Just wanted to put out a few important points for the Christmas OT period which will begin on Saturday December 3rd, 2016 and end on Friday, December 23rd, 2016.



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 the total miles for the day are over 40


1. Aux route carriers 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 working a vacant route, or you are working in the absence of the regular carrier, you will be treated as a regular carrier during the Christmas OT period. You will receive OT if you work in excess of their WEEKLY evaluation, not the DAILY evaluation.

3. 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.

Do not rush. Work your route as you work it all year long. Let them deal with the rest. If they send you home, smile while taking the free time off and call your steward if the harassment becomes excessive.

NOT speaking in an official capacity for the USPS or the NRLCA..

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  1. Eddiethamailman | 12/02/2016 at 8:03 pm |

    If I work my “k” day during Christmas overtime period, will I be able to be paid time and a half (I’m currently on overtime desired list), or will the hours I work be cumulatively added to my weekly hours (so I would only get OT pay IF I exceed my weekly evaluated hours)??
    Thanks for any/all help!

  2. Kim Ruppert | 12/07/2016 at 7:46 am |

    my boss has already been harrassing me. She is always harrassing me talked to steward. I have had enough i am looking into retiring

  3. Question. I’m a regular, almost ten years, with a k day on Saturday. Currently on the OT list bc of being forced in so much, figured I’d at least choose how to be paid. What is the protocol if you are unable for an overtime day, due to medical appointment, and you notified management over a week and a half before the schedule was even planned out. They are attempting to deny my day off, saying I can’t be unavailable for my ot day. What should I do? Medical appointment falls under fmla. I also have a sub of record and they have plenty of people they could technically force in besides me.

  4. What’s a day off?

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