed standard for indoor and outdoor heat illness since 2021. This month the proposed standard has been sent to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review. While the language of the proposed standard has not be released, the rule is ...

This rural carrier aided a customer stranded outdoors after falling and breaking her leg

Rural Carrier Debra Mericle was delivering mail in Paulding, OH, in January when she heard a cry for help. She found an older customer on the ground, in pain, near the foot of the steps to the woman’s home. The customer said she’d slipped on ice while trying to feed ...

40 Years a Rural Carrier: Bellevue’s Denny Walagmuth retires after four decades

Denny Walgamuth delivered his last round of mail to local folks last week, as the longtime rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service officially retired after 40 years on the job. Walgamuth, who graduated from Bellevue High School (PS1) in 1979, started as a part-timer for the postal service ...