Welcome to the Wisconsin Rural Letter Carriers Association's official web site.
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   WIRLCA Mission Statement
2014-2015 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!

If you have moved, in addition to notifying the USPS of your new address, if you wish to continue to receive

Union related material to the new address, you need to notify the membership department with the NRLCA.

You can do so by sending the request to update your address by mailing or faxing a letter requesting the change to the department.

Their fax number is 703-518-0637 or you could mail it to the following address:

 

National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association

Attn: Membership Department

1630 Duke Street, 4th FL

Alexandria, VA 22314
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Officers   updated 10/28/15 Stewards Page Updated 9/27/15

Auxiliary/Juniors 

 updated 12/6/15

Coming Events

County Unit Info Newsletter  
Legislative/PAC Wages/Salary/Financial

OIG Reports new added 

Classifieds  Documents you can use! Useful Website Links
Lakeland District News

Rural Carrier History new section

Check out the additions to the 50 year members below

Northland District News
Waste, fraud, tampering or theft? "Who do I call" 2016 pay dates/leave year new EEO USPS poster


Postal Employee Relief Fund website.
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Why are Unions important to America?
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NON-MEMBERS AND MEMBERS
Be a Union Emissary      The importance of Labor movement and Unions     
It's not just a "Union" contract    What does the Union actually do for ME?


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News       updated 2/12/16
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VERY IMPORTANT NEWS ON THE NRLCA WEBSITE!!!!

 

NRLCA AND USPS REACH TENTATIVE THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT THIS INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ON THE NRLCA WEB-SITE.

The Wisconsin meeting will be held at the

Ramada Inn Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca, Wisconsin

MARCH 12, 2016

Beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding at approximately 9 p.m.

This will be YOUR opportunity to hear National Officer Dennis Conley explain the details, for you to ask questions and for YOU to make an informed decision when it is time to vote.

THIS IS WHAT YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS ABOUT!

YOUR VOTE!

 

A block of hotel rooms are being held for our group until 2/29/2016 (end of business).

Rooms are available for $82 per night (plus taxes). The hotel has a pool and restaurant available.

Please call 715-258-9212 to reserve your room today.

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Legislative News

ANTI-LABOR LEGISLATION THAT COULD HAVE DEVASTATING EFFECTS ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TO LET THEM YOU KNOW YOU DISAGREE WITH THIS BILL

WISCONSIN'S OWN GLEN GROTHMAN (R-06) IS ON THIS COMMITTEE

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) Introduces Anti-Labor Union Legislation

 

On February 4, Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) introduced legislation that would prohibit agencies from deducting labor union dues from federal employees’ paychecks. The bill, H.R. 4461, would prohibit federal agencies such as the United States Postal Service, the Postal Regulatory Commission, and other agencies within the executive, legislative, and judicial agencies from deducting dues from the salaries of employees. It would require the unions to actively hand collect their dues from the membership. The bill also attacks unions by requiring a majority of all employees vote in favor of joining a union, rather than just a majority of the members who vote. Any employee that does not vote would count as a “no” vote towards union representation. H.R. 4461 also attempts to restrict the use of union dues for purposes other than collective bargaining by requiring the unions to receive permission from each member.

Earlier, Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) introduced another anti-labor union bill, H.R. 4392, by requiring the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of “Official Time” by federal employees.

H.R. 4461 currently has 30 co-sponsors, and was referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.


1/25/16
Are you a member? Do you have a sideline business that deals with rural carrier products and would like to set up a table at State Convention?
Click here for the vendor application


1/11/16
see "Coming Events" for more details
MID-STATES CONFERENCE-April 29-May 1, 2016 in Lincoln Nebraska

2016 WIRLCA State Convention details-click here

2016 Mail count training schedule-click here
Bring your Jan-Feb 2016 issue of the NRLCA National magazine that contains the current mail count guide-no copies will be available at the trainings.


