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“The Old North State” 

“Carolina In My Mind” 

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

Steward Appreciation Week    October 16-22, 2017

Alamance District #1  Tuesday October 17, 2017 @ Maria’s Cafe in Burlington  630pm  Suttles/Solomon

Foothills District #10  Tuesday October 17, 2017 @ Sagebrush in Mocksville 600pm  Essick/Reece

Notice has been received in the Passing of Former National President Steven R. Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former National President Steven R. Smith late Sunday evening, October 8, 2017. After returning home to Oklahoma from the 2017 National Convention, Steve had to undergo open heart surgery. With his existing health condition, his body was just not strong enough to recover following the procedure. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Smith family in this time of loss.

The family has planned a celebration of Steve’s life. Additional dates and details will be posted when available.

2017 Fall Booster

Sunday November 12th

Registration begins at 7:30 am

Embassy Suites in Greensboro

The 2017 Open Season (for the 2018 Plan Year) will begin on Monday, November 13, 2017 and run through Monday, December 11, 2017. Read more …

Christmas Period 2017 Read More…

New EMA Rate – Effective September 30, 2017 (Pay Period 21-2017) 

On September 14, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August 2017 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 196.076, a decrease from the May 2017 Index of 196.433. Therefore, based on the August 2017 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will remain unchanged at 68.0¢ per mile.

This EMA rate will be effective September 30, 2017 (Pay Period 21-2017).

The full EMA schedules will be posted on the Rural Carrier EMA Rate Schedule page when available.


Reminder: Rural carriers are only allowed to carry over 55 days of Annual Leave from one Leave Year to the next. (ELM 512.321.a) The 2017 Leave Year ends on January 5, 2018. All Annual Leave days above the 55-day threshold to carry over must be used by January 5, 2018 or those days will be forfeited. If you are having problems getting annual leave requests approved, and feel you may be in danger of having to forfeit leave, please contact your assigned District Representative.

NRLCA-  Cost-of-Living Raises Set for September 2, 2017

Pursuant to the release of the July 2017 Consumer Price Index – Urban Wage and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and in accordance with Article 9.1.E , the third COLA adjustment of the 2015-2018 National Agreement will result in a $270 increase for eligible rural carriers. This COLA adjustment will be effective September 2, 2017, (PP 19-2017). 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 September 22, 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 have been posted here and will be included in a future edition of the National Rural Letter Carrier Magazine.

“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).


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


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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