Carrier The Vol. 108, No. 5 National Rural Letter INSIDE THIS ISSUE: USPS Offers Another Early Retirement President CantrielвЂ™s Congressional Testimony Free Saturday Provisions May 2009 THE NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIER Official Monthly Publication of the NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERSвЂ™ ASSOCIATION Established in 1903 1630 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314-3467 Tel: 703-684-5545 Web Site Address вЂ” www.nrlca.org The TABLE OF CONTENTS NATIONAL OFFICERS Don Cantriel, President Jeanette Dwyer, Vice President Clifford D. Dailing, Secretary-Treasurer Joey C. Johnson, Director of Labor Relations Ronnie Stutts, Director of Steward Operations Robert T. Horne, Executive Committeeman Tel: 229-228-6111 P.O. Box 7930, Thomasville, GA 31758-7930 Susan Knapp, Executive Committeeman Tel: 845-956-1117 P.O. Box 599, New Hampton, NY 10958-0599 Steven L. Traylor, Executive Committeeman Tel: 217-532-2166 P.O. Box 520, Hillsboro, IL 62049-0520 Don Maston, Executive Committeeman Tel: 661-266-3879 P.O. Box 902710, Palmdale, CA 93590-2710 LEGISLATIVE STAFF Paul Swartz, Director of Governmental Affairs Kevin P. Talley, Asst. Director of Governmental Affairs Anthony Vilardo, PAC Manager Ken Parmelee, Senior Advisor for Governmental Affairs 183 Hot News 184 187 From the Desk of President Don Cantriel NRLCA Congratulates Long-Term Employees; New Director of WorkersвЂ™ Compensation Step 4 Settlement on 2008 Mail Count Lady Carrier Club Offers Graduate Scholarship New EMA Charts Released Long-Term Disability & Life Insurance Open Enrollment 188 191 192 194 WORKERSвЂ™ COMPENSATION Devin Cassidy, WorkersвЂ™ Compensation Specialist 703-684-5545 Mike Watson 503-653-2911 (Oregon) RURAL CARRIER BENEFIT PLAN Clifford D. Dailing, Director of Health Programs Lawrence J. Waligora, Manager of Health Programs 1630 Duke Street, 2nd Floor Alexandria, VA 22314-3467 Tel: 703-684-5552 CLAIMS INQUIRY Rural Carrier Benefit Plan, P.O. Box 668329, Charlotte, NC 28266-8329 800-638-8432 RURAL CARRIER AUTO AND HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE PLANS Shirley Corno, Plan Director, 13736 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 Service: 800-325-1190 вЂ” Claims: 800-325-1088 Sales: 888-325-7727 вЂ” Homeowners: 866-366-4607 EDITORIAL STAFF вЂ“ NATIONAL OFFICE Jeanette Dwyer, Editor Melissa Ray, Managing Editor/Advertising Clifford D. Dailing, Associate Editor Barbara McAdams, Auxiliary Editor POSTMASTER: SEND CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO: 1630 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314-3467 The National Rural Letter Carrier (SSN 0028-0089) is published monthly, by the National Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association, 1630 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3467. Periodicals postage paid at Alexandria, VA and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to The National Rural Letter Carrier, 1630 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 223143467. It is a monthly publication for 112,000 members of the NRLCA, providing news and information for regular, substitute and retired carriers, RCRs & RCAs, the Auxiliary and Juniors. The NRLCA magazine is provided under the requirements of the NRLCA Constitution automatically to each member. It is available to surviving spouses at the rate of $20 per year and to non-rural craft persons who meet the NRLCA guidelines at the rate of $150 per year. These rates became effective January 1, 2009. Carrier National Rural Letter 195 196 198 200 205 Provident Guild Nominations Open for 2009 PAC Hall of Fame National Convention Delegate Ballot Question Box Legislative Report 206 207 209 210 211 218 220 Auto Insurance Report Membership News Membership Analysis In Memoriam March PAC Contributions National Auxiliary Advertisements FEATURED ON THIS MONTHвЂ™S COVER Texas wildflowers outside the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, home of the 2009 National Convention. Photo by Managing Editor Melissa Ray. HOT NEWS N ATIONAL A UXILIARY USPS to offer another voluntary early retirement (VER) T he Postal Service recently received approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to offer another voluntary early retirement (VER) to eligible employees nationwide. This offer is open to rural carriers who meet the OPM conditions, and who are at least 50 years of age with 20 years of creditable federal service or any age with 25 years of creditable federal service. The effective retirement date of this VER is July 31, 2009. The age and years of service criteria must be met by this date. If you donвЂ™t meet the criteria by July 31, you are not eligible for voluntary early retirement. If you are VER-eligible, you will have received an annuity estimate and a VER offer packet in the mail in early April. Read through the information provided and in conjunction with the annuity estimate, make a decision whether voluntary early retirement is the best option for you. ItвЂ™s important to note that required documents must be postmarked by May 15, 2009 and received at the Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSSC) to take advantage of this VER offer. After May 15, an