In The Know

NRLCA Reaches Tentative Agreement with USPS for Three-Year Contract
The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and the United States Postal Service have negotiated a Tentative Agreement to cover the 3-year period from May 21, 2018 to
May 20, 2021. This Tentative Agreement must be ratified by a majority of the voting membership of the NRLCA to become effective. The highlights of the Tentative Agreement
are outlined below. A more detailed explanation of the changes will be presented in a special Tentative Agreement edition of the National Rural Letter Carrier magazine and via
ratification meetings to be held in every state in accordance with Article XI, Section 1 of the Constitution of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association. The required
ratification meetings will be held throughout the month of July 2019; the time and place of each meeting will be published in the special Tentative Agreement edition of the
National Rural Letter Carrier Magazine and posted on the NRLCA National Website.
The NRLCA National Board believes this is a fair and reasonable agreement that is in the best interest of the 131,000
hardworking rural letter carriers across the country providing for substantial gains in wages and benefits for all classifications of rural carriers.
The Meeting will be held Saturday, July 20 at the American Legion Hardin Post 113 at 1251 Ring road Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Time will be 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. EDT
National Officer Ronnie Stutts will conduct the meeting.
Article 38
3-Year Contract
May 2018-May 2021
Article 9.1.A. General Wage Increases
1.3% November 24, 2018-retroactively applied
1.1% November 23, 2019
1.0% November 21, 2020
0.8% Additional increase November 21, 2020
4.2% Total Compensation Increase term of the Agreement
Includes RCAs and ARCs
Article 9.1.E. COLA
Retain COLA, same formula and frequency
July 2018-retroactive
Jan 2019-retroactive
July 2019
Jan 2020
July 2020
Jan 2021
Article 9.1.F and 9.1.I. All RCAs and ARCs
Tables 3 and 4 receive additional 1% wage increase each year in lieu of COLA
Goes into effect with GWI increases-retroactive
Article 9.1.D. Top Step of Table Two raised to match top step of Table One
2 additional steps added to table 2
Proportional COLA applied to lower steps in Table Two going forward
Article 21.1.B. Beginning 2020 employer contribution to FEHB plan premiums changes from 73% to 72%
MOU Non-Career Health Plan for RCAs
Will be available to all RCAs from date of hire
USPS continues to pay $125 per pay period toward Self Only premium
USPS to pay 65% of Family or Self Plus One premiums during first year of employment
USPS to pay 75% of Family or Self Plus One premiums after one year of employment
Special Open Season will be offered as soon as administratively possible
Article 9.2.C.3.a.1 and 2. Mail Counts
Parties agree to discuss interim method for evaluating routes in lieu of national mail counts
USPS retains right to call for a National Count in September
All special count provisions remain in effect
Traditional mail counts not necessary if RRECS is implemented
Article 30.2.D.4. Utilization of RCAs
RCAs from another office within local commuting distance may be used before
regular carriers not on the RDWL
Mileage over normal commute will be compensated
MOU Task Force to address RCA hiring and retention
MOU Rural Joint Workplace Improvement Process
MOU Implementation of RRECS

National Mobile App
The new NRLCA mobile app is now available for both Apple and Android devices.
Go to Apple (App Store) or Google Play and search for NRLCA to download the free
official NRLCA mobile app.
If you have a current NRLCA website log-in you will use the same log-in for the mobile app.
If you do not have a current website log-in, you can create a log-in through the
NRLCA Mobile App.
We highly recommend that you allow for notifications as the NRLCA will be
sending out important updates.
Your National Board

 New Legisalation
New legislation has been introduced on May 2, 2019 for the Federal Employees
Retirement Fairness Act, also known as the Buy Back.  It is H.R. 2478 and provides
"that civilian service in a temporary position after December 31, 1988, may be
creditable service".   Under Section 2.b. states "including temporary employees of the USPS".
Also introduced on April 29, 2019 is a bill titled "USPS Fairness Act" which states to
amend title 5, to repeal the requirement that the USPS prepay future retirement benefits". 
On the website there are form letters printed for your convenience to mail
to your Congressman to request their support.  There are letters there for H. Res. 33
to stop privatization, and H. Res. 54 to maintain 6-day delivery as well.  Click on Legislation,
then Contact Congress, then the letter.  On this website if you click on State Officers,
then Appointed, then PAC there is a list of all the Congressmen's address.  It is recommended
that you send to the local office.
Please try to do this soon as President Jane Virgin and myself will be attending the
Legislative Seminar in Washington D.C., and will be meeting with our Representatives
and/or their Postal Issues staff member.  Your letters, calls, emails will all go a long way
to get their support if we can get enough Carriers to do this.













Rural Route Digitization Program
We need to spread the word. “Follow your 4003”
We are now seeing discipline and Letter of Demand for mileage paid when the carrier is NOT actually driving that amount.
Keith Cannon
District Representative
PO Box 47
North Middletown, Ky 40357
(502) 921-3188

From: David Heather
On March 25, 2019, the NRLCA was notified that USPS will begin a 6-week “rural route digitization” program.  Starting March 28, 2018, USPS will utilize the GPS “breadcrumb” information collected by the MDD (Scanner) to plot the line of travel for each rural route.  The route mileage obtained from this information will be compared to the paid mileage for the route and the official line of travel on PS Form 4003. 
Rural Carrier work methods will NOT be altered in any way by this data collection.  However, in anticipation of questions from the field, we have prepared the following Q and A:
Q. Will my line of travel be changed due to this  breadcrumb data collection?
Possibly.  If the data collection shows that there is a more efficient way to travel your route and  make all assigned deliveries, management has always had the right to make changes to your line of travel.  Of course, safety concerns such as avoiding left turns, U-turns etc. would have to considered.
Q.  Will management change the PS Form 4003 or my paid mileage using data collected from the breadcrumbs?
The MDD GPS data should not be used to change mileage.  An official route remeasurement is the only contractual method of changing the 4003 or the paid mileage on a route. 
Q.  Can management remeasure my route based on information collected by the MDD?
Yes.  Article 30.1.E governs Route Remeasurement.
“ Rural Routes shall be remeasured upon request of the rural carrier or when the Employer determines it is necessary. The rural carrier assigned to the route has the right to be present in a non-duty status at the remeasurement.”
Q. How will a remeasurement be done?
The remeasurement can be done using a vehicle equipped with a calibrated odometer.  The parties are still in discussion over possible GPS devices we might agree to use for route remeasurement.
We will keep you apprised of any further developments

 Carrier Seminars to be Held
June 2019 Owensboro, KY State Convention
September 2019 Dawson Springs area

October 11-13, 2019
KYRLCA Fall Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Glasgow, KY. 
The complete address is Holiday Inn Express 208 Wall Street Glasgow, KY. 
The room rate is $90.00 per night whether you select a king room or 2 queen beds. 
Details about the meeting with an agenda will be posted at a later date. 
To make a reservation for the meeting, call the Holiday Inn Express
at 270-629-2900 and ask for the KYRLCA block of rooms.
  Watch the website and the next newspaper for more details.