1/6/16
Spring Conference at the Voyageur Inn in Reedsburg-March 5-6, 2016
Sat. March 5-Mailcount training starting at 1 PM
note change in start time
Sun. March 6-Tenative guest speaker(s), Open Q&A with WIRLCA Board and District Stewards

1/4/16
EMA to drop 4 cents effective Jan. 9, 2016

12/16/15

It has come to my attention that management in the USPS is ‘looking’ the RIMS reports (the tracking that is done because of the technology now in the scanners); the issue that was mentioned to me is how much longer some carriers are taking to deliver parcels now as opposed to a month or two ago. I indicated at the time that the heavier parcel volume certainly could be part of the issue and that not all stops involve scanning of every item so in fact carriers may be making multiple trips. “It was noted to me as well” that many carriers never list a break of any type during the day yet the RIMS review will show no movement for as much as 20 minutes at times! I did suggest that perhaps some of this might be explained by the carriers if they were asked because I know there are carriers using LLV’s who have had to make extra ‘pit stops’ due to the increased run time on the routes; and perhaps the explanation below received in another email might have something to do with it as well.

 

I will comment that it does seem to me that most carriers would be well-served to list at least some time as a break each day simply to protect oneself should someone ask why it took you 20 minutes to load today when normally you are done in10 ….if the answer is that I was talking to a fellow carrier or I called my steward for information, that probably would best be classed as a break and in fact I on a daily basis when talking to carriers will as if they are on the route and if so I suggest they need put down break time for whatever length I have on my handy dandy telephone monitor that shows the length of each call on a real time basis.

 

Should you notice your manager or a strange vehicle following you be advised that managers have been directed to make carrier observations based on the RIMS reports and that the OIG has been involved in at least two observations that I am aware of with rural craft employees.

Jim Riess, NRLCA District Representative-Northland District


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12/14/15

Although the new scanners have texting capabilities, the only messages management should be sending out are those only related to safety issues and alerts.

If you are receiving messages other than these, please notify your assigned steward.

Thank you


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HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOUR NEW PASSWORD YET FOR LITEBLUE?
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
  • Your USPS Self Service Password is the new security standard as of April 28, 2014 that is used
  • to access a variety of USPS self-service applications including LiteBlue.

If you have not set up your password in the Self Service Profile (SSP) application

or you have forgotten your Self Service Password click here.


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OPM launches website for individuals to self-check if victim of cyber attack. click here

USPS: Sunday surge – Seven-day package deliveries boom during holidays click here

On the NRLCA website; MOU-12-11-15-Sunday Parcel Work for Regular Carriers

please note! there are specific conditions for regular carriers that wish to VOLUNTEER and IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT TO OVERTIME WORK!


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On the NRLCA Website
TENATIVE 3-YEAR AGREEMENT REACHED
RATIFICATION MEETING SET FOR 3/12 IN WAUPACA, WI
WATCH YOUR MAILBOX FOR MORE INFO

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FYI, on the scanners, from National

 

Info regarding scanners;

 The scanner batteries are guaranteed for 12 hours a day; if they are dying the carriers should report

this to management so they can get new batteries for the MDD.

 

Of course the Christmas special pay procedure period is coming up, i. e. ALL TIME IS ACTUAL TIME but outside of that,

please note the following;

 

Carriers need to track all of the actual time associated with any of the following additional duties and request compensation immediately, if they are told no or do not receive the compensation in the next pay check

then a grievance should be filed.

 

  •         If carriers in one of the study offices clock in on the scanner and then have to re-cradle the scanner and retrieve prior to leaving for the street, the time it takes to retrieve the scanner the second time should be timed and documented.

  •       When a carrier is on the street and management makes you wait to bring another scanner out, the actual time time waiting should be timed and documented.

  •     When on the street and the scanner dies and you are required to write down the scan # and time of delivery, actual time recorded.

  •      When you get back to the office and then are required to enter all the information into a new scanner, actual time recorded.

  •     All time associated with notifying management of the issue and recording the additional time on the 4240, 8127, PS Form 1234(utility card also known as the green card).

  •    If not compensated in the next check, also record actual time notifying management that you were not compensated and the actual time associated with filing the grievance.


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2016 Pay Dates and Leave Year
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JAN-FEB 2016 NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE

CLICK HERE


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The Auxiliary is selling an awesome, attractive Polo shirt, for those that want
to show off their WIRLCA "colors". Cost is only $30 with the proceeds to benefit
the many Junior Auxiliary Scholarship programs they fund.
Check out the Auxiliary page for more details and the order form!
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WIRLCA MEMBER PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS!!
2016 Auxiliary Scholarship Forms are available here
deadline is May 25, 2016...Don't wait!