employeeвЂ™s voluntary choice to retire becomes irrevocable (cannot be withdrawn) under this VER. After your Acknowledgement of Irrevocability and Application for Immediate Retirement forms are received at the HRSSC, you will be mailed additional forms required to complete the retirement process and information needed to schedule May 2009 your retirement information session. The effective retirement date will be either May 31, June 30, or July 31, 2009, depending on the selection made by the VER-eligible employee. As a reminder, a voluntary early retirement is just thatвЂ”voluntary. Like the previous VER offered in 2008, there will be no financial incentives offered. Please see the October 2008 National Rural Letter Carrier, pages 478-485, for a comprehensive Q & A relating to early retirement. If retirement is part of a near-future plan for you, make sure to get all the information you need to make an informed decision. VER Information Sessions While Local Services wonвЂ™t have any additional information regarding VER eligibility lists, Postal Service HQ and the HRSSC will work together to coordinate and set up information sessions to provide opportunities for Q & A dialogue. VER Information Sessions include reviews of eligibility requirements, the pre-established timeline and the Retirement Seminar DVD. Watch for local announcements within your District on times and locations. HRSSC Assistance Please note that where the VER is concerned, the HRSSC cannot verify whether employees are on the eligibility listing or discuss individual questions/concerns until an application for early retirement is submitted and approved. 183 From the Desk of NRLCA President Don Cantriel Congressional Meetings I n March, I met with three Congressmen on Capitol Hill to speak with them about issues important to rural letter carriers. I was joined by members of the NRLCA legislative staff. Over lunch, I met with Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and we discussed the resolution he introduced to preserve 6-day mail delivery (H. Res. 173). He expressed his support for a number of our other issues as well. Following lunch, I met with Rep. John Tanner (D-TN) about the Postal ServiceвЂ™s retiree health benefits obligations (H.R. 22). While on the way to our final meeting, I stopped in to see Chairman Ed Towns (D-NY) and we briefly discussed the upcoming hearing in the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and District of Columbia, where I testified on behalf of NRLCA. (See below to read excerpts from the testimony.) Following this, I met with Rep. Ike Skelton (DMO). He continues to offer support for our issues. The meetings were very successful and the opportunity to speak to these legislators one-onone proved essential to advancing our issues and cause as rural letter carriers. Congressional Testimony on USPS Finances O n Wednesday, March 25, I testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and District of Columbia at a hearing entitled, вЂњRestoring the Financial Stability of the U.S. Postal Service: What Needs to be Done?вЂќ The subcommittee, chaired by Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA), is examining how the nationwide economic downturn, coupled with technological trends, has produced declining volumes and revenues for the Postal Service. Also testifying were Postmaster General Jack Potter, Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Dan Blair, USPS Board of Governors Chairman Carolyn Gallagher, USPS Inspector General David Williams and the presidents of the seven postal union and employee organizations. The testimony can be viewed on the NRLCA website (www.nrlca.org). 184 The following is an excerpt from that testimony: Chairman Lynch, and members of the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, my name is Don Cantriel, and I am President of the National Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association (NRLCA), representing 123,000 bargaining unit rural letter carriers. I would like to extend my thanks to the Committee for scheduling a hearing on Restoring the Financial Stability of the Postal Service. I ask that my full testimony be submitted for the record, while I give a brief summary of my statement. Mr. Chairman, as the NRLCAвЂ™s National President it is in our membersвЂ™ best interests to work toward the creation of a financially stable Postal Service. Toward this end, our union has been working together with the Postal Service to establish revenue-generation programs, along with ways to reduce the costs of the USPS. One revenue generating program we use is called The National Rural Letter Carrier The presidents of the four postal employee unions are sworn in before presenting their testimonies. From left: APWU President Bill Burrus, NALC President Bill Young, Mailhandlers President John Hegarty and NRLCA President Don Cantriel. вЂњRural Reach.