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                                UPDATED January 16, 2012

BREAKING NEWS !!!

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New EMA Rate

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November 2011 CPI-W Private Transportation Index. Based on this release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will decrease by 2.0¢ to 70.0¢ per mile.

Therefore, in accordance with the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.3 of the USPS/NRLCA National Agreement, effective December 31, 2011 (Pay Period 02-12), the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) will decrease from 72.0 cents per mile to 70.0 cents per mile, or a minimum of $28.00 per day, whichever is greater.

Auxiliary Rural Carriers, Rural Carrier Reliefs, Rural Carrier Associates, Rural Carrier Part-Time Flexibles, and Auxiliary Assistance.

Employees providing auxiliary assistance or serving auxiliary routes under the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.5, will receive EMA of 70.0 cents per mile or $7.60 per hour, whichever is greater. The EMA will not exceed the amount provided in the special EMA chart for route stops and miles.

Please click here to view the latest EMA chart.

 


VARLCA State Convention Info

 

EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE (EMA)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the February 2007 CPI-W Private Transportation Index. Based on this release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will remain unchanged at 48.0 cents per mile.

Current EMA Chart

 

 

CONTRACT REJECTED

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2007

National Officers and fellow rural carriers, as is required by Article XIV, Section 3, of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association Constitution and Bylaws this is the official report of the ratification committee for the 2007 proposed National Agreement between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carrier’s Association.

Through the entire ratification process each member of this committee fully realized the importance of their task. All functions of the process were carried out with diligence and adherence to Federal Law as well as the provisions set forth in NRLCA Constitution and Bylaws. At no time during this entire assignment was the integrity of any person’s right to privacy jeopardized. All members participated equally at each step of the certification process. Decisions were made impartially and in keeping with the democratic process.

Our first function was to obtain the ballots from the designated post office. All committee were present at the time of acceptance. We were given an opportunity to view the PO Box area and its surroundings. A final sweep of any undeliverable ballots was made by the committee chair and the PO Box was inspected by a committee member. Each member of the committee signed for and accepted the mailed ballots. All ballots were loaded and transported to the counting area at our National Office. No person other than a committee member participated in any loading or unloading function. From the time the ballots entered the counting area no person outside of the committee had public access to the counting room. Observers were limited to members of the National Board, approved staff, NRLCA Legal Counsel, and outside vendors who were retained to provide certain services/and or equipment necessary to complete the ratification process. The door to the counting area was locked and all information was secured any time the committee members left the room. No person other than the chair was in possession of a key.

The committee began the duties associated with the ratification process on Monday January 30, 2007. All functions were completed Sunday February 4, 2007. The following constitutes the information compiled from the certification of the ballots.

On January 11, 2007 Eighty Six Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty Three, (86,453) ballots were mailed to all members in good standing.

Seventy-Eight (78) ballots were returned by the USPS as UAA/UTF (undeliverable as addressed/unable to forward). Thirteen (13) ballots were determined to be invalid and are not included in any count total.

Thirty Two Thousand Nine Hundred and Forty Five, (32,945) ballots were processed.

NOTE: To further assure that every effort was made to present an accurate accounting of the voice of the membership a recount of the ballots was conducted.

The results are:

IN FAVOR OF RATIFICATION: 15,927

OPPOSED TO RATIFICATION: 16,932

VOID: 86

TOTAL BALLOTS: 32,945

The National Board will be contacting USPS Headquarters immediately in order to share the results of the ratification vote. Thereafter, the parties will discuss next steps, and the National Board will keep the membership apprised of important developments as they happen.

Click here to view the tabulation of the vote for each state.  (Acrobat Reader Required)


February 4, 2007 4:10 p.m.

WEBSITE WOES

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please email me directly at deb.atwell@ gmail.com .

- Debbie Atwell, webmaster

 

2002 NATIONAL MAIL COUNT GRIEVANCES

On the afternoon of May 18, 2006, the NRLCA received a very favorable arbitration award regarding the 2002 national mail count. The National Board and NRLCA General Counsel's office are in the process of fully reviewing and analyzing the award issued by National Arbitrator Dana Eischen.

Please click here to see the Arbitration Award (Acrobat Reader Required)

Carriers May Be Required To Deviate

To Deliver Express Mail

By letter dated January 12, 2006, the Postal Service served final notice in accordance with Article 19 of the USPS/NRLCA National Agreement that it intended to effectuate revisions to Sections 313 and 340 of Handbook PO-603, Rural Carrier Duties and Responsibilities. The revisions are effective with the announcement of the changes in the February 2, 2006 Postal Bulletin.

Although several discussions were held after the NRLCA was initially notified of the proposed changes to Handbook PO-603, the parties were not able to reach agreement with respect to the compensation for rural carriers who may now be required to deviate from the line of travel to deliver Express Mail. Therefore, pursuant to Article 19.3 of the National Agreement, the NRLCA has appealed the issue to national arbitration.

