Step 4 Grievance Filed on USPS Working Regular Letter Carriers on Sundays and on Routes Other Than Their Assigned Routes

On August 23, 2022, the NRLCA filed a Step 4 grievance regarding the Postal Service’s refusal to cease working regular rural carriers on routes other than their assigned routes and on Sundays.

Step 4 Grievance - Section 8.1 and 30.1.P (FINAL) 08-23-2022 is not sponsored or authorized by the NRLCA, the USPS or any state or local association. The materials on’s web site are provided “as is”. They are presented here for informational use only. See full disclaimer
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The issue in the greivance is that some offices are FORCING regular carriers to carry other routes and work Sundays. The MOU clearly states that this can be done VOLUNTARILY only.

Running other routes or on Sundays is supposed to be voluntary; they shouldn’t make you run anything besides your own route if you do not the OT.

I’m struggling to make sense of this. Requiring regular carriers to work other routes or on Sundays–huge no-no, has been since the beginning of time, 100% on board. Crystal clear, it’s a slam dunk grievance anytime it does happen. But the NRLCA and USPS signed several MOUs, including one that became active in early August 2022 and runs through February 2023, that permitted regular rural carriers to *volunteer* to run other routes or to do Sunday parcels. To reiterate, the NRLCA union and the USPS came to an understanding about this and both agreed regular rural carriers volunteering was acceptable.… Read more »