вЂќ To date, the rural carrier craft has already generated $26 million dollars for the Postal Service, and we fully expect that by the end of the first full year to exceed $30 million dollars in revenue for the Postal Service. Our union is the only union that can claim that actual employee wages вЂ“ what an employee takes home in his or her paycheck every two weeks вЂ“ is in large measure based on mail volume. Every year, rural routes are evaluated, and rural carrier salaries are established based on the work per- resent. This year, the NRLCA had a four-week mail count during last two weeks in February and the first two weeks in March. Official results from this recently completed mail count are not available, but we are once again expecting rural route evaluations to go down вЂ“ not up. The point I am making is quite simple. Our people are hurting. They are making less money or, in some cases, opting to work an additional day to make the same amount of money. It is pretty simpleвЂ” reductions in rural route evaluations translate into direct savings to the Postal Service. If mail volume declines chances are very good that the Postal Service will be paying our members less because there will be less mail to deliver and collect each day. Never let it be said that rural carriers are not doing their part to help the company. We have been doing it for decades with our evaluated compensation system. If the business falters, labor costs вЂ“ at least rural letter carrier labor costs вЂ“ are adjusted downward. Every postal employee we represent knows вЂ“ in the pocketbook вЂ“ what it means for the company to be challenged by declining mail volume. The Postal Service can save literally hundreds of millions of dollars if routes are evaluated when mail volume is low. But this annual adjustment mechanism does not stop with salaries. Most rural letter carriers still provide their own delivery vehicle for which they are paid an equipment maintenance allowance вЂњNever let it be said that rural carriers are not doing their part to help the company.вЂќ formed each day during the evaluation. Mail volume is a critical factor in the salary setting process. During boom times for the Postal Service, rural carriers can see an increase in their route evaluations. Until recently, route evaluations generally went up due to increased mail volume and an expanding customer base. Unfortunately, our last two mail counts resulted in significant reductions in rural route evaluations, impacting tens of thousands of rural letter carriers and causing their salaries to be lower. Last year, in a two-week mail count, rural routes served by our members lost anywhere from 2 to 12 hours of pay each week. Each evaluated hour is worth more than $1,500 per year so you can see how declining mail volume dramatically affects the men and women we repMay 2009 185 (EMA). EMA is adjusted (FSS) to purchase prescripquarterly by measuring tion drugs, it would save the fluctuations in the CPI-W USPS roughly $250 million Transportation Index. In a year. other words, EMA payA second savings opportuments to rural carriers go nity for the Postal Service down when costs вЂ“ includincludes having the Office of ing the cost of fuel вЂ“ go Management and Budget down. These regular (OMB) allow the USPS to adjustments have recently apply for the Medicare Part resulted in significant cost D subsidy, resulting savings savings for the Postal would be approximately Service as gasoline and $240 million per year for the automobile prices have USPS. dropped sharply. The most important piece President Cantriel answers questions posed by the Committee. Our union, like the other of legislation Congress postal unions during the should enact is H.R. 22, last contract negotiations cycle, lost some ground introduced by Representatives John McHugh (Ron health benefit costs and now pay a larger per- NY) and Danny Davis (D-IL). The USPS is sadcentage of health insurance premiums. Our mem- dled with an ambitious payment schedule to prebers now pay more while the employer contribu- fund its retireesвЂ™ health benefits. This is an obligtion to federal employee health benefit premi- ation no other corporation or government ums, as a percentage of total costs, is lower. As agency is required to pre-fund. The last health care Administration required this provision to be costs for busiincluded for one simple purpose вЂ”to make the nesses and PAEA budget neutral. corporations In 2006, when the PAEA became law, pre-fundcontinue to ing retiree health benefits fund seemed feasible. rise, our union Mr. Chairman, that was then, this is now. In members will 2008, the USPS posted a revenue net loss of $2.8 pay an addibillion, and volume was down 9.5 billion pieces. tional 4 per- In 2009, the USPS is predicting to lose in cent of FEHB upwards of $6-8 billion in revenue, and faces a p r e m i u m s declining mail volume of 12-15 billion pieces. over the life of Enacting H.R. 22 is vital. In no way am I advoour current cating the USPS to stop making payments for collective bar- future retireesвЂ™ health benefits вЂ” far from that. I gaining agree- want the USPS to continue to pre-fund its future ment. This is retireesвЂ™ health benefits. It is my members who Subcommittee Chairman Stephen Lynch listens another exawill benefit from a fully funded retireesвЂ™ health to the testimonies. mple of how benefits fund. I am asking only that Congress our bargaining unit has provided additional savallow the USPS to have access to the retiree ings to the Postal Service. health benefits fund now, to help pay for its