Step 4 Grievance Settlement – Friday/Saturday Rotating Relief Day

The issue in this grievance concerns Friday/Saturday rotating relief days in formula offices. During our discussion, we mutually agreed the following will constitute full and complete settlement of the grievance: Article 9.2.C.5.c. states, “The Employer will not require a single non-Saturday relief day to be assigned to more routes than a Saturday relief day. A … Read more

Step 4 – Separation of Collection Mail

The issue in this grievance concerns the proper handling and disposition of mail collected/accepted on a rural route. Specifically, the issues in the case involved the proper credit for collection mail during mail count when management requires the carriers to make more than two separations, and a management directive that the first two separations should … Read more

Step 4 – Use of Wire Cages for Loading

The issue in this grievance concerns the use of rolling equipment (e.g., wire containers, post cons, etc.) as a conveyance in rural delivery operations. After discussion of this case with the National Board and Legal Counsel we determined that our best course of action on these cases is to pursue each of the individual circumstances … Read more

Step 4 – Unloading-Time to Retrieve Conveyance

The issue in this grievance concerns whether rural carriers should receive additional credit during a mail count for obtaining equipment to unload the vehicle. The parties have defined unloading as the time associated with the removal of empty equipment, supplies and mail from the vehicle upon returning to the office, entering the building and returning … Read more

Step 4 Settlement – (Q15R-4Q-C 18112722) MDD Loading Initiative

The issue in this grievance concerns rural carriers utilizing the load truck feature on the MDD when loading an Employer provided vehicle. After reviewing this matter, we mutually agree that no national interpretive issue is fairly presented in this case. Handbook PO-603, section 223.23, is instructive regarding how rural carriers handle parcels that do not … Read more

Step 4 Settlement – (Q15R-4Q-C 16846401) Amazon Fresh Test

The issue in this grievance concerns the appropriate compensation for rural carriers required to deliver Amazon Fresh totes. The Postal Service began a market test delivering groceries in the San Francisco, California delivery area on August 8, 2014. The test was expanded to additional delivery locations in California on June 30, 2015, and to locations … Read more

Step 4 on Scanning of International Mail Pieces

The issue in this grievance concerned carriers being required to scan ALL International Mail Pieces. This IS the current direction from USPS, but the carriers in this case were only required to scan those pieces beginning with C, R, A, V, E or L during their previous mail count. The “scan all directive” was reversed … Read more

Step 4 on Adjusting Routes to Level Out the Evaluations

The issue in this case involved management adjusting a route that was not overburdened for the stated reason of “leveling out the evaluations of the routes.” The parties agreed that no national interpretive issue is fairly presented in this case. The parties further agree that, though management may provide relief of rural routes as outlined … Read more

Step 4 on Management Accompanying Carrier on Route Inspection

The issue in this grievance concerns whether the postmaster or designee must be accompanied by the rural carrier assigned to the route during a route inspection. After reviewing this matter, we mutually agree that no national interpretive issue is fairly presented in this case. Handbook PO-603, Rural Carrier Duties and Responsibilities, Section 52, defines the … Read more