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Rural Letter Carriers have been America's "Post Office on Wheels" since 1896. We have played a large role in binding the republic together through two World Wars, the Great Depression and various national crises. We are a vital and time-honoured part of the American way of life and we will continue to keep the mail moving, providing the same excellent service that all rural patrons deserve and to which they have become accustomed. 



OPM Issues Guidance for Agencies and Employees on Zika Virus


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The Office of Personnel Management has released a memo instructing federal agencies to “utilize all available human resources flexibilities” to help protect federal employees from the effects of the Zika virus.


The memo also contains three attachments with additional information from OPM, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

For example, the EEOC guidance details steps an employer must take in order to avoid discriminating against female employees who are or may become pregnant with regards to preventing the spread of the Zika virus. One example provided states, “An employer would have to allow a pregnant employee to take leave, to telework, or to work in a different job temporarily in order to avoid exposure to the Zika virus if the employer allows other employees to take leave, to telework, or to work in another job temporarily due to restrictions unrelated to pregnancy (such as injury or illness).”


Other scenarios are outlined in the EEOC guidance attachment. The OSHA guidance says that federal agencies must train their employees about their risk of exposure to Zika, how to protect themselves, and to seek medical treatment if they have symptoms.


Attachment 1 - OPM Guidance on Workplace Flexibilities and Authorities for Dealing with the Zika Virus


Attachment 3 - OSHA Zika Job Hazard Analysis Template for Federal Agencies


Your 2016-2017 State Board

Randy Cook, President

Natasha Patterson, Vice-President

Lee Bryant, Secretary-Treasurer

Executive Committee:

William Braddick

Cliff Cox

Diane Collins

Robert Kaverman

Please refer to "The Florida Rural Letter Carrier" magazine for contact information.



USPS postal employees National Emergency Hotline Source: USPS News Link mAy 2 2006

 Emergency hotline graphic                                          You know how it goes: Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat

 If your community is facing extreme weather or emergencies like hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes or wildfires and you need to know whether your facility is operating as usual, the Postal Service has a nationwide number you can call to find out.

 The USPS National Emergency Hotline is your information lifeline.

Call 1-888-363-7462 to check on facility closings, reporting time changes and other workplace information.
Because it's national and outside your immediate area, the hotline works even if local facility phone message systems are down because of power failures or other storm-related damage.

This dedicated toll-free system proved itself during Florida's past hurricane seasons.

When you call, you'll be asked for the first three digits of your work ZIP Code. Then you'll hear your district's operating information.

Deaf or hard-of-hearing callers can use their state Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) toll-free number and the TRS operator will handle the call.

Keep this number handy:
1-888-363-7462. It'll help keep us all on our appointed rounds.

Free Saturdays

In a directive issued by the USPS on 3 March 2004, a change was made in the long-standing and widely accepted practice of permitting "X", "O", and "Z" days to qualify a carrier for a free Saturday(s). According to the directive, effective pay period 06-04, the following rural DACA codes will not break the continuity for a free Saturday on a "J" or "H" route:


Annual Leave, DACA code A


Sick Leave, DACA code S


Donated Leave, DACA code D


Court Leave, DACA code 6 (new code)


Holiday Leave, DACA code H

The use of any other DACA codes during a period of leave will break the continuity of the leave and therefore disqualify the carrier for a free Saturday.

Hurricane Helpers

Postal Employees' Relief Fund Offers Employees a Chance to Help

Hurricane Season is here again and has the potential to cause considerable damage to many areas in Florida and the rest of the Southeastern United States. In years past, many USPS employees went above and beyond the call of duty to get the mail through, many were affected by the storm's high winds and heavy rains. Here's one way you can help, contribute to PERF, the Postal Employees' Relief Fund. PERF was started in 1990 to help employees who were victims of major natural disasters certified by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) when their losses weren't reimbursed by insurance or grants.

If you'd like to make a contribution to PERF, there are several options available. You can mail a check or money order payable to:


PO BOX 34422
WASHINGTON DC 20043-4422


You can also contribute online via major credit card at www.postalrelief.com. Employees can also select CFC #10268 Postal Employees' Relief Fund as their choice during the Combined Federal Campaign.

If you're an employee in a FEMA-certified disaster area and you're looking for relief, visit http://www.postalrelief.com/guidelines.htm to get information on eligibility criteria. Visit http://www.postalrelief.com/grantapplication.htm for the application form to get the process started.

Source: Postal Bulletin 22112

Free Saturday Combined With Annual Sick Leave

A regular rural carrier or substitute rural carrier (Designation 72) or a rural carrier associate (Designation 74) in a leave earning capacity who has an approved absence on Saturday occurring within or at the beginning or end of a period of annual or sick leave is not charged such leave or loss of compensation, provided:


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Employee Discounts Are a Click Away

Tires for your car? A computer for your kids?  We have some deals for you! And they're easy to access online.

Credit Card: You can apply online for the United States Postal Service Employee Platinum Visa card. The card is for Postal Service employees and their families, has no annual fee, and comes with a 0% APR for 6 months.

