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

   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!
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          Documents you can use!           Classifieds  
         Wages/Salary/Financial                   OIG Reports new added            
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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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it's more than you think!
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News       updated 11/15/14
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On the NRLCA Website
11/14/14
*Postmaster General Donahue to Retire February 2015

*House Committee Regarding USPS Employee Database Breach
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
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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


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BREAKING NEWS!
from the USPS

Nov. 10, 2014

 

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


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Open letter from Northland District Representative Jim Riess
regarding "meeting evaluations".
LLV Article
 
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NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION
Nov. 14, 2014

Visit the NRLCA website for more information on the National Day of Action.

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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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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 Plan
COMPARE HEALTH PLANS-http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/compare-plans/
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CHRISTMAS OVERTIME PERIOD IS DECEMBER 6TH-26TH

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FALL NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
CLICK HERE

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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


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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?

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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

ATTENTION ALL LAKELAND ZIP CODES
THE ONLY NUMBER FOR ADR LOUAN FRIEND IS;

608-745-2481
IF YOU HAVE TRIED OTHER NUMBERS AND HAVE NOT REACHED HER,
WELL...THAT'S WHY

FYI-Oct. 3, 2014

 UPDATED 10/9/14

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.

 

Julia

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Northland District News
from District Representative Jim Riess
Open letter from Northland District Representative Jim Riess
regarding "meeting evaluations".


LLV placements and carriers rights click here
MOU available at https://www.nrlca.org/Web/Ticker-Content-Info.aspx?ArticleID=257
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President Dwyer's Letter Published in the Washington Post
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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!!!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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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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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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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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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)
(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. -
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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.

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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