NRLCA – Special Mail Count

At the 2019 National Convention PMG Megan Brennan announced that there will be no Nationally called Mail Count for all rural routes the last two (2) weeks in September. The only routes that will be counted will be those that fall under the Special Count provisions in Article 9.2.C.11.a.

“Special counts are conducted under the following two (2) circumstances:

    1. When circumstances have negated the validity of the latest count and evaluation. No salary adjustments will be made as a result of the count unless the evaluation of the route is changed by 120 minutes (2 hours) or more.”This provision primarily goes into effect when DPS letters or DPS flats are introduced on a rural route. Before a route can be counted under DPS it must be receiving DPS mail 30 days prior to the count and must have passed a consecutive 3-day qualifying period of 98% accuracy. Once a route has been qualified the first time, no additional qualifying period is necessary, unless a review is requested.


  1. “Whenever a 120 minute (2 hours) or more salary adjustment is made on a route, whether due to a substantial service change or a route adjustment, and the density of the route after the change has been increased to twelve (12) boxes per mile or more or has been decreased to less than twelve (12) boxes per mile.”This provision will trigger the creation of an “L” route if there was an increase to 12 boxes or more per mile or the elimination of the “L” route status if there was a decrease to less than 12 boxes per mile. Both conditions must exist, plus or minus change above or below the 12 boxes per mile and a 2 hour or more salary adjustment due to service change or route adjustment.


Except for the mail count “Important Dates to Remember” found in the linked document below, there are no changes from the “2018 National Mail Count Guide” and the supporting documents found on this website under Departments on the Steward Operations tab (Click Here).


Click here to view/download the “Important Dates to Remember: 2019 Special Rural Route Count of Mail and Route Inspections” document. 

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They should have counted the route during the 2018 national mail count. All routes were counted. If since then the route has added boxes or miles it could have went up. You need to update your 4003. That’s how you are paid!

I was awarded a route that was counted 7 years ago. It’s an H 43 but should definitely be closer to a K, is there anything I can do? I’m getting sick to my stomach working an hour or two for free each and every day of my life.