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USPS Starts Service Performance Measurement (SPM) Sampling

on Rural Routes

The NRLCA is aware that many carriers have already been given service talks on the Service Performance Measurement (SPM)

over the last couple of weeks. The USPS prematurely put out talks and begin dates prior to the NRLCA and the USPS

agreeing on the terms for this new work function.

The NRLCA and the USPS have agreed on compensation and the process for compensation for this new work

function for the interim period. The USPS will start the functionality of SPM beginning this Saturday September 19, 2015

across the country. Rural carrier will be compensated 50 seconds for each delivery address that receives

a SPM work order and 70 seconds for each SPM work order received for a collection box.

Rural carriers will record each day in the comments section of the 4240 when a SPM work order is received.

Rural carriers when alerted with an audio or visual alert will not look at the MDD

until they are stopped at the next delivery point.

The parties agree that all leave replacements will be compensated on 1314-A each pay period.
Regular carriers will be compensated via 8127 each accounting period (2 pay periods).

The parties agree that after data collection begins, the interim compensation may be adjusted.

If the SPM becomes a permanent work function the parties will discuss the appropriate way

to build this new work duty into the route evaluations.

for more information, go to www.nrlca.org

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50+ year NRLCA members recognized

Do you know someone that has been a member for 50+ years or have an interesting family rural lineage?
email the WIRLCA President

Congratulations to
Wilred J. Hall
Arthur B. Kozminski
Leo R. Steiner
Irvin A. Feit-60 yr.
Thomas M. Haroldson-60 yr.
Ralph G. Oftedahl-60 yr.
William R. Scheider-60 yr.

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Want to see what happens at National Convention?
click here
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EMA to go down-click here
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Open Letter from Lakeland Julia Doggett
regarding new evaluations from mail count
and the effects with "formulated" offices
Click here


ALSO-

You may have or should be in the near future be receiving a service talk on

an new edit book entry called ‘DNA’ or door not available.

When you are required to make the necessary changes to your edit book for

these types of deliveries, the time spent is compensable, and should be paid on an 8127.

If you have any questions, please contact your assigned steward.


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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


Tort claims info from National General Insurance Company click here

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DPS, PTF, UTF...Ever wonder what all the postal acronyms mean?
click here https://about.usps.com/publications/pub32/pub32_acn.htm

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THE Postal Service's website for employee access to many benefits and employment information is:
LiteBlue
Here's how you log on:
  • You'll need your Employee ID and USPS Self Service Password to log on to LiteBlue.
  • Your Employee ID is easy to find — just look at the top of your earnings statement.
  • It's the 8-digit number printed just above the words "Employee ID."
  • Your USPS Self Service Password is the new security standard as of April 28, 2014 that is used
  • to access a variety of USPS self-service applications including LiteBlue.

If you have not set up your password in the Self Service Profile (SSP) application

or you have forgotten your Self Service Password click here.

As of April 28, 2014 this application will require a new password instead of the 4-digit PIN.
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!!IMPORTANT BIDDING INFORMATION!!
OPEN LETTER FROM DISTRTICT REP JULIA DOGGETT
click here


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Interesting Historical Article
by Barb Bergsma-WIRLCA Historian

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NEWLY CONVERTED REGULAR CARRIERS
IF YOU ARE BEING REQUIRED TO PROVIDE
DRUG SCREENING OR BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION (FINGER PRINTING)
ON YOUR OWN TIME
THERE IS A NATIONAL LEVEL GRIEVANCE PERTAINING TO THE
COMPENSATION DUE TO YOU FOR THESE "OFF THE CLOCK"
ACTIVITIES.
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL, AREA OR DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IMMEDIATELY!!

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UPDATED SALARY TABLES

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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ON THE NRLCA WEBSITE
UPDATE ON THE ENGINEERED TIME STUDY 
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Internet Security Enhancement for USPS Employee Web self-service Applications
POSTAL BULLETIN INFO
POSTER

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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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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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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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 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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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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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.

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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