Christmas period for rural carriers starts next week. Here are some things to know

Just wanted to put out a few important points for the Christmas OT period which will begin on Saturday, December 5, 2020 and ends on Friday, December 25, 2020.  Below are a few things you need to know.


1. You will receive OT if you work in excess of the WEEKLY evaluation, not the DAILY evaluation.

2. They can send you home "in anticipation" of you going over your weekly evaluation. Some have been told they will be sent home without pay. That is WRONG. They may send you home, but you will get the full evaluation for the week.

Example :

Lets say you are a 42k, and Saturday is your K day off, and by the end of Thursday you have already worked 36 hours, which leaves you only 6 hours to complete the route on Friday before going into OT. They may only let you work 5.5 hours on Friday and send you home. They still would have to pay you for the full day of evaluation even though you only worked 5.5 hours..

3. Annual and Sick leave count as hours worked during the Christmas OT period..

4. They CAN'T force you to take LWOP during the Christmas OT period

5. Treatment of X days during the Christmas OT period. A. Carriers who work a relief day during this period and who are entitled to a future day off (X day) must be given that X day in the same pay period.

6. Carriers may not use any X days that were earned in previous pay periods during this period.

7. Additional(2nd) Trips to the route during the Christmas period do NOT receive additional pay, but the carrier will receive additional EMA IF they use their own vehicle for the route and the total miles for the day are over 40 (Note: This does not mean a carrier can refuse to do second trips, it just means there is no extra pay. The time used DOES count towards your weekly hours)

8.  If you take a Code 5 for working your K day that does NOT count in your 5 day evaluation because you have already been paid for the OT. If you take a Code 3 you have to take your X day that week! Not just the PP but the same week...because those hrs do count because you have the X day! 


1. Aux route carriers (Designation 79) serving any auxiliary route are compensated at the hourly rate for actual hours worked during the Christmas OT period. During this period, carriers are not paid the evaluation of the route. Overtime is paid only when the carrier exceeds 40 hours for the week.

2. If you are an RCA not in any one of the situations above, NOTHING CHANGES for you. You will be paid the same as you are paid all year long. You will be paid evaluation of the routes you work unless you go over 40 hours in the week. Then you will be paid hourly

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I think the wording at the end for RCAs need to be more clearly stated. Hourly, yes, but at overtime rate (1.5) for everything over 40.

Do ARCS workXmas day?

We have been making second trips for parcels in my office all year and being compensated on 8127 for loading time and 2 mins a mile. I understand we do not receive this during the Xmas OT period. But what if I make a second trip while working an R5 relief day? Since that day is not part of Xmas Overtime calculation, do I get to claim the second trip?

Why is nothing said about arc’s. They work sundays holidays & during the week during Christmas season & don’t get paid ot or vacation time. That should be changed changed so that Arc’s get paid or

I have a question. I’m on a 42 route. If work my k day during the Christmas overtime period, receive and use my x day. How will I be paid? Will the x day count as hours worked? Will the hours I worked on my k day count toward my weekly hours also?