The Future of the Rural Carrier – Carriers’ View – NRLCA and the Revolution Part 2

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’
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The Future of the Rural Carrier – Carriers’ View – NRLCA and the Revolution Part 2 EIE

This is how I see it! Enough is Enough

I guess the question now is “What can we do?” Bring spread out as rural carriers are, we need to do our best to bring pressure on the union to treat us fairly, not like they are doing us a favor. These items below are first steps and maybe they will help:

1. Write a letter – I am not a big letter writer but this is the first step that we must all take. We need to let the highest level of the union know that enough is enough. Write a letter! I don’t care if it is only one sentence; make it a good sentence. Show them your feelings and any solutions you may have that would benefit our carrier brothers and sisters. Very important, sign the letter with your name and the post office (city, state, zip) where you work. In this way they can’t dismiss the letters to be from anonymous sources, but see us as individuals with true grievances. The address is NRLCA 1630 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3465. You can send the letter to the president Jeannette Dwyer and while you’re at it, how about one to the vice-president Ronnie Stutts.
2. You may have count or contract meetings coming up. Wait until the end of the meeting; we don’t want to interrupt the information that is given. Get up, thank the presenters for their time and information and then let the local people know that there is a problem with the upper management of the union and many people feel that they are being ignored. There are not many opportunities for people to voice their dissatisfaction face to face and you would like them to pass the word on to those at the top that enough is enough.
3. Ruralinfo is that meeting place that allows us all to come together and exchange our ideas and views. We need to increase the membership of Ruralinfo so that more carriers can see that they are not alone and there are others that feel as they do. Print out a piece of paper that gives non-members of Ruralinfo a reason for joining the site and give it to all the carriers in your office.

Besides http://www. ruralinfo.net , you may also want to list http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/main.asp?webtag=ruralcarriers and
http://www.postalemployeenetwork.com/forums.htm as sites of interest. The more the merrier.
4. Keep posting and blogging on these sites. Keep up the pressure on the union that they feel the heat and may come to their senses and remember their responsibilities to the people who support the union with their money.
5. I am not telling you to leave the union. It would get their attention if many people leave, but it would also weaken the union’s ability to function and that would affect us all. You are an adult and you can make your own decision. But if you think you may decide to leave, you can only do it during a short window and the process is a little tedious, so start planning now in case resignation is your choice.

These are a few things that rural carriers can try. I always say that if all you can do is to throw spitballs, then throw as many as you can. If anyone has other suggestions, please put them in the comment section so that we all may take advantage of your input.

Hopefully, the NRLCA will wake up before step 5 is necessary.

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Sandy Schurfeld Holt

How do we find out our sign up date? I know that’s the only time we can withdrawal is our anniversary?

Nancy Garrett

What would really get their attention is for the union paying members to bring a lawsuit against the union for taking money without representing their members and working hand in hand with the post office to screw them

Nancy Garrett

What would really get their attention is for the union paying members to bring a lawsuit against the union for taking money without representing their members and working hand in hand with the post office to screw them

Helen Orr Traynham

How do we get out?

Colleen Daves

The future of Rural carrier lies in Carriers contacting The Labor Department!!! The only way to stop the altering of mail flow during a count is to get the US labor department involved..what the Post Office is doing is illegal and has to be stop..CALL THE LABOR DEPARTMEMT AND DEMAND A INVESTIGATION INTO THE PRACTICE of Hiding, interrupting and Stacking mail in DPS/FSS that don’t belong in them ..The labor Department can do what the UNION WONT AND CANT DO, bring the PO to its knees..

Shannon Malone-Luke

I agree with this. We are being failed by the union and it’s time we stand together and make them represent us with the money we pay them instead of using it for lavish vacations. I’ve had a grievance filed for 3 years now and I’m finally full time but still have not got retro back to the date it should have been. There are several others dealing with this same issue and nothing is being done. I have thought about consulting an attorney myself.

