Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave – Understanding How Leave Impacts Retirement and TSP Deduction

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided employees with two additional types of leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave, and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for child care needs. This leave benefit became effective April 1, 2020, and continues through December 31, 2020. Since the introduction of the new leave types, the Office of Personnel … Read more

NRLCA Endorses House Bill to Preserve USPS Services

The NRLCA is pleased to announce its support for the Delivering for America Act introduced by House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) which the House will consider on Saturday, August 22. The bill text broadly states that “the United States Postal Service may not implement or approve any change to the … Read more

NRLCA: Upcoming Congressional Hearings on the USPS

The House and Senate are set to hold separate hearings covering Postal Service operations on Friday and Monday. Below are details pertaining to each hearing.   Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Examining the Finances and Operations of the United States Postal Service During COVID-19 and Upcoming Elections Full Committee Hearing Friday, August 21: … Read more

September Mail Count

The deadline for the USPS to notify the NRLCA of their intention to exercise their right under Article 9.2.C.3.a to count all rural routes the last 12 working days in September has expired. The only routes that will be counted during this time period will be those that fall under the Special Count provisions in … Read more

Employee responds to customer’s signs of stroke

Rural Carrier Lisa Moule was recently making a Priority Mail Express delivery in Medina, NY, when she grew worried about the recipient. The customer — an older woman Moule had spoken to regularly for years — seemed disoriented and couldn’t remember her own name. Moule immediately called 911 and stayed with the woman until paramedics … Read more

Customer overwhelmed with gratitude for employee’s help

Columbus, OH, Rural Carrier Jodie Craft was delivering mail one day last fall in nearby Galloway when she spotted a customer, James Mentel, who’d fallen in his driveway while raking and blowing leaves. Craft rushed to check on Mentel, who had been stranded for over an hour. The Postal Service employee immediately called 911, covered … Read more

Rural Carrier Cost-of-Living Raises Set for August 29, 2020

Pursuant to the release of the July 2020 Consumer Price Index – Urban Wage and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and in accordance with Article 9.1.E , the fifth COLA adjustment of the 2018-2021 National Agreement will result in a $187 increase for eligible rural carriers. This COLA adjustment will be effective August 29, 2020, (PP 19-2020). … Read more

Rural Carrier praised for saving customer’s life

Rural Carrier Jennifer Shumway was recently making deliveries in a Sarasota, FL, housing development when she grew worried about a customer whose mail was piling up. Shumway knocked on the woman’s front door and got no answer, so she alerted a property manager, who called 911. Emergency responders discovered that the woman had been stranded … Read more