Cost-of-Living Raises Set for August 29, 2020


Pursuant to the release of the July 2020 Consumer Price Index - Urban Wage and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and in accordance with Article 9.1.E , the fifth COLA adjustment of the 2018-2021 National Agreement will result in a $187 increase for eligible rural carriers. This COLA adjustment will be effective August 29, 2020, (PP 19-2020). All COLA adjustments are based on a 40-hour evaluation with proportional application to those route evaluations over 40 hours. The increase should appear in paychecks dated September 18, 2020.

In accordance with Article 9.1.E.3, full COLA adjustments will apply to Table One and new Step 15 of Table Two. COLA adjustments to Steps 1 through 14 of Table Two will be adjusted proportionally to each step’s percentage of Step 15. This will serve to bring Table Two schedule (Step 15) employees to the same pay level as Table One (Step 12) employees, thereby eliminating the pay differential between Table Two and Table One employees at the top step and for the rest of their careers.

NOTE: All leave replacement employees will now receive an additional 1% salary adjustment annually in lieu of COLA adjustments. Those leave replacement employees on the rolls prior to August 11, 2012, will now receive the additional 1% salary adjustment annually, rather than waiting for a COLA roll-in at the end of the agreement.

Updated pay schedules will be posted at www.nrlca.org when available and will also be included in a future edition of the National Rural Letter Carrier Magazine.

*This has been copied from the NRLCA.ORG website.


       APCU Auto Loan

         Payoff Raffle


When you purchase or refinance a vehicle through APCU (including right-hand drive and recreational vehicles), you can enter for a chance to have your loan paid in full—up to $35,000!

When you purchase or refinance a vehicle through APCU, you can enter to have your loan paid in full! That’s right, you can enter to win even if you have a vehicle loan at another financial institution. Just move your loan to APCU between June 1st and August 21st to become eligible.

On August 24, 2020, one finalist will be drawn randomly and APCU will pay off a recently financed or refinanced APCU auto loan balance, including right-hand drive vehicles or recreational vehicles, up to $35,000!

Any member of the NRLCA can join APCU and take advantage of our NRLCA Auto Loan Payoff Sweepstakes! Review the contest rules on page two of the rules and details document linked below and follow these steps to enter to win:

  • Apply Online at applications.apcu.com

  • Select Apply for a Vehicle Loan

  • Once you’ve entered all of your information, answer yes to “Are you a Member of the NRLCA?”

  • Then, you will be prompted to enter the Loan Promo Code of “620”

  • Verify your Contact Information

  • Click “I Agree” to submit your application

If you have any questions, or wish to apply by phone, give us a call at (800) 849-8431. Good luck!




The documents linked below went to the field last week. The postal service is testing their new program called Expedited to Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS).

The stated purpose of this test is to determine if the current Expedited Preferential Mail (EPM) Delivery Program can be enhanced to assist in reducing the morning office time for city letter carriers by enabling them to get on the street earlier to better serve customers and provide for more consistent delivery times.

The test is scheduled to begin on July 25, 2020 and will continue for approximately 30 to 60 days.

This test is meant to be a change for city carriers and clerks, however the changes in mail distribution will affect the rural carriers in these offices. We have had lengthy conversations with HQ Labor Relations, and we were assured that further communication would be sent to the field. We know there is already bad information in the field and some managers are already violating working rules, handbooks, and manuals. Below you will find some explanation and instruction from your National Board.

  1. This test is NOT a license to violate our contract, handbooks, manuals, or Step 4 Settlements.

  2. The offices in this test will have Distribution Up Times established. City carriers will not report until that time.

  3. City carriers will not be allowed to case mail in the mornings—this does not apply to rural routes.

  4. Rural Carriers must still be permitted to:

    • Case their DPS Letters and Flats in the office at their option.

    • Case boxholders at their option.

    • Mark their parcels at the case.

    • Pull down and tie out in the morning—not in the afternoon as will be required of city carriers.

  5. Rural carriers cannot be required to use the Load Truck Function for their parcels unless it was built into their evaluations (this is a very limited number of offices).

  6. Any change in starting times for rural carriers requires reasonable advance notice of the change. Carriers must be given reasonable time to plan for the schedule change.

  7. What management can change regarding rural carriers:

    • They can establish an Expedited Preferential Mail office—this has been an option in the PO-603 for decades. This means that there is a definite cut-off time for mail distribution in the morning—established by management. Any mail distributed after that time will not be delivered. It will be cased in the afternoon for delivery the next day.

    • They can make the mail available for rural carriers to case in the afternoon as mentioned above or they can allow rural carriers to come in earlier in the morning to case the mail that was distributed after DUT the day before.

    • They have to do either a or b. They cannot tell carriers you cannot case mail in the PM AND you cannot come in before SUT in the morning. Time must be allowed for us to case mail—see #4 above.

  8. REPORTING VIOLATIONS: If any manager at any level in your District(s) orders or directs anything in violation of any of the above principals, you are to report immediately via email to your assigned District Representative:

    • Name of Manager.

    • Position of the manager (supervisor, postmaster, etc.).

    • What exactly they changed.

    • If the directive is in writing, provide a copy.

    • If verbally made the change, provide the date of the change.

  9. We will immediately discuss these violations with USPS HQ and get it stopped.

We have advocated EPM and getting carriers out of the office sooner and back off the street earlier for years. We have too many carriers on the street late in the evening causing increased safety issues, (getting dark, heat stress etc.) Your National Board has concerns as to how this process will work and will continue to monitor the progress.

Please report any of the above violations as soon as they happen and file a grievance if necessary.

Thank you all for your patience as we continue to go through these changes.

Your National Board

This has been copied from the NRLCA.org website


                                      FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT CHANGES

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, FSAFEDS, the organization that administers FSAs, is allowing changes for a limited time. If you participate in the flexible spending accounts (FSAs) you can make changes during a 60-day period that runs from July 1 - August 29, 2020.  

You do not need to:

     *Be affected by the coronavirus

     *Be experiencing a qualifying life event, such as a marriage, divorce or birth.

     *Provide documentation.

During the 60-day period, you will be allowed to make a one-time change (increase or decrease) in the amount of your annual election in any of the following FSA accounts in which you are enrolled:

     *2020 health care flexible spending account (HCFSA)

     *Limited expense health care flexible spending account (LEX HCFSA), or

     *Dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

For more information or to make changes

     *Visit www.fsafeds.com

     *Call 877-372-3337