Really disappointed with our union

Guest post by MIKE BARNABI

I've been a card-carrying member of the NRLCA since I was hired in the late 1990s. Any more I'm starting to wonder why.

Sure I get timely information and I've always been a pro-union guy, but the representation has been nothing short of embarrassing the last couple years.

I'm pretty sure the national board has been away from mail (and parcel!) delivery for so long they forget what it's like to be in a car for 4-5 hours a day.

The failures are too numerous to list. Amazingly after our last mail count I was told by my postmaster that we were to start getting Amazon parcels daily. At the time I didn't think anything of it.

Now, however, there are 30 or more when I walk in the door. Basically we have received no compensation for this.

How about the February mail counts? Too much mail in September or October because of elections? Who would agree to this? People on our side? Essentially now we deliver election for nothing!

Not to mention that we miss all the mail from our snowbirds who are gone in February to avoid the nasty Ohio winters.

But back to Amazon. What an embarrassment this has been for our union. Did they not see this coming? Surely it was in the works for months... possibly years. Do they not fight for us any more?

I love how they celebrate the mammoth 1.2 percent pay raises we get.... while our health insurance goes up 3 percent!

These people are clearly asleep at the switch. They have no idea what we do with respect to the parcel business... or even how much mail we have. And clearly they don't have our best interests at heart any more.

The time study? Another debacle. Does anyone really thing this will work to our advantage? I just got a note left at my case the other day that said we aren't getting paid for spm scans any more? Anyone else hear of this?

Rural carriers are doing more work than ever before. Parcel delivery, scanning, etc. are at all time-highs. Isn't it about time we get compensated fairly?

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when i had my taxes done this year, my tax consultant couldnt believe how much i paid for health insurance he said thats the most he has seen paid for it!!!!

GA- 93 million out of work? Are you telling us that we have 40% unemployment? Might want to check your math. We have around 210 million people of working age. I don’t think 93 million are unemployed. Just saying. Most of the rural carriers I have met have a generally positive attitude. They are hard-working and grateful for their jobs. Because they are dissatisfied with their lack of effective representation by the nrlca, that does not make them “spoiled and arrogant”. Might want to look in the mirror and check your attitude.

I’ve been a rural carrier for 17 years… I thank God each day for my job, I look at it as a blessing, not a curse. If you poor guys are so so miserable and mistreated at work……. QUIT!!! There are 93 million Americans out of work who would take your job at the drop of a hat and be absolutely grateful for it. Stop feeling sorry for yourselves and start feeling grateful, it will totally change your outlook on life. Union members are truly some of the most spoiled and arrogant people I’ve ever met. Please don’t call your… Read more »

I used to get about 70 parcels a day at the 2014 mail count now I’m averaging 120 to 140 a day and got told I will have to take off without pay because I’m in danger of 2080 and the 2240 hours because its taking me longer to deliver, Thank you amazon and my wonderful union for not doing anything to help me out.Already working for free and now I have to lose more pay.

It makes me sad to think all the hard work and dedication I have given over the past 23 years doesn’t mean a thing to the USPS. All they want to do is screw us more..come Union where are you

I wish our so called Union would read some of this. I feel the same as the rest of you. I never use the union but others try to use them if needed but they never seem to help anyone but them self.

Time to finally cut my losses and get out of the association…oops, I mean union…

Every time I have an issue and take it to people in Management or the Union, all I get told is, “Well its out of our hands.” Especialyl Amazon. I’m not only my steward, but the lead PTF in my office. So I sometimes do the Sunday deliveries, not often since I usually get 4-6 days a week without Amazon Sundays. I just had my supervisor come up to me today, Saturday morning, and say “btw you’re in tomorrow.” How’s that for ruining your weekend? I find out Sunday morning I need to cancel all of my plans on my… Read more »

Amazon has been a huge issue in our office.last time my route was counted I got credit for 40 to 60 parcels a day.along came Amazon and I am now delivering 140 to over 200 packages a day and management wonders why we go over evaluated hours.well when you have a 200 percent increase in parcels what do they expect.union doesn’t care.

Yes the arbitrator switched the count from Sept to Feb/March….but who was negotiating on our behalf? The NRLCA of course…but lets always blame the arbitrator, as usual. Who strongly recommended that members vote FOR the last contract…the NRLCA of course. Who has let this study drag on without any recourse or even an option to count last Feb/March…the NRLCA of course. Do you think that I agree with Mike B, who is really disappointed with our union…of course!

A couple of things here. First, an arbitrator forced the switch from Sept. mail counts to Feb./March. And when we had Sept. counts, there were just as many screams that mail was too light in the fall and that we should have the count in the spring. Second, you cannot compare 1.2% of $50,000 (annual salary) vs. 3% of $3094 (annual premium of rural health plan). And while this is just my opinion, I believe the time study will result in a better more representative compensation.

Mike you are spot on.the last contract was nothing more than a bate and switch .The only reason we voted for it was because they offered subs insurance.Now who can afford it.Yes we are overburdened most days with packages.NRLCA wake up!!