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Expedited to Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS)

The Post office is testing a new program called Expedited to Street/Afternoon Sortation in an effort to reduce morning office time for city carriers. This is scheduled to begin on July 25, 2020 and will run from 30-60 days in select offices. Because this test is meant to be a change for city carriers and clerks this may affect mail distribution for rural carriers in offices where the tests are being conducted. To find out if your office is included in this test or to read further details on what ESAS is, please visit the National Website at nrlca.org
The following MOUs have been extended between the Postal Service and the NRLCA until September 25, 2020:

Temporary Paid Sick Leave for RCAs
Temporary Expanded Sick Leave for Dependent Care During COVID 19
Temporary Expanded Scheduling of Assistant Rural Carriers(ARC)
Temporary Workplace Changes to Promote Social Distancing -COVID-19
Scheduling of Regular Rural Carriers on Sundays and on other Rural Routes

For more information or to read about each of the temporary MOUs please visit the NRLCA website at NRLCA.org

National Convention Canceled

In order to protect the safety and health of its members the National Board has decided to cancel the 2020 National Convention. If you would like to read more about how the Board came to their decision please visit the NRLCA website. The next National Convention will be held in Orlando Florida beginning August the 16th 2021.


Your National Board and NSS representative(s) have received numerous concerns pertaining to carriers working in close proximity in offices across the country. Your National Board agrees that the social distancing recommendations of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are important measures which should be practiced as much as possible to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Some of those social distancing recommendations for the workplace include increasing physical space between workers, staggering work schedules, limiting large work-related gatherings and reducing or eliminating travel. With that in mind, the NRLCA and the USPS have agreed to a MOU with temporary changes to promote social distancing. The terms of this MOU will minimize the possibility of exposure to the coronavirus or the possibility of unknowingly spreading the coronavirus to a larger portion of the workforce.
The changes are limited to those listed in the MOU. There should be no other contractual or work rule changes associated with this MOU. It is important that the local parties (i.e., district representatives, local stewards and postmasters, or their designees), immediately discuss potential scheduling and office set up changes which would create a work environment that promotes social distancing. It is imperative that if staggering work schedules are considered, the lower evaluated routes, i.e., auxiliary routes be scheduled later in the morning. Communication with the carrier(s) is important prior to changing reporting times to keep from disrupting their personal situations such as day care or other time sensitive responsibilities to the extent possible.
To read the MOU in its entirety please visit NRLCA.org. If you have questions or your office intends to implement any of these changes please notify your local steward, Assistant District Representative or District Representative.


MESSAGE from Joyce Patteson NRLCA Distirict Representative:
It is the responsibility of each post office, station, and/or branch to provide adequate disinfectant cleaning supplies (including disinfectant wipes) gloves, masks and hand sanitizer. If your office is failing to provide you with the above mentioned items please send an email to Joyce.Patteson@nrlca.org. We need to ensure the safety of our rural carrier family and other employees as well.
Take care, be safe, be well, and protect yourself.
Joyce Patteson


With the passage of the recent stimulus bill, it became apparent that the White House and our Legislators do not really think postal workers are truly essential. Instead of the nearly $30 billion that postal management and the unions requested to keep the Post Office afloat, all the stimulus bill had for us was to raise the amount the Post Office can borrow by $10 billion. NRLCA President Ronnie Stutts, on a conference call with myself and all the other state presidents, indicated how disappointing this "help" is, and is urging all rural carriers to immediately flood our Senators and Representatives with calls demanding that the Post Office receive the necessary assistance to continue to do our "essential" jobs. I have copied below a sample script that members can use when calling: Representative/Senator, As a constituent and postal employee, I am very disappointed Congress failed to help the USPS. During this unprecedented time, it has become clear that the Postal Service and its employees are essential to the economy and the American public. We are at the forefront of this pandemic, delivering testing kits, prescription medicines, and basic necessities all while trying to keep ourselves and our families safe. It was disheartening to see that you would provide billions of dollars in financial relief that benefits huge corporations but ignore the Postal Service and its employees. Call the U.S. Capitol operator to be directed to your Senator or Representative at 202-224-3121. What the sample script does not mention, and that you could certainly add, is that we are also currently involved in the vital census counting, and that more than half of the country votes by mail, which could have a major impact on them getting re-elected. There are estimates that without some real help, the Post Office could be insolvent by June, and where would that leave our rural customers, for many of whom we are their only lifeline in these times? Our jobs are in jeopardy. Make those calls, now. Our voices must be heard.
Kurt Eckrem, WARLCA President


Hello WARLCA members, The National Office has advised the State Boards today (March 16, 2020) that it is also appropriate for local units to postpone their meetings to a later date. The Board has therefore decided that postponing the county meetings is the best course of action. The Board is asking that the current County Officers continue in their position until a county meeting is safe to be held, following all DOL guidelines on advance meeting notices. Those county officers that have reserved venues for your county meeting should cancel those reservations. There is so much conflicting information going around right now, and that adds to the confusion and uncertainty. Many of you are worried about your friends and family, as well as your jobs. We urge you to frequently check at nrlca.org for any updates that might impact your workplace, and that you take those precautions you find necessary to keep yourself and your family healthy. As more information becomes available, we will pass it along. Thank you and stay strong. Your WARLCA State Board

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