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South Atlantic Conference 2020 (SAC)
Into new information and meeting new carriers from different states? Join us for the
South Atlantic Conference! We have seminars for the newest employee to the almost-retired!
Come enjoy one-on-one time with national officers and giveaways from Atlanta Postal Credit
Union! With a great location at the Crowne Plaza near the Atlanta Airport, 1325 Virginia Ave.,
Atlanta, GA 30344, just a short drive from many area attractions. A free shuttle to and from the
airport is provided by the Crowne. Reservations are open and the dates are
January 25-27, 2020. Room rates are $99. plus tax and the number to call is 888-233-9527
(toll free) or 404-768-6660. Cutoff is January 7, 2020. New seminars are being planned
and will include TSP and the Five Mistakes on Retiring, Health Benefits for the retirees,
RCA seminar and a Labor Seminar on PTF's and Formula Offices. So make plans to join us at
SAC, as you can a little something for everyone is being planned. 
 
KENTUCKY DUES ANNUAL PER PAY PERIOD
Regular Carriers & PTF . . $619.00 . . . . . . . . $23.81
Relief Carriers . . . . . . . . . $248.00 . . . . . . . . . $9.54
ARC’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $248.00 . . . . . . . . $23.81

Bring a Member Competition
Let's play a game KYRLCA! We are holding a drawing at the 2020 KYRLCA State
Convention in Louisville, KY next June and you want in on this! We will be giving away a
$100 gift card to one lucky winner on the Sunday at the State Convention. All you need to 
do to get in on the competition is bring a "uninvolved" KYRLCA union member (new or old)
to the meetings, conferences, etc. For each member you encourage to come and/or bring
you will be put in the drawing! But with that said, here are the rules.
  •       A uninvolved member defines, for this game only, as, a member of the KYRLCA
                whom has never attended a meeting or hasn't attended  a meeting in the last
                3 years. (This will be virified).
  •       Carrier Seminars and District Meetings will get you 1 chance per every 
                 "uninvolved member".
  •        Fall Meeting, Winter Meeting, South Atlantic Conference, and the State Convention
                   will get you 2 chances per every "uninvolved" member.
  •        You may give your chance to the member also.
  •         Must be present at the 2020 KYRLCA State Convention to win.
  •        Competition officially starts this Fall Meeting in Glasgow and ends Sunday at the 
                  2020 State Convention.
    Remember the more you recruit to the meeting more chances you have to win!


Effective June 30, 2019, the RAFT
program has been discontinued
by the National Board
Due to the RAFT (Recruit A Friend Today) program
being discontinued by the National Board, the KYRLCA
will not be paying any recruiting incentives for new
members.
Also please be advised with this change at the national
level, the incentive of 3 months free to new members on
dues withholding was reduced to 2 months free, starting
July 1, 2019.
Therefore, all members, including academy trainers,
will no longer receive the incentive for recruiting new
members. If there is a change in this situation, an
announcement will be made on the website, in the
newspaper and on the Facebook page.



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 nrlca.org 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. Your letters, calls, and emails will all go a long way
to get their support if we can get enough Carriers to do this.

 

                                     

  



                                                                                           






  















 
























  


Farewell 
By the time you read this I will be retired and raising cattle
(and probably a little cane) back on my farm where I began. It has
been a wonderful ride as Rural Carrier and for the last 25 years a
Steward representing the greatest Association on Earth!
Just a few thoughts and requests follow:
Please support your craft and co-workers. Too often I have seen
an office full of great carriers and quality people divided into
cliques and little groups which tend to cause additional friction
on the workplace floor. Lord only knows we do not need any
further stress beyond the daily responsibilities of our job and
the constantly increasing pressure from our bosses. Try to be
understanding of others' personal problems. We all have them you
know, some just more visible than others. We are ALL imperfect
vessels.
Please support your District and State Association! I know it
requires travel, effort, and precious family time to go to your
local meetings, but they are YOUR meetings. Volunteer to help
or run for office. Go to Convention. This is your life’s work on the
line, and it takes us all to pull the plow. Put your ideas of how to
improve things in action as Resolutions or Constitution changes.
This job is changing ever more rapidly and we must have new
ideas to survive as a craft.
Finally, please support your Stewards! Of course this is close to
my heart, having been given the privilege of knowing and working
with, in all honesty, the finest Stewards in the Nation.
Please join their ranks! Every office needs to have a good
Steward. It is not brain surgery, but it does take time and can
be very challenging. You can never please everyone, but if you
follow the contract as closely as you know how, you will be a good
Steward.
As carriers, we have a lot of questions about our future. Will the
new Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System ever come into
effect? If the USPS and our Union can’t make it work, what will we
do then?
Will the pressure from upper USPS management completely
crush local control and guidance? Will we become just another
corporate entity, or remain as a true SERVICE to our country?
Service to our customers is what made us the most trusted public
servant in the world. I fear we are losing that
battle to everyone’s detriment.
So many questions, so little time. Please use
it wisely
Your Friend,
Keith Cannon 

Membership totals as of 12/2/19
788 Regular carriers
40 PTFs
1 RCR
18 RCAs on a Vacant Route
104 RCAs on an Auxiliary Route
710 RCAs
26 ARCs
478 Retirees
4 Associate Members
2,169 

Payment of Retroactive Salary Increases in 2018-2021 National Agreement

The NRLCA has been notified by USPS that all of the retroactive salary
increases included in the 2018-2021 National Agreement are scheduled
to be included in the paychecks for PP06-2020 (March 20, 2020).
This adjustment will include all eligible rural carriers and all retroactive
salary changes negotiated in the new National Agreement.
Posted salary charts have already been adjusted to reflect the
current negotiated salary rates.




Important Information Pertaining to Safety Ambassador/Safety Captain Program

Since 1974, this union has endorsed Article 14 of our contract and our members’ participation in the Safety Captain program. The USPS has “rebranded” the position of Safety Captain as Safety Ambassador, effectively eliminating the Safety Captain position. Unfortunately, the USPS has included duties for the Safety Ambassador position such as observing and reporting safety infractions by rural carriers. Obviously, this would cross the line of what this union has long defined as management work and would subject the member to the restrictions imposed on those performing management duties as defined in our Constitution.
The National Board realizes that there may be many rural carriers, including local stewards, who have been and might still be acting as Safety Captains. Therefore, all rural carriers are hereby notified that the Safety Captain position no longer exists. Carriers who have been acting as Safety Captains will have until close of business on November 15, 2019 to resign and cease acting in that position, to maintain their eligibility to participate as Union officers, stewards or delegates.
Any rural carrier who is acting as a Safety Ambassador will be considered to be acting in a management position.

Your National Board:


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



 



 


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