The 2022 Federal Health Benefits Plan Open Season Begins November 14, 2022 and ends December 12, 2022

Congratulations Member of the Year
Kris Skewis


Kris Skewis joined the Postal Service as a rural carrier associate in 1992. She first took the postal exam in 1990 while working at McKenna Care Facility and was eventually called for Yelm Post Office where she laughs that she initially failed the driving test and wasn’t hired. Two short months later, she received a call from the Lacey Post Office and was hired in Lacey. When I asked Kris if she was hired for a POV (privately owned vehicle) route, she said, “All rural routes were POVs!” Kris transferred to Yelm in 1994 and became a regular carrier in May 1999 after being an RCA for seven years and one month. Kris said, “I knew every route in Yelm. Back then, we had no DPS (delivery point sequence mail), no LLVs (long life vehicle) and now I have three times as many customers, that’s a lot of changes in 30 years!” Kris has served on route 4 for 23 years which provides service to 810 delivery points over 16 miles, where Kris jokingly says, “All but one of those customers like me!” In 2004, Kris became an Academy Instructor, where she was the first person to work with new hires, to teach them the various duties of a Rural Carrier. Kris reapplied for the position of Academy Instructor under the new program and to this day continues to facilitate a positive learning experience for new rural carrier associates and assistant rural carriers. Not only does she assist through the Academy program, but she is also an OJI, On-the-Job Instructor. Often Kris travels to other offices to spend 24-40 hours with a new hire that is fresh out of Academy to provide the carrier with hands-on training in their assigned office. She has worked with new hires from Lynden to Longview and Montesano to North Bend. Kris has been very successful in training correctly which leads to a high retention rate. Kris enourages new hires to join the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and informs them of the many benefits of membership. Kris attends all of her county unit meetings, Western States Conferences, and attended her first National Convention in 2019 in Grapevine, Texas. She has been elected Mutual Counties Secretary-Treasurer for the last 13 years. Not only has Kris provided invaluable service to the Postal Service, the rural carrier craft and members of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, but she has significantly contributed to her community. Kris has been involved with Girl Scouts of America since 1994 until 2020 when unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down camps that Kris volunteered at. Kris hopes to begin participating in Girl Scout programs again as her granddaughter is just becoming old enough to join. Kris and her husband have raised three successful daughters, with one of them also working at the Yelm Post Office. Kris enjoys spending time with family and her three beautiful grandchildren. The Washington Rural Letter Carriers’ Association is honored to call Kris Skewis their Outstanding Member of the Year.

Regulars Working Other Routes and Sundays

The Postal Service and the NRLCA have signed the attached MOU regarding two temporary modifications to the USPS-NRLCA National Agreement. Beginning Sunday, August 7, 2022, and continuing through February 24, 2023, regular rural carriers may volunteer to work on Sunday to deliver packages and may also volunteer to provide service on rural routes other than their assigned routes in the office. Regular rural carriers will be compensated at the overtime rate for hours worked on Sunday and for hours performing service on routes other than their assigned routes.
Regular rural carriers will not be required to work on Sunday or serve all or part of any other rural route. Regular rural carriers must volunteer to perform these additional services.
Prior to working volunteer regular rural carriers on Sundays or on other rural routes, management must comply with the scheduling provisions of the National Agreement.
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The NRLCA and USPS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing that for leave year 2022, regular work force career employees covered by the USPS-NRLCA Agreement may carry over 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from leave year 2021 to leave year 2022. In all other respects, the ELM provisions for payment of accumulated leave are not changed because of this Memorandum. This MOU will expire December 31, 2023