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“It is beyond toxic. The morale is so low”: Texas rural letter carrier speaks out on terrible working conditions, massive pay cuts

A massive assault on the United States Postal Service is currently underway. Under a new restructuring program, post office management is taking aim at tens of thousands of jobs, and slashing wages for tens of thousands of rural carriers, reducing them to poverty. With a new “evaluation period” beginning last week for tens of thousands … Read more

USPS rural carriers union says members have more to lose than gain in decertification push

NRLCA National President Don Maston said in an interview Friday that the union had “gone to extreme measures” by repeatedly delaying the implementation of the Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System (RRECS). “I understand that they’re angry, those that have lost hours, and they’re angry at the system,” Maston  said. But Maston said those delays also exacerbated … Read more

Documentation Required for RRECS Disputes

The Rural Route Evaluation Dispute Process will be used to address disputes where the assigned carrier has identified potential errors. Local management and the carrier should discuss and work together to submit the necessary documentation needed to resolve the issue. Listed on the attached pages are some common issues being disputed and the recommended documentation … Read more


Please see the below MOU between the U.S. Postal Service and the NRLCA setting the future evaluation periods for all rural routes with effective dates at six-month intervals. This MOU also outlines several changes to be made to the calculation of Route Coverage effective with the rural route evaluations, October 7, 2023.

NRLCA releases LOU on Step 4 Closed Business or School

The NRLCA was approached to discuss the Step 4 in reference to the closed business or school.  In that Step 4, if a business/school closed hold contained 8 or more DPS letters, the carrier would receive a parcel during the Evaluated Compensations System (ECS) mail count.  After entering the RRECS environment, this agreement no longer … Read more

Carriers Working Over the Evaluated Hours on Overburdened 48K Routes

If you are assigned to a 48K (57:00 to 57:36 hours), and your actual hours exceed 48 actual work hours, you may be entitled to auxiliary assistance. Temporary relief is covered in the EL-902-The USPS- NRLCA National Agreement, the M-38, and the F-21. USPS Operations is developing a plan to adjust overburdened routes, but in … Read more

Rural carrier whose wages were cut by $20,000 speaks out on slashed pay, harsh working conditions

The WSWS recently spoke with a rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service about working conditions following the implementation of the new Rural Routes Evaluated Compensation System (RRECS) method of calculating wages. Since its deployment roughly two-thirds of rural letter carriers have reported steep cuts in pay. The RRECS system is an arbitrary evaluation system … Read more

Attacks on rural letter carriers the beginning of devastating restructuring of the US Postal Service

Work at USPS? Tell us what you think about the impact of RRECS and the proposed cuts under “Delivering for America.” All submissions will be kept anonymous. More than 90,000 rural letter carriers for the United States Postal Service (USPS) are battling changes to their compensation which have led to massive pay cuts and longer workweeks. The replacement of … Read more