Clarification on Second Trips during Christmas Overtime Period

There seems to be some confusion in the field about second trips during the Christmas period. On page 736 of the December issue of the National Rural Letter Carrier, it states, “Second Trip is not allowed during the Christmas period.” That section of the article is printed directly from the Postal Bulletin and deals specifically with PAY administration. Second trips cannot be entered on the timecards during the Christmas period. This is consistent with our Pre-arbitration settlement of 3-14-2005 (V-1 in the Steward Reference Guide and attached to this email) which states :

An additional trip performed by a regular rural carrier or substitute rural carrier
(Designation 72) during the Christmas period will not be compensable, but the carrier will
receive additional EMA as prescribed above. However, a regular rural carrier or a
substitute rural carrier (Designation 72) may be entitled to Christmas overtime in
accordance with Article 9.2.K of the National Agreement.

This DOES NOT mean that Second Trips cannot be required by management during the Christmas period-they cannot, however, be entered on the timecard as they normally are.

We do have some disputes in the field as to what exactly constitutes a “second trip” and what does not, as understood by the parties when that pre-arb was signed. If you have questions about that particular issue, please direct them to your assigned Executive Committeeman.
Thank you!

David Heather, Director of Steward Operations

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Is going back for 2nd trips to pickup customers packages a 2nd. I have a large business that ships hundreds of packages from thanksgiving till xmas no way i can get them in my van in one trip.

Instead of having us come back to office for our second trip packages our post master is meeting us on the route with our packages. Is this allowed?

Carriers in Alabama are complaining they cannot get calls returned from the DR. So how are they supposed to get answers? Things have changed a lot since I retired, and not for the better.

If u make a 2nd trip you get mileage. Its your job to get it delivered so u are still getting paid. However, (for reg. Carriers) on heavy days that require these 2nd trips u may get overtime at the end of the week if u go over your weekly evaluation.

If u make a 2nd trip you get mileage. Its your job to get it delivered so u are still getting paid. However, (for reg. Carriers) on heavy days that require these 2nd trips u may get overtime at the end of the week if u go over your weekly evaluation.

ummm….says a whole bunch of NOTHING

I think it is saying you won’t get extra time/$$ for an extra trip, but it may will throw you into overtime pay status…?? Diana Wright Garner Nadell Baylor Terry McClure

As usual, clear as mud. If the 2nd trip is not allowed, does that mean you don’t do it. If not, who does? Or do you do it and not get paid?