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 been less than total delivered mail volume in the months of October, which had the highest mail volume for each of the years.

In fact, during October 2004, total delivered mail volume was 5.4 percent higher than in December 2004. Further, mail volume during the month of October, over the last four calendar years consistently exceeded total delivery mail volume during the month of December.

However, overtime hours for the October months were consistently less than overtime hours for the December months. For example, even though volume was 10.49 percent less in December 2008, the Postal Service used over 74,000 overtime hours in that month than in October 2008.

Since mail volume has continued to decline, most rural carriers use less time to deliver mail on their routes than the time established at the completion of the National Rural Mail Count in March 2009. Specifically, as of December, 2009 rural carriers routes were averaging approximately 1 hour less per day to deliver their routes than established at the mail count.

 Finally, our analysis of mail classes showed parcel mail volume as the only class of mail that incurred a noticeable increased during the Christmas mailing season.  Based on the above facts, we concluded carriers could absorb any increase in parcel volume with their regular hours during the Christmas mailing season. Considering these conditions, the Postal Service no longer needs the Christmas overtime hours and the associated pay provision in the NRLCA agreement.

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not to mention they don’t care how much we work in Oct; but threaten you to stay under evaluation in Dec.

Stop complaining about what the USPS is doing to us and start throwing out the National Board that is our Union leadership. Start with Joey Johnson who got us the 43/minute flat rate with the introduction of FSS, which lead to the 43/minute DPS ruling. And let’s pass a rule that prevents a Steward from withdrawing a grievance w/o discussing with the grievant. Let’s keep Jeanette Dwyer who is cutting the splurges at the National Convention which needs to be every other year. And let us stop wasting time and money defending NON Union members who don’t pay for representation.… Read more »

If there is no need for overtime then why bother to remove it from the contract? Reality is that overtime in a definite for Christmas time. Did you notice the “high mail volume” month is October, any one know why? Answer is: because National Mail Count month used to be September and all mailers were requested not to mail during September, but to hold off to October. I am a rural carrier now. I used to work for mail order company in the 80’s, renting out name lists to other mail order companies and we had to make sure that… Read more »

In northern states with snow and ice covered roads, driveways, and sidewalks, there are more slips, trips, and falls. However if we do get injured on the job “good luck” with workers compensation. Last November we were told we were expected to work within our evaluation and we wouldn’t be getting any parcel help. Guess what? Many of us worked over our evaluations while still receiving parcel help. Is it possible that the Postal Service employs too many pencil pushing, paper shuffling, bean counters?

Goes to prove any jerk can be a bean counter. I guess a few less letters and flats equals 10 times the parcel volume. So getting out at every other house with a parcel at Christmas time shouldn’t take any longer? How ignorant of the OIG. Maybe I should tell them how to do their job or maybe they should try to do mine. They wouldn’t last a day.