Notice to All Post Offices with Rural Delivery Service: Rural Carrier Guarantee Period

Postal Service™ managers must effectively manage rural carriers who work under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), section 7(b)(2). Those carriers are paid overtime for all hours actually worked in excess of 2,080, up to 2,240, within the 52-consecutive-week guarantee period.

If a carrier works more than 2,240 hours within the guarantee period, the agreement under FLSA section 7(b)(2) is considered void, and the carrier must be compensated for all hours worked during the guarantee period in accordance with FLSA, section 7(a).

Postal Service managers must make a concerted effort to minimize the number of hours carriers work over 2,080, and strictly monitor these carriers to ensure that no carrier works in excess of 2,240 actual work hours.

The 2019–2020 guarantee period will begin on Saturday, October 12, 2019, and continue through Friday, October 9, 2020.

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I’ve been dealing recently with the union on the 2080 hours issue. They can force leave to allievate a problem. Other methods they can’t use such as skipping a carrier on the work relief list. My issue with 2080 hours occured because I have no sub and its necessary for me to work each Saturday because theirs no sub. My services are needed- but because of the 2080 rule my Saturday hours are a major issue. The office wants me to work but they dont want the hours on the books.

so i am a regular rural carrier and was told in august that i was something like 29 days over 2080.i was told i have to use my vacation time any x-days and any o-time. can they force me to use AL? this situation was created because i had no relief carrier and i was forced in on my K-day

Oh good then work me longer hours push me harder that won’t be hard …