Labor update – NRLCA approves new contract

The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association membership has ratified a new three-year labor contract with the Postal Service.

The contract covers more than 132,000 rural carriers represented by the union.

Highlights of the agreement include annual general wage increases, semiannual cost-of-living adjustments, measures designed to stabilize work schedules, increased flexibility to use rural carrier associates, and an interim process to expedite implementation of the revised standards from the Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System study.

“This agreement is economically responsible, fair to our employees and serves the best interests of our customers,” said Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino.

“The agreement aligns with the Delivering for America 10-year plan’s intent to provide reliable, value-driven mail and package delivery service to all Americans in fulfillment of our universal service obligation.”

The new agreement runs through May 20, 2024.


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I’m outraged that rural carriers are compensated by Pay Table One and Pay Table Two! How can anyone justify this unfairness?

Anyone hired on 11/20/2010 or earlier will be on table one and those hired after that date are on table two.
As the table one carriers get old and retire, table one will eventually be gone. If you’ll notice, when table one and table two carriers get to the final step they both make the exact same salary.
The postal service did this in order to save money because they were on the verge of insolvency.
There is nothing to be “outraged” about and its not “unfair”.

They had to add extra steps later so that it looks fair. Ending at the same amount has no bearing on the journey getting there. Fact is when compared table 1 makes a significant amount more during career and retirement. The amount table 1 gets to in less than 5 years takes table 2 more than 10. Table 1 gets the lions share of their raise at the start making them much more comfortable financially during their career. This flows into retirement because if both tables were doing 5% from every check, 5% of a larger amount over a longer… Read more »

I just received a job offer for an RCA position , my only concern is the fact that there seems to be no guarantee of leave for RCA’s, if I’m mistaken will someone please let me know. I’m not worried about overtime or a large workload, but a person needs leave time. This may make me change my mind.

As of right now you don’t get leave time unless you have a hold down on a route for 90 consecutive days. You can request time off but it will be without pay.

You will be able to earn leave under the new contract (as an RCA), but currently, ALL CARRIERS are experiencing extreme difficulty getting ‘leave’ at all, much less at a time in which they would prefer to take it.

I tested positive for covid on Friday 29th. I was scheduled off on Saturday th 30th. I have just been informed that my rural route has not been taken out since Saturday. Is this allowed? What can I do about this? I have already called my union Stewart, left a message. Waiting for him to call back. I am so aggravated…