USPS releases 2020 Christmas Pay Procedures for Rural Carriers

The 2020 Christmas period for rural carriers begins Saturday, December 5, 2020 (Week 1, Pay Period (PP) 26–2020), and ends Friday, December 25, 2020 (Week 1, Pay Period 01-2021). During this period, certain timekeeping and pay rules apply. Timekeepers, including postmasters, supervisors, and other employees responsible for rural carrier time and attendance recording, must become … Read more

Christmas Period starts today. Here are some things to know

Just wanted to put out a few important points for the Christmas OT period which will begin on Saturday December 7th, 2019 and ends on Friday, December 27th, 2019.  Below are a few things you need to know. REGULAR RURAL CARRIERS 1. You will receive OT if you work in excess of the WEEKLY evaluation, … Read more

NRLCA: Christmas Period 2019

The 2019 Christmas period for rural carriers begins Saturday, December 7, 2019 (Week 1, Pay Period 26-2019), and ends Friday, December 27, 2019, (week 1 Pay Period 01-2020). During this period, Article 9.2.K., Christmas Allowances and Procedures, of the 2018-2021 USPS/National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) Agreement* will apply. This document contains the explanations and … Read more

ARC Expansion – 2019 Peak Season

The U.S. Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) have signed the attached memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the expanded use of assistant rural carriers (ARCs) during the 2019 Peak Season. During the period beginning Monday, November 4, 2019, through Friday, January 17, 2020, ARCS may be scheduled to work on non-holiday … Read more

New MOU Allowing Sunday Work for Regular Carriers During 2018 Peak Season

SUBJECT: Sunday Work for Regular Rural Carriers   The U.S. Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association have signed the attached memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow regular rural carriers to volunteer to work on the following four (4) Sundays: December 2, December 9, December 16, and December 23, 2018. These volunteer regular … Read more

USPS and NRLCA Sign MOU Expanding Use of ARCs During 2018 Peak Season

Due to the anticipated increase in package volume for the 2018 holiday season, the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association have agreed to expand the use of assistant rural carriers (ARCs). For the period beginning Monday, November 19, 2018, and continuing through Friday, January 12, 2019, ARCs may be scheduled, … Read more

Christmas Pay Procedures for Rural Carriers

The 2018 Christmas period for rural carriers begins Saturday, December 1, 2018 (Week 2, Pay Period (PP) 25–2018), and ends Friday, December 21, 2018 (end of Pay Period 26-2018). During this period, certain timekeeping and pay rules apply. Timekeepers, including postmasters, supervisors, and other employees responsible for rural carrier time and attendance recording, must become … Read more

No, ALL RCAs do not get paid hourly during the Christmas period

I keep hearing from RCAs that say they are being told by their Postmaster/Supervisor that all RCAs get paid hourly instead of evaluated during the Christmas period. This is NOT correct. Only RCAs that are designation 79 will get paid hourly during the Christmas period.   Most rural carriers hired after 1987 are Designation 78 … Read more

Throwback – In 2010, the OIG recommended eliminating the NRLCA Christmas overtime pay for rural carriers

Our analyses revealed that the Christmas overtime hours are no longer necessary to ensure timely delivery of mail for the following reasons:  Christmas mail volume no longer supports the need for overtime and the associated NRLCA agreement supplemental Christmas overtime pay provision. Specifically, for five consecutive years, the December total delivered mail volume has … Read more

Rural Carriers Alert: Start time changes during Christmas OT period

Subject: Start times I have had several questions relating to the changing of start times due to management attempting to avoid Xmas overtime on the front side of the week. These will need to be grieved on an individual basis, appealed to step 2 to get a GATS # assigned and held in abeyance pending the … Read more