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                SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE (SAC) HAS BEEN CANCELED

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.

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    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.

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                             FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

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.
 

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New EMA Rate - Effective September 26, 2020 (Pay Period 21-2020)

 

On September 11, 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August 2020 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 200.83, an increase from the May 2020 Index of 187.467. Therefore, based on the August 2020 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for rural carriers will increase 5.0¢ to 70.5¢ per mile.

This EMA rate will be effective September 26, 2020 (Pay Period 21-2020).

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             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

 

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