raft incentive in effect as of 1/2/21

As an incentive for recruiters and new members, the 2021 RAFT Program offers the following benefits:
1.  Members who have successfully recruited (the new member must complete, sign and date an 1187 Form "Authorization for Deduction of Dues") will receive $15 for each RCA or ARC and $50 for each Regular or PTF.
2.  The newly recruited RCA and ARC will receive a one time incentive payment of $25 after their 1187 is received by the National Office, processed and sent to the USPS and accepted for processing.
3.  The newly recruited PTF or Regular Rural Carrier will receive a one time incentive payment of $50 after their 1187 is received by the National Office, processed and sent to the USPS and accepted for processing.
4. The recruiter must legibly provide their EIN or CSA number along with their name and address in the upper right hand corner or on a seperate piece of paper attached to the new member's 1187.
5.  No incentives will be paid to the State Association, only to the recruiter and new member.
6.  There will no longer be a "two month free waiting period" for new members. The 1187 will be processed as soon as possible upon receipt by the Union.
                                                   LETS GET RECRUITING!!


New EMA Rate - Effective January 2, 2021 (Pay Period 02-2021)


On December 10, 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November 2020 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 199.76, a decrease from the August 2020 Index of 200.83. Therefore, based on the November 2020 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for rural carriers will decrease 0.5¢ to 70.0¢ per mile.

This EMA rate will be effective January 2, 2021 (Pay Period 02-2021).




Postal Service employees will soon have the COVID-19 vaccine made available to them. Although COVID-19 vaccines are now being distributed nationally, the supply in the U.S. is expected to be limited initially. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided recommendations to federal, state and local governments about who should be prioritized to be vaccinated.

"Phase 1a" was the initial distribution of the vaccine and included health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.  "Phase 1b" is to include postal workers as well as other frontline essential workers such as firefighters, police officers, grocery store workers, public transit workers and others.

There is currently no specific date for "Phase 1b" to be implemented.  You can periodically check your local public health's website, the CDC website which is www.cdc.gov/vaccines or check back here.  As soon as we know, we will be posting it.


                                2021 COUNTY UNION MEETINGS

Our National Board would like us to hold off on conducting any in-person union meetings for now. Until some point in the future they do not feel in person meetings should be held. Once a significant percentage of the population has been vaccinated and we see lower transmission rates and prevalence of the virus in our communities, we can begin to think about gathering in person again.  Until then, and consistent with CDC guidance, they do not recommend holding in person union meetings. Additionally, they will not be sending any NSS employees to attend any in-person meetings.



The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) which was to be held in January 2021 has been canceled due to the COVID 19 virus.  The COVID 19 restrictions placed on the hotel and guests contributed to the cancellation. The SAC Board made this decision for the health and safety of all involved. 



NRLCA and USPS Sign MOU Concerning Annual Leave Carryover for Leave Year 2021

The NRLCA and USPS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing that for leave year 2021, regular work force career employees covered by the USPS-NRLCA Agreement may carry over 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from leave year 2020 to leave year 2021.  That is an additional 80 hours of leave we may carryover for a total of 13 weeks permitted to be carried into 2021.


In all other respects, the ELM provisions for payment of accumulated leave are not changed because of this Memorandum.


Should you be planning on retiring before January 2, 2021 (the beginning of the new leave year), your maximum cash out on annual leave will still be 55 days.  However, if you are planning on retiring between January 2 and December 31, 2021, your maximum cash out on annual leave will be 65 days.  Of course, this is dependent on how many annual leave days you have earned but have not used on the actual date of your retirement. 

This MOU will expire December 31, 2021.



The March 23, 2020 MOU which temporarily expanded the use of Sick Leave for Dependent Care and implemented a liberal leave policy has been extended to March 26, 2021.

The MOU expanded the use of Sick Leave for Dependent Care to allow employees to use their sick leave for unexpected childcare needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to allowing Sick Leave for Dependent Care, for the next 60-day period , managers and supervisors should allow liberal changes of schedule in recognition of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To the extent operationally practicable, managers and supervisors should accommodate employees who submit PS Form 3189, Request for Temporary Schedule Change for Personal Convenience as a result of childcare issues caused by daycare closures, school (Pre-K through Grade 12) closures, or the unavailability of a child 's primary caregiver as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Managers and supervisors should also allow liberal sick leave usage for employees who are sick, and liberal annual and leave without pay (LWOP) usage to the extent operationally feasible during this time period . If an employee requests leave for reasons related to COVID-19, such leave should be treated as scheduled (as opposed to unscheduled) leave.


    Assistant Rural Carriers (ARC) MOU 13

           and Implementation Guidelines


Due to the continued increase in parcel volumes throughout the country, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) have agreed to modify Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 13 of the 2018-2021 USPS-NRLCA National Agreement and the corresponding Assistant Rural Carriers (ARC) Implementation Guidelines cited in the MOU.

These modifications/updates have been agreed upon primarily to allow for expanded scheduling of ARCs during the week to provide assistance with the delivery of parcels and for these employees to be appointed in any office with rural delivery. ARC appointments will no longer be restricted to offices receiving Sunday Amazon.

We are asking everyone to make sure that the managers in your office are aware of this extended use of the ARC position.  This MOU gives the USPS another avenue to hire ARCs in any office. With peak season just around the corner, we must do our part to see that management is doing their job to hire a sufficient number of leave replacements.



The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided employees with two additional types of leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave, and Expanded Family and Medical Leave for child care needs. This leave benefit became effective April 1, 2020, and continues through December 31, 2020.

Since the introduction of the new leave types, the Office of Personnel Management has provided official guidance that leave payments under the FFCRA are not eligible for retirement and Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) deductions.

If you took leave under FFCRA, any deductions withheld for TSP or retirement as a result of FFCRA leave will be refunded to you in pay period 20-2020, retroactive to April 1, 2020. Retirement refunds will show on your October 2, 2020, paycheck. These refunds will not impact creditable service time towards retirement eligibility.

If you wish to keep your retirement and TSP contributions, you must change your FFCRA leave to a different leave type. Contact your supervisor to request an adjustment of your FFCRA leave to annual or sick leave. These adjustments must be in line with leave policies, covered by earned leave balances, and be entered in AdjustPay before September 11, 2020, to prevent a refund of retirement and TSP deductions. Employees receiving the TSP refund can increase their TSP election for the remainder of the year. All TSP eligible employees may change their TSP election at any time during the year.

Additional details about the FFCRA and other COVID-19 information can be found on the special COVID-19 pages of the employee websites, Blue or LiteBlue.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for your professionalism, commitment, and all you do for our customers, your co-workers and the Postal Service. Stay Safe.

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


                             2021 nrlca calendars

We have a limited number of 2021 NRLCA calendars available.  If you are a member from Tennesse and would like one, please contact the State Secretary at 865-740-3162 (text or call) to request one.  A limited number is available and supplies will run out.

             Letter Carriers' Donor Drive


The coronavirus pandemic has forced the postponement of the previously scheduled May 9th "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

As an alternative, a special website has been created to assist those wishing to participate in the food drive to donate funds to their local food bank(s) to help the pantry purchase food.

If you would like to donate to a food bank in your community, go to:

1)  nalc.org/food

2)  Select your state

3)  Choose a food bank in your area

4)  Make a contribution