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History is a painful reminder of just how much HAS NOT changed!! 113 years later…

The National Postal Museum has an excellent new exhibit on the history of Rural Free Delivery. Rural Free Delivery began on October 1st, 1896. That was 113 years ago. I will add the link to it below, but first, as I was looking at the exhibit, I came across something ...

10 things you might not know about the USPS

Presidential Postal Workers Two postmasters became US Presidents later in their careers. Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman. Truman held the title and signed papers but immediately turned the position and its pay over to an assistant. Lincoln was the only President who had served as a postmaster. Famous Postal Workers ...

Route Vehicles and Inequality

Yesterday, I asked a simple question of my followers on Facebook. I asked them, “How many days of your annual leave or LWOP have you had to sacrifice for the sake of vehicle repairs?” This stirred a lot of rural carriers up BIG TIME. Of course most had used a ...

What have unions done? Here’s what….

I put these facts together because I am really growing tired of all of the anti-union rhetoric and propaganda that seems to be the popular opinion these days. Americans have forgotten that the middle class was built on unions. If you receive paid holidays, thank a union. If you receive ...

Wrong side driving. Does the USPS condone it or not?

There was an article written in the Roanoke Times this week about rural carriers delivering from the right side while reaching across to the left to use the steering wheel and brake/gas controls. The reporter contacted me a couple of months ago asking if he could post on my message ...

Twas the day after Christmas overtime

Its that time again.. I always pull out my Christmas OT poem about this time every year.. I wrote this a few years ago, but nothing ever changes.. Twas the day after Christmas overtime and all around my case were piles and piles of catalogs with not an inch of ...

On the 12th day of Christmas Overtime the USPS gave to me…

The 12 days things is going around FB, so I thought I would add our own special touch! On the 12th day of Christmas Overtime the USPS gave to me… 12 Migraine headaches 11 Busted knuckles 10 False directives 9 Letters of Warning 8 Managers freaking 7 Shoulders aching 6 ...

15 things your rural carrier wont tell you…

1. No, you didnt get any mail.  If you had any mail I would have put it in your box. Just because you didnt find any mail in your box DOES NOT mean someone stole your mail. There really are times when you do not get mail. I promise. 2 ...

Social media and Postal Employees

A Ruralinfo.net Editorial Social media and what employees can do and say is kind of a New Frontier.  Basically, with the surge of Facebook, Twitter and all of the other social media websites out there, we are more or less, as a work force, stumbling in the dark.  So what ...

Rest in Peace Marie Youngblood our fellow rural carrier

Obituary for Marie Youngblood - She was laid to rest on Saturday, June 1st, 2013 Marie Youngblood 52; passed away on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Coldspring, Texas. Mrs. Youngblood was born on Thursday January 12, 1961 in Houston, Texas; to Eddie Matthews and Hasteen Matthews. Marie was preceded in ...

Step 4 Grievance Settlement: City Carriers Assigned to Collect Parcels From Rural Route Customer

The issue in this grievance concerns city carriers being assigned to collect parcels from a customer on a rural route. The parties agree that collecting parcels from customers on a rural route are generally craft specific duties, unless operational issues exist. Download via News Info ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

L’Enfant Plaza – We have a spontaneous combustion problem

I have noticed a very disturbing thing in the last few years.  LLV fires - Lots of them..  The aging fleet seems to be becoming a huge problem in regards to the safety of mail carriers.  I looked at only the last year or so and specifically for LLV -Postal ...

Step 4 Grievance Settlement on Waiting for Mail that Requires Casing Before Strapping Out

Step 4 Grievance Settlement on Waiting for Mail that Requires Casing Before Strapping Out The issue in this grievance concerns waiting for any mail due to late arriving transportation which may or may not include DPS letter mail. The parties agree that when a rural carrier is required to wait ...