The upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday for rural carriers

Just wanted to share this excellent information from Mike Shue..  A recently retired rural carrier..  Thanks Mike, as always, you are full of good information.

There are a lot of questions about the upcoming Christmas holiday which this year falls on Sunday. First, when any federal holiday falls on a Sunday, Monday becomes the holiday. Which means, for those with a Monday relief day, Saturday then becomes their designated holiday.

Management has the right to work you on your holiday if they so choose (not required as some think, but it is their option) instead of utilizing the RDWL and many times they do as it comes down to dollars.

A carrier working their designated holiday gets only a regular day’s pay for working said day plus holiday pay, whereas someone on the RDWL will get 150% (if they chose a DACA code 5) but will also get their holiday pay.

However, this is not the case for working the designated Christmas holiday as any regular who works that designated holiday gets 150% plus their holiday pay. So the cost to the PM is exactly the same either way.

Just something you might bring up to your PM if they insist working you, the Monday relief day carrier, on that Saturday because they claim it is cheaper, and you want off that day.

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3 Comments on "The upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday for rural carriers"

  1. Jo Ellen | 10/29/2016 at 7:51 am |

    So this means that we are open on Monday?

  2. No, no. All postal operations will be closed with perhaps the exception of Amazon. Not sure about that. But there will be no mail delivery, window service, mail sorting, etc. It just means if Monday is your relief day, then Saturday becomes your designated holiday, the day you get holiday pay for and won’t work unless they need you.

  3. Monica Cash | 11/24/2016 at 5:52 am |

    If Im a j route and a holiday is on my opposite ns day then I assume the holiday rule does not apply to me?

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