The issue in this grievance concerns compensation for regular rural carriers that are scheduled to work their relief day but are prevented from reporting due to an act of God. Handbook F-21 , Time and Attendance, section 582.3 addresses the appropriate compensation for rural carriers due to an act of God.
The parties agree if a rural carrier reports to work on the relief day, but is not able to complete their normal duties due to an act of God, a full day’s compensation is provided, to include equipment maintenance allowance, if applicable. For example, if a decision is made to curtail mail delivery after the regular rural carrier cases mail for two hours, DACA Code 3 or 5 is recorded on PS Form 1314, as appropriate, and compensation is provided for a full day.
Regular Rural Carriers who are scheduled to work their relief day and are either unable to report, due to an Act of God or contacted by management and instructed not to report due to an Act of God will not be entitled to compensation. However, if the carrier reports to work they are entitled to the appropriate Code 3 or Code 5 for working the relief day and EMA for the day, regardless of the number of hours actually worked on the Act of God day.
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