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New information under OIG reports, Coming Events, Auxiliary and a new section called "Rural Carrier History"
MOU signed 12/12/14
Regular carriers allowed to volunteer for Sunday work on 12/14 and 12/21, 2014
During the Christmas pay period, it is not correct for management to utilize other craft employees or employees from another office to control regular rural carriers’ (potential) overtime hours.
We are also in disagreement with regular carriers’ being scheduled to start later in the day; to only carry their route, while an RCA comes in earlier to case up the route.
If either of these is occurring, please contact your assigned steward.
OPEN LETTER FROM DISTRTICT REP JULIA DOGGETT
page two 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,
2) Contact your assigned steward, Assistant District Rep. or District Rep.
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!"
Interesting Historical Article
by Barb Bergsma-WIRLCA Historian
On the NRLCA Website
*Postmaster General Donahue to Retire February 2015
*House Committee Regarding USPS Employee Database
On Wednesday, November 19th the House and Oversight Committee will hold a hearing regarding...
*Megan Brennan Appointed Postmaster General
* NRLCA and USPS sign MOU, gives many leave replacements opportunity for Health Benefits
Eligible NRLCA-represented employees will receive complete information on the USPS NCEHB Plan
from the Postal Service in the next few days at their home address.
Full information on LiteBlue
IS THE POSTAL SERVICE DOING A GOOD JOB?
read the latest Gallup poll-http://www.gallup.com/poll/179519/americans-rate-postal-service-highest-major-agencies.aspx
WI Senator Ron Johnson R-WI
New Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs Committee
(oversees Postal issues)
Article from The Federal Times
from the USPS
Notification of cyber intrusion and employee data compromise
The Postal Service recently learned of a cyber intrusion into some of its information systems and an investigation began as soon as the intrusion was discovered.
Steps already have been taken to strengthen the security of USPS systems and
there will be additional measures in the coming days and weeks.
for more information
Employee FAQ'sespecially read #7
Stand up for offices with video capability
Stand up for offices without video capability
Winter 2014- an Open letter
from Northland District Representative Jim Riess
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
Nov. 14, 2014
Visit the NRLCA website for more information on the National Day of Action.
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"
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL, AREA OR DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE IMMEDIATELY!!
FEHB OPEN SEASON DATES
HEALTH Plans-NOV. 10, 2014-DEC. 9, 2014@ 5:00pm
FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS-NOV. 10-DEC. 21, 2014
DENTAL/VISION-NOV. 10-DEC. 8, 2014 @ 11:59pm
use the links below for more info
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Rural Letter Carriers Health PlanCOMPARE HEALTH PLANS-http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/compare-plans/
CHRISTMAS OVERTIME PERIOD IS DECEMBER 6TH-26TH
FALL NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
NEW EMA RATE
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August 2014 CPI-W Private Transportation Index this morning.
Based on this release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will decrease by 1.5¢ to 73.5¢ per mile.
This EMA rate will be effective October 4, 2014 (Pay Period 22).
Once they are received, full EMA schedules will be posted on the Rural Carrier EMA Rate Schedule page
CONTRACTUAL WAGE INCREASE TO GO INTO EFFECT NOV. 15, 2014
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?
50+ year NRLCA members recognized
click hereDo you know someone that has been a member for 50+ years or have an interesting family rural lineage?
email the WIRLCA President
LAKELAND DISTRICT NEWS
from District Representative Julia Doggett
ATTENTION ALL LAKELAND ZIP CODES
THE ONLY NUMBER FOR ADR LOUAN FRIEND IS;
IF YOU HAVE TRIED OTHER NUMBERS AND HAVE NOT REACHED HER,
-Oct. 3, 2014
Lakeland District will be getting 100 or so LLVs newly assigned to rural routes, a target date of January 3rd has been set.
This will assure they are on rural routes prior to the dates established for the next rural mail count.
Additionally, they removed a city office off of FSS, so they have room to add more offices to the FSS scheme.
Only offices in Lakeland IL are affected by this change.
DPS letter impact will be felt by the carriers receiving LLVs; I do not have the list of routes yet.
22 of our rural offices in WI are hubs, for the upcoming Sunday package delivery program with Amazon; 195 offices in all are part of the program.
22 hubs with 163 spokes. Currently only RCAs and PTFs, CCAs and PSEs will be utilized on the Sunday routes.
Lakeland WI will be affected by the plant closing project; Wausau processing will ultimately all be moved to Green Bay.
Lakeland is currently short 585 RCAs; a month ago we were short 610; we still have a long way to go.
There was a job fair recently in Madison that was successful; another is scheduled.
Northland District News
from District Representative Jim Riess
from Northland District Representative Jim Riess
LLV placements and carriers rights click hereMOU available at https://www.nrlca.org/Web/Ticker-Content-Info.aspx?ArticleID=257
President Dwyer's Letter Published in the Washington Post
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.
!!!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.
Contract "cites" explained
ON THE NRLCA WEBSITE
UPDATE ON THE ENGINEERED TIME STUDY
USPS CONTRACTS FOR NEW SCANNERS
Internet Security Enhancement for USPS Employee Web self-service
POSTAL BULLETIN INFO
Education is empowerment
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!"
gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
was named after.
Check out the "Hot News" on the NRLCA website (www.nrlca.org)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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!
2014 Pay Periods and the 2014 Leave Year
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
Got Discipline? GRIEVE IT?
Here's the Starting point...
PHONE PROTOCOL (WHO TO CALL)
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.
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. -
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!
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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