NRLCA – Assistant Rural Carriers (ARC) MOU 13 and Implementation Guidelines

Due to the continued increase in parcel volumes throughout the country, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) have agreed to modify Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 13 of the 2018-2021 USPS-NRLCA National Agreement and the corresponding Assistant Rural Carriers (ARC) Implementation Guidelines cited in the MOU. These modifications/updates have been … Read more

NRLCA and USPS sign MOU on Temporary Paid Leave for Rural Carrier Associates

Today, President Stutts signed an MOU temporarily granting paid leave to RCAs during the COVID-19 crisis. The MOU does not apply to Assistant Rural Carriers (ARCs). For the 60-day duration of this Memorandum of Understanding, rural carrier associates (RCAs) will be permitted to use up to eighty (80) hours of paid leave in conjunction with … Read more

This is rural relief carrier appreciation week.

The delegates at the 114th National Convention in Grand Rapids, MI passed a binding resolution stating, “That a week during the year be designated as Relief Carrier Appreciation Week.” The NRLCA National Board has designated the first full week in February as “Relief Carrier Appreciation Week.” We ask that you join us in showing our … Read more

Rural Carrier academy Update 10/28/2019

The USPS HQ Learning and Development has notified the field that the revised Rural Academy curriculum and associated materials are available for use and are to be implemented no later than November 1, 2019. Standard Training for Rural Carriers has been updated. Included updates: Material has been organized to allow for added hands-on practice and … Read more

Non-Career Health Benefits Special Enrollment–Deadline Applies

Non-Career NRLCA covered employees are eligible to enroll in or change enrollment in the USPS Health Benefits (USPSHB) Plan during the Special Enrollment Period. Assistant Rural Carriers (ARC) are not eligible to participate in the USPSHB Plan. There is a deadline to make this decision. The negotiated change in premiums for the USPSHB Plan reduces your … Read more

Kilmer, Cole Introduce the “Federal Retirement Fairness Act” that would allow rural carriers to buy back RCA time

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced the Federal Retirement Fairness Act. This bill ensures that federal employees who started their careers as temporary workers – meaning they did not have the ability to make retirement contributions – are granted the opportunity to make catch-up retirement contributions so that … Read more

Rural Relief Carrier Appreciation Week

The delegates at the 114th National Convention in Grand Rapids, MI passed a binding resolution stating, “That a week during the year be designated as Relief Carrier Appreciation Week.” The NRLCA National Board has designated the first full week in February (2/2-2/8) as “Relief Carrier Appreciation Week.” We ask that you join us in showing … Read more

Step 4 on Scheduling PTF Rural Carriers on Their String Routes

The issue in this grievance is the scheduling of PTF Rural Carriers on their “String” routes. Local management took the position that they could schedule a PTF on any route and bypass the PTF for work on one of their string routes provided the PTF was provided with work equal to the total evaluated hours … 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

COLA Roll-in For Table Three RCAs/RCRs

In accordance with Article 9.1.F, roll-in of existing COLA for RCA/RCR employees on the rolls prior to August 11, 2012 will be implemented on August 4, 2018 (PP 17-2018). The roll-in amount, ($1144) is the amount equal to the COLA paid to full-time rural carriers under the 2015 Agreement. Straight-time hourly rates will increase by … Read more

Step 4 Settlement on Bypassing RCAs to Avoid Overtime

This case involves management bypassing an RCA to work on a route that is not the primary assignment when scheduling day-to-day to avoid paying overtime. The parties agree Pre-arbitration settlement, G00R-4Q-C 02139495 (M-84 in the Quick Reference Guide) from Willis, TX, addresses the entitlements of overtime when scheduled to your primary assignment on a day-to-day … Read more

Health Insurance Options for Rural Carrier Associates (RCA)

There are some options for RCAs when it comes to health insurance with the USPS. Keep in mind, I do not know anything about the plans personally. I am just showing you the options you have and providing some links for you to find more information. You will have to do some research on what … Read more

Letter to the Union from over worked and P’d Off RCA »

To the NRLCA, Recently, the plan for Amazon Sunday deliveries was put into effect by the USPS. The plan is to have “main” offices as the Hub for these deliveries, not just to that office’s city and rural areas, but also to surrounding areas. This in essence committed “substitute” carriers/RCAs, in that specific office, to … Read more

Solving the Rural Carrier Relief Identity Crisis

I wanted to help clear the fog on all of the rural carrier relief designations and titles. Most of today’s rural carrier relief carriers fall under one of these four designations Rural Carrier Associates (RCAs)—(Designation Code 78) – Rural carrier associates are those employees hired from a register or reassigned from rural carrier relief or … Read more