Just wanted to put out a few important points for the Christmas OT period which will begin on Saturday December 2nd, 2017 and ends on Friday, December 22nd, 2017.


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 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. Our Postmaster had a talk with us about what she was told when she went to Richmond, Va. We are expected to stay within our daily office time and street time. (which buy the way is always wrong because our times have us in the office a total of 2 1/2 hours and on street 5 to 6 hours. Theses are perfect if your a City Carrier, but we’re in a position upper management hates called Rural Carriers. All year long except the 3 weeks in December our ten routes cost the post office only our evaluation while the ten City routes in our office have several using overtime every work day of the year and almost all starting in mid November. Managements answer to us working beyond our evaluation is to possibly have us come in at 9:00 instead of 8:00. We should come in at 7:00 but we only have 4 clerks for the window and 20 routes. This means usually 3 but sometimes 2 clerks doing everything. So the RCA’S will help sort parcels in December, when there are not enough of them to carry the open routes on Saturday. Management will not let the regular carriers take their K or J day on any other day. We were finally able to get the postmaster to put up the overtime work list after a couple of years of trying and several people signed up. They are only allowed to take a 3, not a 5 and have had problems about getting even the 3 in their checks. We are told if we can’t stay within our evaluation we will have to take our DPS and FSS to the street, even though the clerks could never have us ready because the city side gets priority from them and then we do. After almost 31 yrs, this time of year and how we are treated, along with the the increased volume and longer days and never a kind word from our supervisor or postmaster or especially higher up management, it wears you down. Thankfully we all have wonderful customers who do appreciate us. I will still do my best this season and work hard, mostly for my them.

  2. Lisa Lewis | 11/24/2017 at 6:33 am |

    H routes come in at 9 in our office j and k start at 8

  3. They cannot prevent you from taking a 5 if you are on the RDWL. Besides, that is totally stupid and backwards. Code 5 hours do not go towards calculating Christmas OT because you are already being paid OT. As for the time change, tell them “Fine, I will NOT be back by final dispatch every single day. Your call.”

  4. Can they switch my start time from 7:00 to 9:00 during the Christmas overtime? Having my sub case the mail for me. Then I’m out after dark dilvering? But keeps me under my evaluation. Throw safety to the wind.

  5. Regular in our office are being sent home to avoid ot, rcas are getting ot. Is this a grievance?

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