Today, the USPS and NRLCA have agreed that regular rural carriers may volunteer to work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day holiday, Monday, January 18, 2021, to deliver packages.
Managers will ask for volunteer regular rural carriers who wish to work on MLK Day to deliver packages on any route(s) in the office. This volunteer opportunity does not apply to those regular rural carriers with a Monday relief day who have a designated MLK Day holiday on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Volunteering to work on MLK Day does not provide a guarantee or entitlement to work.
Prior to scheduling a regular rural carrier who has volunteered for work on MLK Day, management must first schedule all assistant rural carriers (ARCs), and then all available leave replacements in the office, including stations, branches, and any remotely-managed post offices (RMPO).
Regular rural carriers will be compensated at the overtime rate pursuant to Article 9.2.A.1.k., for hours worked on MLK Day. All work hours are to be recorded in the Actual Weekly Hours block on PS Form 1314. Hours worked on MLK Day should also be annotated in the Daily Overtime block.
This is strictly voluntary and carriers SHOULD NOT be forced to work.