The NRLCA has officially requested that the Postal Service temporarily postpone the data collection period for the Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System (RRECS). Collection of data began on April 23, 2022; however, the NRLCA has identified many critical issues that must be resolved before the system can go “live.” We have apprised the Postal Service of these issues, but many of them remain unresolved. For example:
1. USPS has not adequately trained all rural carriers in the new RRECS Activity Scans. Many carriers received NO training, and some “training” has consisted only of being handed a “cheat sheet.”
2. Management has failed to ensure that every rural carrier understands the importance of the RRECS Activity Scans and to ensure that each carrier completes the scans daily. Only 65-70% of rural carriers complete even the basic 6 required RRECS entries on any given day. This is much lower than it needs to be for the system to record the necessary data.
3. USPS has not yet provided the Union with the basic data elements required to ensure transparency or to enable the Union to validate the data.
4. USPS has not yet provided the Union with the final business logic used to calculate route times and evaluations.
5. USPS has not yet provided answers and clarifications to the Union on several issues with the mapping program and the data collection process.

The NRLCA believes that the RRECS system can only work if data collection is done with the appropriate training, transparency, and safeguards to ensure accuracy. Therefore, the Union will not accept any data collected by USPS until the issues that we have raised with the Postal Service – including those listed above – are resolved to our satisfaction.

We do, however, remain steadfast that all rural carriers should be completing the RRECS Activity Scans EVERY DAY as instructed. The scans/entries are now a core job function and carriers will continue to be compensated using supplemental pay (8127) until the new scans are built into the route evaluations with a base hour change.

Stay tuned to the NRLCA website for further updates on RRECS data collection.
Thank you,
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My route has been severely underrated since the last mail count. 2 weeks after the mail count we just so happen to start receiving Amazon drop on our dock. And, we know dang good and well the USPS and the Union knew it was coming.
Not right to those who are delivering Amazon parcels with no adjusted pay, because the count just ended. All the while, the majority of carriers in the city, are getting paid for Amazon drop and aren’t receiving Amazon anymore.
Something best be changing.

How can the mini mail count be delayed, when it was in the contract with the current dates? Are you telling me, we now have to wait till September to have our routes evaluated? Unbelievable!!!

Why the 4003 can not be updated. My edit book has 14 more deliveries than the 4003. The bread crumbs show I am delivering to these boxes for over a year. Does RREC have a different 4003 program than the one we have always used?

No way are we gonna postpone RRECS data collection. You rural carriers have screwed yourselves royally and been lead into this by your Union. We laugh daily during our telecom’s about how much route pay is going to be cut. Our bonuses we collect at Christmas are looking pretty sweet this year!

I predict many people will leave the union, when they find out how bad this system is!

Ummm what? HELL NO! This needs to be implemented ASAP! My route has been severely under evaluated for YEARS and you all will do nothing about it. I was finally about to start getting paid for all of this AMAZON! KNOCK IT OFF WITH THE DELAYS!!!!!

Transparency! This is paramount! As rural carrier we deal with the public every day we clock in. When we are out in the street our customers come to us with questions. This takes time out of our day to answer them or to follow up with them if we dont have the answer. This takes time every act we perform is time! Traffic is never the same especially if your route is in a congested part of town it can take me 2- 3 lights before I get through. How many time arw you interupted by a customer, “excuse me… Read more »

If people thinks that this new evaluation system is going to help us you are sadly mistaken, if the usps thought for a minute that they were going to have to pay us more they would never have agreed to it. We are all screwed. I’m just glad that I only have a few more months before I retire.

I know why rrecs is important. But get it right and not rush the future. It seems they are really involved trying to get it right, but then we are still waiting on our correct pay, then the back pay for the last year. Let’s get our current pay correct then worry about the future.