Welcome to the Wisconsin Rural Letter Carriers Association's official web site.

   WIRLCA Mission Statement
2013-2014 WIRLCA CONSTITUTION
 WHAT TO DO WHEN A MEMBER DIES 
Got Discipline?-Grieve it!
GUIDELINES FOR FILING A GRIEVANCE

Weingarten Rights-What are they?
REPORT ALL ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES NO MATTER HOW SMALL
IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY (PO-603 CHAPT. 173) AND COULD PROTECT YOUR JOB!
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           Classifieds                OIG Reports new added             Documents you can use! new items added
Waste, fraud, tampering or theft? "Who do I call" click here      EEO USPS poster click here

Be a Union Emissary      The importance of Labor movement and Unions      It's not just a "Union" contract
Why are Unions important to America?
What does the Union actually do for ME? VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NON-MEMBERS
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News       updated 7/25/14
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Anyone going to National Convention in Grapevine, TX?
Bus trip info from Minnesota State Board
click here

Wisconsin Breakfast registration click here
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Congratulations to the 2014 Member of the Year winners-
Roger Schewe and Tana Zeich

click here for more info
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50+ year NRLCA members recognized
click here
Do you know someone that has been a member for 50+ years or have an interesting family rural lineage?
email the WIRLCA President

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LAKELAND DISTRICT NEWS
from District Representative Julia Doggett

If you've been up the interstate near Kenosha lately along 294/94, you may have seen a huge construction project.

That will be the Amazon distribution center that will service the hub and spoke offices targeted for Sunday parcel delivery in Lakeland District.

The target date for completion is Oct. 26 2014
The hub offices will be where the packages are dropped off by Amazon for delivery on Sunday, and creating the package delivery routes for it

and other (spoke offices) post offices/zip codes.
 

Rural carriers (RCAs and PTFs) will deliver rural packages, city will deliver city.

for more information contact Julia

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President Dwyer's Letter Published in the Washington Post
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2014 State Convention Pictures
Friday Night PAC Auction and Hospitality
click here
First Timers click here

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

To grieve or not to grieve:

 

The natural inclination is to think about pursuing a grievance only if it looks like it has a

reasonably good chance of coming up a winner.

Why file a grievance in the first place, unless your union is determined to take the case all the way to arbitration

if the employer doesn’t back down?

There may be lots of good reasons for a union to file a grievance that it doesn’t expect to “win.”

There are times when it doesn’t make sense to think about fighting the employer to the death

on a particular action.

It may just not be worth it to arbitrate a relatively minor erosion of existing working conditions,

or what looks like a one-time event.

At the same time, rather than do nothing, a class action grievance could serve to put

the employer on notice that its action has not gone unnoticed,

and that if it tries the same maneuver again, it may well have a serious fight on its hands.


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VICTORY ON CAPITOL HILL!!!!

This morning, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Serrano-Latham amendment

protecting six-day mail delivery. The amendment, which passed by voice vote, saw support from

both sides of the aisle as numerous members rose in support of maintaining 6-day delivery.

Republicans members speaking on behalf of the amendment included Kevin Yoder (Kansas),

Tom Latham (Iowa), and Robert Aderholt (Alabama).

Democratic members who rose to speak in favor of the amendment included Rosa DeLauro (CT),

Marcy Kaptur (OH), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), Adam Schiff (CA), Betty McCollum (MN),

Sam Farr (CA), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL), Barbara Lee (CA), Sanford Bishop (GA),

Chaka Fattah (PA), Bill Owens (NY), and Ed Pastor (AZ).  

The NRLCA thanks all the members who supported this important amendment which has been

included in every Appropriations bill since 1983. 

On June 24, the Senate Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee

approved their FY2015 bill. The language mandating 6-day mail delivery was also included in

the Senate bill.  The full committee will take up the bill shortly, but we do not anticipate

any problems with maintaining the provision. 

 

We would like to thank all of the E-Network members who called their Representatives

urging them to support the Serrano-Latham amendment.


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NEW EMA RATE

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the May 2014 CPI-W Private Transportation Index.

Based on this release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will

increase by 3.0¢ to 75.0¢ per mile.

This EMA rate will be effective July 12, 2014 (Pay Period 16).

Just another one of the benefits that was won by the NRLCA
due to the support of the Dues Paying Membership-isn't it time you joined?

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!!!URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION REQUESTED!!!

Proposal to Eliminate 6-day Delivery to "Pay For" the Highway Trust Fund

Last week, House Leadership announced a proposal to use the elimination of 6-day mail delivery
as a “pay-for” for the Highway Trust Fund.
The NRLCA views this proposal as unacceptable, and opposes the idea.
The U.S. Postal Service, an off-budget agency, should not be used as the piggy bank
to offset the costs of the Highway Trust Fund.
Please click on the link s below to the view the Senate and House opposition letters
the four postal unions sent to Capitol Hill.

Unions letter to Senate             Unions letter to House

The NRLCA is an independent union whose members include over 100,000 full- and part-time rural letter carriers.

Rural carriers deliver mail on 73,461 routes, serving over 40 million customers and driving almost 3.5 million miles each delivery day

in all 50 states, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The average rural route is more than 47 miles long and serves 552 boxes.



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JULY NEWSLETTER
HOT OFF THE PRESSES CLICK HERE

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Contract "cites" explained new page
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ON THE NRLCA WEBSITE
UPDATE ON THE ENGINEERED TIME STUDY 
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USPS CONTRACTS FOR NEW SCANNERS
CLICK HERE

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Internet Security Enhancement for USPS Employee Web self-service Applications
POSTAL BULLETIN INFO
POSTER
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MID-STATES CONFERENCE
was tremendous!
Great attendance by Wisconsin-23 registered WI carriers attended

Hats off to Host State-Minnesota
photos

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Education is empowerment

You need be prepared to make appropriate decisions regarding your workplace life; and be able to do so intelligently. This means taking the time to learn about the contract, the union, and the issues the union is dealing with on behalf of those it represents. If you don’t have a copy of the union contract, get one and look through it, at least enough to get a good idea about what topics are covered. Make a mental note not only of what rights the union is already in a position to protect but also what improvements you’d like to see in the next round of bargaining. Education is empowerment!