Wireless Services: The USPS discount is your discount. USPS gets wireless discounts from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. So can you.

Goodyear: Postal Service employees get discounts at participating Goodyear retailers, lube, oil, and filter for $14.95, 15% off automotive services, and 10% off Goodyear brand tires.

Computers: Log on for computer savings. The USPS Employee Connectivity Program offers deals on computers for you and your family.

Vehicles: Employees can bid on surplus Postal Service vehicles, using eBay.

For more information on all these employee discounts, visit the Employee Deals Web site. The direct URL is is https://liteblue.usps.gov/news/deals/welcome.htm

Source: Postal Bulletin 22105

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Rural Carrier Salary Schedule effective September 3, 2016 (PP 19-16)


Annual Rates Click here (Acrobat Reader Required)

Rural Carrier Associates/Rural Carrier Relief Schedules
Straight time hourly rates effectiv
e March 5, 2016 (PP 06-16)

Table Three, Schedule 1-- $21.26
Table Three, Schedule 2-- $24.95
Table Four--$17.02

Table Three, Schedule 1 applies to Rural Carrier Associates hired beginning August 24, 1991
Table Three, Schedule 2 applies to Rural Carrier Associates and Rural Carrier Relief Employees on the  rolls prior to August 24, 1991.
Table Four applies to rural carrier associates hired on or after August 11, 2012

Equipment Maintenance Allowance Schedule for Rural Routes


On September 16, 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August 2016 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 189.799, a decrease from the May 2016 Index which was 192.505. The decrease in the Private Transportation Index was once again driven largely by a continuing decrease in the component Motor Fuel category from 199.512 (May 2016) to 191.070 (August 2016).

Based on this release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will decrease by 1.0˘ to 65.0˘ per mile.


Rural Carriers

In accordance with the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.3 of the USPS/NRLCA National Agreement, effective October 1, 2016 (Pay Period 21-2016), the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) will decrease from 66.0 cents per mile to 65.0 cents per mile. The EMA will be 65.0 cents per mile, or a minimum of $26.00 per day, whichever is greater.


Auxiliary Rural Carriers, Rural Carrier Reliefs, Rural Carrier Associates, Rural Carrier Part Time Flexibles, and Auxiliary Assistance

Employees providing auxiliary assistance or serving auxiliary routes under the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.5, will receive EMA of 65.0 cents per mile or $7.10 per hour, whichever is greater. This EMA should not exceed the amount provided in the special EMA chart for route stops and miles.


This is the second EMA adjustment under the terms of the 2015-2018 USPS/NRLCA National Agreement. The next quarterly adjustment will occur after the release of the November 2016 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and will be effective the second full pay period after release of that index.



EMA schedules are available at www.nrlca.org



Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP) Information


Office of Personnel Management/Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan Website

USPS Notice 427, Selecting a Health Insurance Plan (Acrobat Reader Required)

USPS Notice 426, Health Benefits Coverage for Non-career Employees (Acrobat Reader Require

NRLCA Sponsored Insurance Plans



The preferred auto insurance provider of the NRLCA for over 53 years!

Route Car Discounts

Coverage for right-hand drive vehicles

Special protection for on-the-route accidents not covered under the Tort Claims Act of 1961

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2016-17 Constitution of the Florida Rural Letter Carriers' Association 

Approved June 23-25 2016, State Convention, Safety Harbor
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2015-2016 Constitution of the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association 

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Local Steward Election Call and Application for Certification

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Step 1 Grievance Form (USPS-NRLCA Joint Step 1 Grievance Form, PS Form 8191)


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PO-603,  Rural Carrier Duties and Responsibilities Handbook

Updated With Postal Bulletin Revisions Through October 18, 2012

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2010-2015 USPS/NRLCA Collective Bargaining Agreement

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Analysis of the 2006-2010 USPS/NRLCA Collective Bargaining Agreement


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Analysis of the Extension to the 2000-2004 USPS/NRLCA Collective Bargaining Agreement


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Florida Rural Letter Carriers' Association

2014-2015 IRS Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax


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Dues Withholding Form (NRLCA Form 1187)


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P-J's Signs, Shirts, and More

Supplying America's Rural Carriers with Safety Signs, Shirts, and just about anything else you may need for your route!

1-800-29-SIGN-1 (1-800-297-4461)


Shirts and More. Personalized rural carrier apparel, Warning Signs, etc

National Rural Letter Carriers' Association

United States Postal Service Home Page

Postal Bulletins (USPS Website)

USPS Track-Confirm -- Mail Tracking & Delivery Confirmation

ZIP code Lookup and Address Information (USPS Website)

PostalWorkersOnline.Com, a Web site for all postal employees

Postal Rate Commission

Postal Explorer

USPS Weather Alerts

General Accounting Office

Office of Personnel Management/Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan

Postal News Online



Union Representative Contact Information

North Florida District Representative
Kathy Brinson

PO Box 13957
Savannah, GA 31416-3439
Phone: 912-308-6730

Suncoast and South  Florida District Representative
Linda Wiersema
District Representative
PO Box 14070
Bradenton, FL 34280
Phone: 941-792-8710

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