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    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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Coming Events                 County Unit Info
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Useful Website Links
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           Classifieds                OIG Reports                Documents you can use!

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
Contact us                               Contact webmaster 


 
                                       
News       updated 4/13/14
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110th WIRLCA State Convention June 20-22, 2014
Constitution Amendment form for 2014 State Convention click here
Resolution form for 2014 State Convention click here
Association Member Registration Form click here new
Auxiliary Registration Form 2014 click here new
Juniors Registration Form click here new
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2014 Food Drive Info click here new
Sat. May 10, 2014

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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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 APRIL NEWSLETTER
!!!!!HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!
CLICK HERE
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MID-STATES CONFERENCE
MAY 2, 3 & 4, 2014
DULUTH, MN
click here for updated info
Agenda/Schedule click here
NOT ABLE TO GO TO A NATIONAL CONVENTION?
This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with our National Officers

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Lakeland District Mailcount Dispute Information click here

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2014 Auxiliary Scholarship Application now available

on the Auxiliary/Juniors page click here new


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!!!URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION REQUESTED!!!

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2014
National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association - www.nrlca.org
Contact: Mike Uehlein,
muehlein@nrlca.org, 703-303-5683

Proposed Obama Budget, WRONG On Postal Service

This morning, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which endorsed the Postmaster General’s proposed plan to eliminate six-day mail delivery. The following is a statement released by Jeanette Dwyer, President of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association:
“The Administration’s budget released today simply misses the mark when it comes to solving the current fiscal crisis plaguing the U.S. Postal Service. For decades, the Postal Service has provided consistent quality service to each and every household nationwide. Despite the Postal Service posting a profit delivering mail and packages in 2013, elected officials continue with misguided and unacceptable attempts to slash and eliminate service.
“Our Postal Service is in need of true reform, not ill-advised, counter-productive attempts to slash service. By re-working the Postal Service’s funding of its retiree health benefits, an obligation which accounts for 80% of USPS losses over recent years and is forced on no other public or private entity, lawmakers could take the easiest and most-sensible step toward getting this venerable institution back on the right page. Allowing the Postal Service to continue to innovate with same-day parcel delivery and other services will provide a great opportunity to generate needed revenue and allow the USPS to remain a competitive player in the shipping and delivery industry.  We need to grow our Postal Service not shrink it.
“While many say the Postal Service should be run like a business, it has been shackled by burdensome obligations and left to drown in red ink. Misguided legislation and a dysfunctional Congress have brought the Postal Service to this point, but these problems are easily solvable.
“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.”

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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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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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NEW SECTION BELOW-"OIG REPORTS" check it out new
New report on Rural Delivery

Waste, fraud, tampering or theft? "Who do I call" click here


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NEW STEWARD ASSIGNMENTS
IN LAKELAND DISTRICT
CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED INFO
STEWARD MAP
Lakeland Steward Assignments             Lakeland map
please review to make sure you are contacting the right steward

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EMA RATE CHANGE

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November 2013 CPI-W Private Transportation Index.         Based on this release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will decrease by 2.0¢ to 71.0¢ per mile. This adjustment includes a 0.5¢  base rate increase per the terms of the 2010 – 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This EMA rate will be effective January 11, 2014 (Pay Period 3).


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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

 

The attached Relief Day Work List (RDWL) must be posted in your office from Saturday, April 12th through Friday, April 25th . All regular carriers, regardless of their assigned route classification, may sign up if they want to be considered for working their scheduled relief day. The RDWL is basically the same as an OT desired list. The effective start date for this sign-up sheet is Saturday, May 3, 2014 and goes until Friday, Oct 17, 2014.

The signup period vs. the effective start date allows enough time to make any necessary schedule changes based on who signs up.

 

All rural offices, whether they have gone through Post Plan or not, must post the attachment for the carriers to sign up. A side note, once an office has gone through Post Plan, the matrix is merged but not the RDWL. Post Plan APO offices – make sure you receive a copy of your RMPO office’s RDWL so you know how to schedule your carriers properly.

 

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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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PAC TOTALS UPDATED April 2014 CLICK HERE
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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

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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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Steward/District Representative
Contract Questions?
Got Discipline? GRIEVE IT?
Here's the Starting point...
PHONE PROTOCOL (WHO TO CALL) updated 12/28/2013
Lakeland(see map)
Northland

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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!" 

IMPORTANT AUTOMATED BIDDING INFORMATION

 It is my understanding that we currently have an issue that began a couple of weeks ago with job bidding from home computers using unsupported web browsers.  Initially these web browsers were thought to be Firefox, Chrome, and others.  We are now being told that we may be having difficulty with Internet Explorer versions higher than 8.  USPS programmers are working on the issue. As far as we know, USPS kiosks and USPS computers are not affected by this.  In addition, telephone bidding is still functional (although not the carriers' favored method in large offices).  If carriers are having difficulty with automated bidding, they should inform their supervisor and request Form 1717-A to submit a manual bid.  I would ask that they attempt to bid at least one additional time in the automated environment prior to the closing date of the posting, if possible.

 The NRLCA will continue to keep you updated on this issue.

Thank You,                                                                                                                                            Joey C. Johnson                                                                                                                              Director of Labor Relations, NRLCA                                                                                                  

 1630 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314-3467

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                                                                                           4/13/14