Please click here to see the revised language in the PO-603 (Acrobat Reader Required)

OWPC

"The NRLCA/VARLCA does not provide representation for OWCP claims and recommends referring OWCP questions to Mike Watson and Associates, an Oregon firm that specializes in OWCP. Their phone number is 503-653-2911."

RETIREMENT PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

On August 16, 2005, NRLCA President, Donnie Pitts, filed a National Level Step 4 grievance regarding the USPS policy that requires employees, in all but three states, to submit detailed medical documentation certifying their fitness for duty before they are permitted to return to work from a FMLA-protected absence.

A copy of the Step 4 grievance will also be published in a future edition of The National Rural Letter Carrier.

Click here to view National Level Step 4 Grievance (Acrobat Reader Required)

PRE-ARBITRATION SETTLEMENTS

Click here to view: Settlement of Second Trip (Bear, DE C95R-4C-C 9802318)(Acrobat Reader Required)

Click here to view: Appropriate Compensation (Washington, DC Q95R-4Q-C 99245966)(Acrobat Reader Required)

Click here to view: Utilization of a TRC (Willis, TX G00R-4Q-C 02139495)(Acrobat Reader Required)

LiteBlue:

The Home Version of the Postal Intranet

Introducing the postal intranet you can connect with anytime, anywhere.  As its name implies, LiteBlue is a lighter version of the postal intranet that you access at work.  LiteBlue lets you connect with two areas of the bigger Blue — “My Home” and “My Life” — plus, coming soon, PostalEASE, under “My Life.” LiteBlue lets you read USPS News Link and other organization-wide communications. Check out employee deals. Peruse internal job openings. Look at benefits and money management tools and a list of USPS healthcare providers and plans.

How can you access LiteBlue? Simply type into your address bar liteblue.usps.gov/. Then enter your employee ID number and your USPS PIN. If you’ve got a home computer and Internet, log on whenever you like.

 CARRIER PICK-UP MOU

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        GOOD NEWS!!

The Bloch Award has upheld the union position that any drop in the ratio of DPS mail since the last mail count is not acceptable.  We have all experienced the high percentage of DPS during mail count, only to have the DPS volume drop and raw mail volume increase almost immediately after mail count.  The USPS tried to advance the notion that a 10% variance was acceptable.  Our Union represented us well and did not back down from their position.  You can read the award by clicking on the link below. 

                              BLOCH AWARD concerning DPS percentage variance

                              Watch for additional information as it becomes available.

National Level Step 4 Filed on Upside-Down Mail Pieces in DPS

On February 26, 2004, NRLCA President, Dale A. Holton filed a National Level Step 4 grievance over the upside-down mail pieces in the DPS mail stream. Several attempts were made to resolve this issue with the postal service. Unfortunately, these attempts failed, and President Holton was left with no alternative but to initiate a National Level Step 4 grievance.

Click here to view Step 4 grievance  (Acrobat Reader Required)

Information on the Employee Identification Number

Click here to read the letter from the US Postal Service (Acrobat Reader Required)

MOU SIGNED CONCERNING SPECIAL MAIL COUNTS
Click here to download MOU
(Acrobat Reader Required)

To report fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement call

Office of Inspector General at

1-888-USPS-OIG (1-888-877-7644)

Postal Employee Discounts

NATIONAL ARBITRATION
ARTICLE 16.6, REVIEW AND CONCURRENCE

AWARD OF THE NATIONAL ARBITRATOR
CASE # E95R-4E-D 01027978

Click here to download entire award (Acrobat Reader Required)
This is a large (1.2M) file. Download time may be substantial depending on the speed of your connection.

LATEST PAC NUMBERS !!
CLICK HERE....

CARRIERS WORKING OFF THE CLOCK ??

CLICK HERE FOR GUIDANCE

2000-2004 NRLCA/USPS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

Click here to download (Acrobat Reader Required)

NOTE: This is a large file (268K) and may take some time to download depending on the speed of your connection

EL-902

2002 - 2004

The EL-902 is what we commonly refer to as "The Contract". 

 

READ THE DISCLAIMER

 

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF ACTIVE CARRIER'S DEATH

SF 2800 - APPLICATION FOR DEATH BENEFITS

LINK TO OPM ~ ELECTRONIC CLAIMS PROCESSING

LINK TO OPM ~ ELECTRONIC CLAIMS PROCESSING ~ RETIREE

 

VIRGINIA STATE LAW CONCERNING MAIL SIGNS FOR RURAL CARRIER VEHICLES

DOCUMENT....DOCUMENT.....DOCUMENT !!!

Whether you can control a situation or not,

YOU CAN CONTROL HOW YOU REACT TO IT !!!! 

Remain calm !! 

Know your rights and take responsibility for yourself. 

This starts with documentation.   

TRANSFORMATION PLAN

Watch or listen to Potter's speech here:  http://www.connectlive.com/events/usps/

 

Read about it here:

Transformation Plan Text

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