Carrier that has been around

What, pray tell, is this “dissatisfaction” you speak of? That we don’t get what we want in contract NEGOTIATIONS or binding THIRD PARTY ARBITRATION? Neither are completely in our control, and the leverage the postal service has had in the last decade due to the recession has been enormous. Even arbitrators used the financial situation of the usps against us. This is not our union’s fault, nor us as carriers. This is modern corporate warfare that has attacked every corporation or even branch of governement in the world. To not see that and understand it is nonsensical and blind. Angry… Read more »

Priscilla Leigh Jordan

Agreed!

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Teresa Vogelgesang

Call HR. They will tell you your anniversary date and the window to mail your exit form to the union. I did. I’ve had enough of the bull#$^/.

Teresa Vogelgesang

And they mail you the forms also.

Teresa Vogelgesang

I agree with you Colleen Daves. We’ve had a carrier called the labor department because of a back pay issue. The union didn’t do a damn thing to help. He got his back pay real quick.

Sabrina Nicholas

Can I love this!

Teresa Vogelgesang

Call HR. They will tell you your anniversary date and the forms to mail.

Sandy Schurfeld Holt

I’m afraid this count is going to kill me! I’m on a aux route the dates stink and they want to agree to no count for the next year so how I be stuck with it!!??

Judy Revell

I could not agree with you more. My spit ball is that all regular carriers pay equal dues and not different amounts state to state. I could not get a good answer when I questioned this practice except it may be our state has more grievances. Make the union police their stewards. It is rare but there are bad stewards out there. Mine got 3 to quit the union in our office. It is a problem. The union should fight for line of travel including going to the box and not just down the road. I have 2 miles unaccounted… Read more »

Sandy Schurfeld Holt

Thank you!

Michael Shipman

This would make sense if the other unions were as weak as ours. It doesn’t and I dare you to look at how the NALC takes care of its own.

Angie Hutchings

i asked my union person how to get out of union last year he said retire or die

Todd Hoffarth

So you’re saying a 2 week count during the lowest volume part of the year is fair? This was a great job when I started. It sure isn’t what it used to be. And we have our paycheck a lightened at every angle. Deferred cola, increases in insurance. For every step forward there are 2 or 3 steps backward. What other job can you think of that no matter how good you are and well you perform, you wil most likely make less money every year you count mail? Only because they have rigged the game. They have the data,… Read more »

Ruralinfo.net

Because he actually added the comment on the site, not on FB

Helen Orr Traynham

I didn’t sigh up when I started it was later. Will they still tell me?

Robert N Meyers

You need to know the date you signed up for dues withdrawal. “Anniversary date” This is in your personal file. I think it’s also available from HRSC. May be available via liteblue / postalease. This date provides a 10 day window. Filled in forms need to be received 10 days before your anniversary date. Mail the forms certified! Get them ready! Send them out 20 days prior to date you signed up.

Follow this link.
https://about.usps.com/manuals/elm/html/elmc9_007.htm

BTW, The association doesn’t want you to know this!

Timothy Cox

The RCA’s need to form a different Union. We are being negotiated for without proper presentation. The union cares only about the regulars.

David Dobson

go to liteblue and look in your employee file. It has everything that is in you file from the day you filled out your application.

Forrest Bailey

We had many of the big shots from the union in our office last week. Came all the way from VA to Humble, Tx to address our concerns. Why because we collectively spoke up. Wrote letters and documented mistreatment. That is something not easily done I will agree most employees are to empathetic or have already given up hope they will not file grievances or document things. Does that mean the Union is perfect not at all! But sometimes you have to give them something to work with and sometimes you might even have to get involved to change things… Read more »

Kurt Kreiger

What would really REALLY get their attention is if members actually showed up to meetings, state and local conventions, actually researched the people running for state officers, members and delegates, got off their lazy a$$e$ and take more of a part in the union, rather than use an excuse to not participate……..just sayin

Nancy Garrett

Sabrina Nicholas yes you can

Nancy Garrett

Sabrina Nicholas yes you can

Daniel

Where is it under liteblue? I cant find it.

cool_dad@hotmail.com

Your comment makes sense. Enjoy while it lasts.

Kevin

I agree Timothy, enough is enough!