Pay Cuts Have Rural Letter Carriers ‘Scared’ and ‘Outraged’

Thousands of letter carriers at the U.S. Postal Service are starting to see new schedules that have reduced their hours and cut their pay, causing significant anxiety within the workforce.

The changes are part of a revamping of the pay structure for rural employees, a process that has been years in the making and subject to a series of delays. The new work schedules were slated to go into effect last month, but were repeatedly pushed back as the Postal Service sought to iron out kinks.

The National Rural Letter Carriers Association has filed a national grievance on the plan, saying USPS has withheld details on the data that underlies the new hour and pay calculations. The new system was developed in conjunction with the union after an arbitrator in 2012 said the two sides should come together to create a structure that better adapts to the mailing agency’s evolving business conditions.

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I have been a rural carrier for forty years and I went from a 44k to a 43h. Now I’ve lost thousands of dollars and now they want me to work six days a week. My route is 96 miles of backroads and at the end of the day I can barely walk when I get out of my vehicle. When this new evaluation system started I put in my retirement papers, I used to be proud of my job but no more. I feel like I’ve been cheated and screwed. I feel for the ones that has so much… Read more »

Turns out the Post Office wanted to delay the implementation of the new evaluations, but our union insisted it go forward. WTF

Hey Lou , how do you know. Doesn’t surprise me though.

Greg, got it right from a USPS big shot. Not surprised that both sides of this coin are full of shit.

Wow, people actually down vote the truth. No wonder we belong to a useless organization.

File a PS Form 1188, Cancellation of Organization Dues from Payroll Withholdings, to cancel dues withholding.