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Information about the rural mail carrier union: the National Rural Letter Carrier Association (NRLCA)


RRECS (Engineering Study)

The basis of the new rural carrier pay system: Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System (RRECS)


Details and documents about getting out of Dodge!

Rural Carrier Associates

Part time rural carriers, called RCAs, subs, and leave replacements.

Regular Carrier

Called Regs, or RCs, regular carriers are the face and backbone of rural mail delivery.

Other Resources

Find where to find things!


Important documents about the job.

Rural Mail Wiki

Information about this site, How to contribute. Templates.

Survival Manual

" 'Don't Panic.' It's the first helpful or intelligible thing anybody's said to me all day." --Arthur Dent

Bidding a Route

How to bid for a full time job.

Choosing a POV

Factors to consider when considering what/if you should buy a vehicle. POV stands for "privately owned vehicle."

RuralInfo, the website the union warned you about :)

a public forum for rural mail carriers


Rural Carrier Duties

Edit Book

Form # ???? Contains box by box listing for carrier's route

NRLCA History

From whence it came, hence it is.


Structure and titles of the NRLCA

Contributing Guide

How to contribute to this wiki.


Place to store page templates

NRLCA Constitution

The document that describes it all!

Regular Carrier Responsibilities

What you are required to do for your job


Management of rural routes.


What is this thing?

RRECS by the Numbers

What does RRECS mean for your route's evaluation?

Rubber Bands

For more than just slinging at coworkers?


Steps for filing a grievance


Details about the contracts for rural mail carriers

USPS Training

Survival Manual

What to expect from the USPS training regiment.

New Regular Carriers

Regular Carrier Responsibilities

Brand new regular? Don't expect much from the PO in the way of training

The 40 Hour Conundrum

Survival Manual

Evaluation time vs actual with overtime


National Level


State Level


Office Level


2018-2021 Contract


2021-2024 Contract



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Survival Manual

Frequently asked questions by RCAs:  Do I have to supply a delivery vehicle? Yes, even if you are in an all LLV office, it is possible you will have to use your own personal vehicle for delivery. Will the Post Office give me one of those snappy blue uni...


Contributing Guide

Admin: Change everything on and about the site.   Editor: Edit books, chapters, and pages.   Filler: Add to already created material.  Make comments.  After registering, a user has the "filler" role   Viewer: See information on the site.  No editing ...

Shadow Day

Survival Manual USPS Training

What is a shadow day?  What are the expectations?  When do they happen?   Typically your Shadow Day is chance for a first-hand observation of a regular carrier.  This should happen before you go to Academy, but it doesn't always pan out that way.  


Survival Manual USPS Training

How long is academy.  What material is covered.  What "isn't" covered?

Route Training

Survival Manual USPS Training

What to expect from your Reg.  Kick them in the pants if they try to sabotage you!

Edit Book Updates

Regular Carrier Responsibilities New Regular Carriers

How to do edit book updates.  how to submit them.  What if they aren't returned timely?

Case Equipment and Labels

Regular Carrier Responsibilities New Regular Carriers

Rules on what size spacing.  Rules on Labels and label guards.  Rules about names on labels, etc.

Evaluated Pay

Survival Manual The 40 Hour Conundrum

Typically, rural carriers are paid under an "Evaluated" pay system.  Regardless of the actual time spent delivering the route, the carrier is paid the evaluated time.  This can be a great boon:  a carrier working UNDER evaluation is paid more hours than they a...

Overtime Pay

Survival Manual The 40 Hour Conundrum

Application Paperwork

Survival Manual

All the documents required to obtain an RCA position   Background Check You will have to pass a background check to work for the Post Office I *think* a felony disqualifies you???    

RCA Health Insurance

Survival Manual

RCAs can now get health insurance

The Matrix

Survival Manual

What is the matrix? Why is it important? How/when can it be updated? Where are the references in the contract/m-38?  

Probation: The First 90 Days of Employment

Survival Manual


Survival Manual

Decoder ring for some of the alphabet soup ladled up at the Post Office DPS --> Delivery Point Sequencing.  Letter mail sorted into delivery order LLV --> Long Life Vehicle.  The iconic postal mail vehicle    

The BIG Picture

Survival Manual

How does an RCA fit into the Big Picture?   What a rural carrier does (job responsibilities)   What a rural carrier associate (RCA) does   Similar jobs in the other crafts (PSE and CCA)

Forming Form Formations

Survival Manual

A quick recap of important forms RCAs will encounter 2240 --> Daily Trip Log [[link here to more detailed exp/examples]]  

Analysis on the Forum

RRECS by the Numbers

A whole sub-forum dedicated to the new evaluation system.  Forum users are quite active, and will do their best to answer any questions posted. RRECS Detailed Calculations  

Office Steward

Structure Office Level

A Local carrier who has been elected by peers to the the steward for the office. TODO:  Flush out here1) How is election ran, link to constitution2) Involvement with grievance, cross link to grievances3) Chief steward (if applicable)4) Z time5) Diff b/n regul...