Vice President Margie McDaniel
 
In my office the routes we recently gained from the conversion of five (5) Highway Contract routes to Rural territory along with the adjustments made after the last mail count resulted in 4 new Rural Routes.  The most Junior Regular Rural Carrier has just over 4 years as an RCA.  When I started that was the average.  There have been many changes in our craft since then, hopefully this is a sign of things getting better for the Rural craft.
In the Legislative corner, the Task Force report has been delayed until after the midterm elections.  Representative John Yarmuth is the only representative who has cosponsored H. Res. 993 -  Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization. As of this writing 196 Representatives have signed as cosponsors to this bill.  Our members in the 3rd District need to thank Representative Yarmuth for his support on this and all the other postal bills that he has signed in support of each of us.  The only other representative that has shown any support is Representative Guthrie of the 2nd District who cosponsored H. Res 15 only.  The other Representatives have not shown any sign of support for H. Res 15, maintaining 6 day delivery, H. Res. 28, maintaining door to door delivery,  H. Res 31, restoring service standards to what they were before being changed in 2012, or H. Res 993.  Please take the responsibility to write, email, or call your personal Representative and ask them to support you.  Several are going to want your support in the Fall elections.
  
Margie McDaniel, Vice-President