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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
Fall Regional meetings
click here for the schedule and map
Plan on attending one of the 11 Regional meetings in October
These are informational only (no business)-District Level Stewards will be on hand to answer questions
Remember! There is no requirement to attend the Region meeting your county is located in.
If there is one closer plan on attending that one-meet new people
September Mail count
Per Art. 9.2.C.3.a (5) the required time to notify the Union at the National level has past.
There will be NO National count of ALL routes during the last 12 working days of September
HOWEVER-there is a small number of routes that will count under Art. 9.2.C.11.a & b.
11. Special Counts
a. Special counts are conducted under the following two (2) circumstances:
(1) When circumstances have negated the validity of the latest count and evaluation.
No salary adjustments will be made as a result of the count unless the evaluation of the route
is changed by 120 minutes (2 hours) or more.
(2) Whenever a 120 minute (2 hours) or more salary adjustment is made on a route
whether due to a substantial service change or a route adjustment,
and the density of the route after the change has been increased to twelve (12) boxes per mile
or more or has been decreased to less than twelve (12) boxes per mile.
* L ROUTE TO NON-L or NON-L TO L
b. Special mail counts must be made during the last twelve (12) working days in September.
Salary adjustments will be made pursuant to Article 9.2.C.9.
CONTACT YOUR DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE !
MAILCOUNT PROCEDURES AND INFO WILL MADE BE AVAILABLE
September COLA Adjustment
Pursuant to the release of the July 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI-W), the sixth COLA adjustment
under the 2010-2015 National Agreement will be $686.00 (based on a 40-hour evaluation).
This COLA adjustment will be effective September 6, 2014,
(pay period 20-2014, pay date September 26, 2014).
This latest adjustment brings the COLA adjustments rural letter carriers have received under
the 2010-2015 National Agreement to a total of $1,830.00. All COLA adjustments are based on a
40-hour evaluation with proportional application to those route evaluations over 40 hours.
· The second and fourth COLAs under the 2010-2015 National Agreement were effective
Sept. 7, 2013 (pay period 20-2013), and totaled $937.00 per year.
· The fifth COLA which would have been effective March 8, 2014 was zero.
Seven COLA adjustments are provided for under the 2010-2015 National Agreement based on
the January 2012, July 2012, January 2013, July 2013, January 2014, July 2014, and January 2015
releases of the CPI-W.
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 2010 Agreement will be rolled
into RCA/RCR hourly rates during the first full pay period of August 2015.
RCAs hired on or after August 11, 2012 (Table Four pay chart), do not receive a COLA adjustment.
However, their hourly rate shall be adjusted by the general increases provided for in Article 9.1.A.
In addition, RCAs in Table Four will receive the following wage adjustments:
· Effective November 17, 2012, the hourly rate (Table Four) shall be increased by 1.0%.
· Effective November 16, 2013, the hourly rate (Table Four) shall be increased by 1.0%.
·Effective November 15, 2014, the hourly rate (Table Four) shall be increased by 1.5%.
All percentage increases are applied to the wage rate in place on August 11, 2012.
Members of Congress React to the USPS’ Proposed List of New Plant Closures
Recently, the United States Postal Service announced its plan to close 82 mail processing facilities throughout 37 states in January of 2015. These closures will eliminate First Class overnight delivery in areas served by these facilities and slow down mail throughout the nation. The closures are expected to eliminate up to 15,000 Postal Service jobs. These actions will inflict irrevocable harm upon the mail system, adversely affect commerce, and impair the quality of mail service that our customers depend on.
In response, 10 members of Congress are circulating a Dear Colleague letter asking their colleagues to support their efforts in obtaining a one-year moratorium on the closure of these 82 processing facilities and the preservation of First-Class mail delivery standards while Congress continues to work on comprehensive postal reform.
The goal is to insert language into the FY 2015 Continuing Resolution, and any potential omnibus, mandating that the USPS suspend its processing facility closure plans for one year. The NRLCA encourages you to please support this effort by reaching out to your Representative and ask them to sign the Dear Colleague letter to Appropriations Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.
Currently, 72 members (66 Democrats and 16 Republicans for a total of 82 including the original 10 members of the letter listed below) of the House have agreed to sign the letter. The following members of Congress have already agreed to co-sign the letter: Reps. Bill Johnson, Tom Marino, Mike Thompson, Sander Levin, Zoe Lofgren, Brian Higgins, Carolyn McCarthy, Peter Welch, Vern Buchanan, Raul Grijalva, Charles Rangel, Ruben Hinojosa, Alcee Hastings, Ann McLane Kuster, Suzan DelBene, Marcy Kaptur, Carol Shea-Porter, Betty McCollum, Filemon Vela, David B. McKinley, James P. McGovern, Robert Brady, Chris Smith, Louise McIntosh Slaughter, Bill Pascrell, Ed Whitfield, Cedric Richmond, Rush Holt, Julia Brownley, Rick Nolan, Alan Lowenthal, Joe Crowley, Bruce Braley, Bill Foster, David Loebsack, Barbara Lee, G. K. Butterfield, Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney, Derek Kilmer, Doug La Malfa, Paul D. Tonko, Alan Grayson, Leonard Lance, Eliot L. Engel, Grace F. Napolitano, Richard Neal, Adam B. Schiff, Carolyn B. Maloney, Keith Ellison, Collin C. Peterson, Jan Schakowsky, Patrick E. Murphy, Corrine Brown, Tim Ryan, Mark Pocan, Jackie Walorski, Brad Schneider, Chellie Pingree, Jared Polis, Emanuel Cleaver II, Tony Cardenas, Gene Green, Mike Simpson, Wm. Lacy Clay, James R. Langevin, Mike Kelly, Glenn Thompson, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Cheri Bustos, Diana DeGette, and Albio Sires.
Representatives David Joyce, Ron Kind, Peter King, Peter DeFazio, Frank LoBiondo, Gerry Connolly, Michael Grimm, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Michael Fitzpatrick, and Matt Cartwright are the ten members of Congress who are the original sponsors of the letter.
If your Representative has not co-signed the letter, please reach out and ask them to become a co-signer. The NRLCA would like to thank you for your involvement with this, and we would like to thank all of you who have contacted your member of Congress on this important matter.
Half of the Senate recently signed a Dear Colleague letter calling for a one-year moratorium on
the Postal Service’s plans to close an additional 82 mail processing plants beginning early next year.
The bi-partisan letter, signed by 50 members of the U.S Senate, urges leaders of the Appropriations Committee
to include a one-year ban on mail delivery cuts that would result in the closing of more postal facilities
and slowing down first-class mail.
The one-year ban language would be included in must-pass legislation to keep the government running
into the new fiscal year.
The House generated a similar Dear-Colleague letter aimed at the members of
the House Appropriations Committee to include a one-year moratorium on closing
or consolidating any additional mail processing facilities.
Congratulations to the 2014 Member of the Year winners-
Roger Schewe and Tana Zeich
click here for more info
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
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
Northland District News
from 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.
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.
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?
!!!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.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES
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
Great attendance by Wisconsin-23 registered WI carriers attended
Hats off to Host State-Minnesota
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