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“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”Benjamin Franklin


2017 NC National Delegates list

2017 National Convention

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

    201 Waterfront Street  National Harbor,  Maryland  20745

National Harbor, MD

August 15-18, 2017

2017 National Convention Schedule of Events

Management is telling me I HAVE TO MAKE MY LEAVING TIME!

→DPS to the Street – Bob West’s explanation

→NJSC Minutes – DPS to the Street

→Step 4 DPS to the Street – Joey Johnson

USPS- “Hurry up and get out.”  

NRLCA-“First and foremost we are instructing all rural carriers that they are to work SAFELY and should not be pressured to work in a manner that places their wellbeing or life at risk”

If you are being pressured or Bullied by management, Please contact your- Local, Area, ADR or DR immediately.

Current Issues…

Adequate Size Vehicle  (Large enough to accommodate NORMAL mail volume)

Using a Pick up Truck for Delivery  (Mail must be Secured if out of sight)

DACA 5 Charts (2080 & 2240 issues)

New EMA Rate – Effective July 8, 2017 (Pay Period 15-2017)

On June 14, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the May 2017 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 196.433, an increase from the February 2017 Index of 193.388. Therefore, based on the may 2017 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will increase by 1.0¢ to 68¢ per mile.
This EMA rate will be effective July 8, 2017 (Pay Period 15-2017).
The full EMA schedules will be posted on the Rural Carrier EMA Rate Schedule<https://www.nrlca.org/Content/RuralCarrierRateEMASchedule> page when available.

NRLCA- Cost-of-Living Raises Set for March 4, 2017

Pursuant to the release of the January 2017 Consumer Price Index – Urban Wage and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and in accordance with Article 9.1.E , the second COLA adjustment of the 2015-2018 National Agreement will result in a $333 increase for eligible rural carriers. This COLA adjustment will be effective March 4, 2017, (PP 06-2017). All COLA adjustments are based on a 40-hour evaluation with proportional application to those route evaluations over 40 hours. The increase will appear in paychecks dated March 24, 2017.

NOTE: For RCA/RCR employees on rolls prior to August 11, 2012, an amount equal to the COLA paid to full-time rural carriers on an hourly basis under the 2015-2018 Agreement will be rolled into RCA/RCR hourly rates during the first full pay period of August 2018. In lieu of COLA, the hourly rate for RCAs hired on or after August 11, 2012, shall include additional increases of 1.0% effective November 14, 2015; 1.0% effective November 26, 2016; and 1.0% effective November 25, 2017.

Updated pay schedules will be posted at www.nrlca.org and included in a future edition of the National Rural Letter Carrier Magazine as soon as they are available.

“A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation” unknown

  • Filing a Grievance (Instructions and PS form 8191)   CALL YOUR REP. FIRST 

  • If you do not file properly and send the (after Management dates and initials 3b & answers 3c) grievance form (PS Form 8191) to your assigned Local, Area, ADR or DR you have not filed the grievance!  NEVER leave a grievance form with management when you discuss the issue.  Remember, your rep. only has 10 days to set-up a Step 1 Meeting with management to hear your grievance once you have filed it (date in 3b).



 You have no voice in deciding the future of The Rural Craft? 

Please do your part, pay for the benefits you are already receiving, pay for your right to vote for or against the Tentative Contract and join today. Your dues provide the NRLCA the necessary funds to be a successful bargaining unit.
 Don’t believe it?   Why don’t you just try bargaining one on one with the USPS and see what rights you have without the NRLCA.
The last time we went to Arbitration the arbitrator decided:
  1. Newly hired RCAs would receive a reduced hourly rate of the current $16.65
  2. Routes with an LLV received a reduced standard for automated mail (DPS,FSS)
  3. The rural mail count for 2016 would be a 2 week period in the middle of March
If everyone decided to be a non-member like you, all rural carriers would be fortunate to earn minimum wage. Without the NRLCA there would be no paid vacation, no sick leave, no seniority rights, no pensions, no health insurance plans,  no time and one half for overtime, no unemployment benefits and no job security.
Is that what you really want?  Join today and PAY YOUR OWN WAY!
Remember, The USPS is the employer and we are the employee!  We do not always get what we want and most of the time we discover that what we thought we wanted was not good for us in the first place.
The NRLCA National Board wants what is best for ALL of us and  has worked diligently to provide a Contract, so that we can maintain a decent living in such trying economic times.  
There is strength in numbers and we will welcome you as a new member who can recognize the benefit of being a member. What a small price to pay for such good benefits.  
Did you say you can’t afford to pay your dues?  
You need a better paying job?  
We challenge you to find one better than ours in today’s world.
ALSO, for a limited time, the first three months of membership are FREE!


Updated Service Performance Measurement

Click> EVENTS on The NEW Calendar Page< 




RCA postcards seeking applicants

RCA postcards seeking applicants



NOTE: You can only apply when the office you wish to apply for is posted * (check usps.com at least twice weekly) * Some offices are only posted for as little as 5 or 6 days

See JOBS page


DACA 5 Charts (2080 & 2240 issues)

Distracted Driving??? Do NOT Let “them” cause you to be unsafe!


Rural Routes with USPS Vehicle assigned READ THIS & Share it with Management

 Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat stays mail carriers, part time or notJeanette

Filing a Grievance (Instructions and PS form 8191)

eCareer Job search tool simplified 



WAKE UP RURAL CARRIER NON-MEMBERS!  In the dark?  Not getting ALL of the info you need??? Can’t attend Mail Count Training because you are not a dues paying member?

Go to NRLCA.org and see how much you can get for free. If you are not paying for something you are receiving, what are you really doing?

Some new and better things are coming to the Rural Craft real soon. Too bad you can’t have access to the NRLCA website because you aren’t paying your own way. Please do your part, pay for the benefits you are already receiving and join today. It’s easy. Just fill out an 1187 and hold your head high, be proud you are supporting THE ONLY UNION that SUPPORTS, EDUCATES and DEFENDS YOU and YOUR RIGHTS! 

ALSO, for a limited time, the first three months of membership are FREE!

Please don’t say “I can’t afford it”. 

You can’t afford not to be a member.



USPS National Emergency Hotline # 

1 (888) 363-7462

Enter first 3 digits of your office zip code to get information on reporting to work in Bad Weather


Proposed Obama Budget, WRONG On Postal Service – President Dwyer, NRLCA  –  “RCAs are not expendable.”
“Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for the protection of six-day mail delivery. The NRLCA and its members urge President Obama and his administration to support the U.S. Postal Service and abandon its insistence on slashing and eliminating service.”
 Postal Unions Jointly Oppose Senate Legislation
Four postal unions express ‘strong opposition’ to Senate bill


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Are YOU a Rural Craft Employee and a Non-Member?   You need to join for the benefits that the NRLCA has bargained for on YOUR behalf. Do your part…

Go to the “Membership Application” page and fill out the application,

print it, sign and date it and mail it to:


424 Wapiti Drive
Spring Lake, NC 28390-1562

Phone 910-497-5306


If you choose not to be a member, print this card and carry it at all times:













How to apply for a USPS Rural Relief Carrier Employee position

NOTE: Rural Carrier Associates are hired to relieve Regular Rural Carriers. Current starting salary is $16.66 per hour.

Click USPS.com  Select State ONLY and then click Start.  All positions available will be displayed for that state. 

Check back at least once a week, as some postings will only be open for a limited amount of time.  

You MUST apply while the position is open.


“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

A Rural Letter Carrier Is a “Post Office on Wheels”

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