National Mail Count: February 24-March 9, 2018 – Instructions and opt out forms

In accordance with Article 9.2.C.3.a.(2) of the 2015-2018 National Agreement between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, a national rural route mail count will be conducted for twelve (12) working days beginning Saturday, February 24, 2018 and ending Friday, March 9, 2018. All routes will be counted except those routes which both the regular rural carrier or the rural carrier associate (Designation Code 79), as appropriate, and management agree in writing not to count. The mail count will be effective at the beginning of the fourth full pay period following the end of the count period. (April 28, 2018)

Carriers wishing to opt-out must do so between January 22 and February 2. Management has until February 9 to return their opt-out decision to the carrier.

Please click here to see the Instructions and form for opting-out of the mail count.


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Where do I find the 105standards that have changed for mail count

Melaney Conklin

Just wondering…can anyone tell me the advantages of opting in for a mail count? Yes, I have gained numerous boxes, I have almost twice as many scans and packages as I did with my last mail count. I do notice my DPS is lower, possibly the flats as well. And you know, it’s always lower during mail count!!
Just need to know if I might benefit OR not lose what I’ve gained over the years. Please help!

Henry Reams

I have a question more than a comment but need answers….There is a rumor circulating that UPS will be picking up a large amount of package deliveries during the count to offset numbers. Wouldn’t this be extreme manipulation on behalf of USPS to decrease numbers? Also, if grievances are filed..then wouldn’t that throw out the count and no changes would be made? It appears to be a lose/lose situation for the carriers, especially for those routes that have increased and should receive more pay. Any thoughts?

Randall Foss

This is my thought on the up coming count. What does the engineered study do for our mail value if they can not come to any agreement? Does it change the standards of what is being counted and our actual time to do our job? Does our contract not end soon? Does a count not cost the USPS tons of money? I’m In a 20 route office with a 50/50 view on the count. Some want in so they can get a real value of their route. And other’s don’t because they got VERY GOOD results from the last count.… Read more »