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Afraid to "rock the boat"?
Afraid to file a grievance, "I might make my postmaster mad at me or I'll get in trouble"?
Afraid to fight for yourself, "That's what my union dues are for!"

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by

gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

James Madison 4th president of the United States of America and whom the capital of Wisconsin

was named after.

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Check out the "Hot News" on the NRLCA website (www.nrlca.org)
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ATTENTION CARRIERS WITH GOVERNMENT VEHICLES ASSIGNED TO ROUTE!
IF YOU ARE BEING PROHIBITED FROM REFUELING ON A MONDAY OR FRIDAY-CONTACT YOUR ASSIGNED STEWARD IMMEDIATELY!

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2014 Pay Periods and the 2014 Leave Year
click here
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From NRLCA Lakeland District Representative Julia Doggett
List of Lakeland District APO/RMPO office assignments click here

11/8/13-Updated changes to Lakeland District APO/RMPO assignments click here
see information below concerning APO/RMPO and associated MOU
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News from the National Office

!!!NRLCA Form 30 Required for Worker's Compensation Assistance from the National Office!!


If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to a Worker's Compensation issue,

please contact Devin Cassidy, Director of Worker's Compensation.

To receive assistance, you will first need to submit a NRLCA Form 30.

This Form 30 must be received in the National Office before Devin can assist you with your issues.

The Form 30 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE or by contacting Devin 

at the National Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET at 703-684-5545.

Worker's Compensation questions and/or concerns can still be obtained

through Mike Watson Associates at 503-653-2911


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Relief Day Work List-RDWL
Art. 8.5.A-

The relief day work list at each delivery unit shall be established twice during each guarantee period.

Sample Relief Day Work List-click here

 

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New MOU signed concerning POStPlan affect on APO/RMPO
APO-Administrative Post Office
RMPO-Remotely Managed Post Office

VERY Important information concerning Seniority, Matrix, Job Bidding and Additional Duties
click here

More Information available on NRLCA website and will be presented at the National Convention.
Contact your District Representative for more information

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 Interesting Read from "Our State North Carolina" magazine
How the Post Office Delivers Us The World by Sarah Perry
"My Dad delivers the world to people, what does your dad do"?
http://www.ourstate.com/post-office/#.UdM97WojQs0.twitter

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USPS to provide health benefits to qualified non-career employees in 2014 click here
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Thinking about changing Insurance or happy with your current carrier? Call National General (formerly GMAC Insurance) for a simple, risk free quote and help WIRLCA win $$MONEY$$ click here
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Does your office have a local Steward?
Have YOU ever thought of stepping up and being that front-line person?
1)It's easy to hold an election-click here
2)You receive paid training, support and materials.

IN ORDER TO BE CERTIFIED OR IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY A LOCAL STEWARD IT'S IMPORTANT TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE MEETINGS!
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CONTRACT

The following was posted on the NRLCA website in reference to the Interest Arbitration Award that was signed July 3, 2012.

Interest Arbitration Award     Highlights and summary   

2010-2015 Contract click here
Interest Arbitration Decision-Mitigating the Impact of Standards Changes. Information regarding the considerations necessary for route rebuilds-click here
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Steward/District Representative
Contract Questions?
Got Discipline? GRIEVE IT?
Here's the Starting point...
PHONE PROTOCOL (WHO TO CALL) updated 12/28/2013
(see map)
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Also found on "Steward's Page" with other important information
Under the "Stewards Page/Documents You Can Use"-the form "Rural Carrier Request for Action" has been updated. new
NOTE! This is not a grievance form nor does it constitute a grievance being filed! It is to document your notification to management of a particular deficiency. If the deficiency is not corrected then a grievance should be initiated. -Open letter from Northland District Representative Jim Riess regarding "meeting evaluations".
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If you are a regular carrier and without a leave replacement, use this document-check #5, give to your manager and send a copy to your District Representative. It is important to establish the 120 day timeline requiring management to provide a leave replacement through the grievance process. Document, document, document!
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Bidding Info click here
If you are having trouble bidding online for any vacancies in your office, district wide or due to an excessing situation you are required to manually bid using PS Form 1717-a;
1) Contact your manager, per instructions, immediately!
2) Contact your assigned steward, Assistant District Rep. or District Rep. EVEN SOONER!
DO NOT WAIT TO TALK TO SOMEONE!
-ONCE BIDDING CLOSES THERE ARE NO "DO-OVERS".
-MAKE SURE YOU HAVE LISTED ALL YOUR PREFERENCES.
-YOU CAN'T TURN DOWN A ROUTE ONCE IT IS AWARDED
    "YOU BID IT, YOU BOUGHT IT!" 
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Keep an eye on the NRLCA website and sign up for E-Activist alerts for the latest updates on the fight to protect six-day delivery.

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Talking Points concerning 6-day delivery and the United States Postal Service. note! It is against Federal and Postal regulations to propagate any politically charged information while "on duty". Disciplinary actions can be taken up to and including termination of employment.
This information is only provided for "off-duty" conversation.

ELM 663.111 Employees Included

With the exceptions noted in part 663.112, Postal Service employees are subject at all times to restrictions on their participation in political activities under the Hatch Act (5 U.S.C., subchapter III of chapter 73, and 18 U.S.C. 602, 603, and 607) and related regulations.


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