curMr. Chairman, there are additional ways rent retireesвЂ™ premiums. By doing this, Congress Congress can act to help the Postal Service would help alleviate some of the financial burden achieve financial stability. If the Postal Service was on USPS, and give it a fair chance to survive the permitted to use the VA Federal Supply Schedule current economic climate. Thank you. 186 The National Rural Letter Carrier NRLCA Congratulates Long-Term Employees for their Service Top row, from left: Assistant to the President Mary Louise Baltimore, RCBP Accountant Sandy Chaney, and Senior Advisor of Governmental Affairs Ken Parmelee. Bottom row, from left: Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Westry, Manager of Insurance Programs Larry Waligora and NonFederal Plans Administrator Jenny Cooke. T he National Board asks the NRLCA membership to join them in applauding NRLCA Headquarters staff with individual service of 20-plus years. A huge вЂњcongratulations!вЂќ and a special вЂњthank you!вЂќ for many years of dedicated service go to: EMPLOYEE Mary Louise Baltimore, Asst. to the President Annette вЂњSandyвЂќ Chaney, RCBP Accountant Ken Parmelee, Sr. Advisor of GovвЂ™t Affairs Barbara Westry, Asst. to the Secretary-Treasurer Larry Waligora, Manager of Insurance Programs Jenny Cooke, Non-Federal Plans Administrator HIRE DATE YRS October 18, 1965 April 1, 1973 October 1, 1983 April 9, 1984 September 30, 1985 February 27, 1989 OF SERVICE 44 36 26 25 24 20 The knowledge, experience, and devotion of long-term employees like these help the NRLCA to continue to be a strong and vital force for its membership. NRLCA names New Director of WorkersвЂ™ Compensation In April 2008, Devin Cassidy was hired by the NRLCA as the WorkersвЂ™ Compensation Specialist. Working closely with Director of WorkersвЂ™ Compensation Thomas Markey, Devin spent most of his first few months studying the Federal EmployeesвЂ™ Compensation Act (FECA) and its federal regulations. He also spent a good amount of time learning about federal compensation laws May 2009 and regulations. After becoming well versed in the compensation laws, he began assisting with several projects involving the compensation laws and benefits received by some of our members, including the Rural Carrier Pay Adjustment which affected rural carriers who were receiving compensation benefits before a retroactive contractual pay increase was awarded to all rural carriers. In March 2009, after the resignation of Thomas Markey, Devin was promoted to the position of Director of WorkersвЂ™ Compensation. Devin and his family reside in Alexandria, VA. In his spare time, he enjoys baseball, football and motorcycles. 187 Step 4 Settlement on 2008 National Mail Count 188 The National Rural Letter Carrier S hortly into the 2008 national mail count the National Office started to receive calls with concerns of low volume. Just a few days following the mail count there were numerous calls of concern about mailings with in-home delivery dates for the mail count period that were now being received after the mail count. The National Board decided that a national level grievance needed to be filed to address this mail flow issue. Shortly after filing the national level grievance, an all call went out to the state stewards to gather and provide the National Office with documentation so that a full investigation could be conducted by the National Board. After receiving the doc- May 2009 umentation from the field, many hours of research up to and not limited to contacting mailers and tracking mail from entry point to delivery by the carriers was invested by the National Board. The burden of proof with a contractual grievance lies with the union. The union needed to prove that management manipulated the mail flow, mainly the requested in-home delivery dated mailings during the 2008 national mail count. Although we had a tremendous amount of documentation provided from the field on dated mailings, we were unable to prove that management was the cause of these dated mailings arriving outside of the in-home requested delivery dates. 189 2008 National Mail Count Settlement continued 190 The National Rural Letter Carrier Lady Carrier Club Offers Scholarship for Graduate Study О¤ he Lady Carrier Club is proud to announce the Application and supportive material must be received twelvth annual scholarship for graduate school. The by July 1, 2009. scholarship honors the pioneering efforts of Ms. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of need and Georgiana Peet-Miller. In 1946, most rural carriers were desire to pursue a career as outlined in the application. The male; at the 43rd National Convention six lady carriers met for tea and sodas and formed the Lady Carrier Club. recipient is allowed to receive only one scholarship. All supEach year this group holds a luncheon on Tuesday at the portive documentation must be received to support the host city of the National Convention. The purpose of this scholarship application. group is fraternal and is not political in nature. The club established the scholarship in 1995, and the first scholarship was GEORGIANA PEET-MILLER SCHOLARSHIP awarded in 1996; the scholarship is awarded to a deserving individual meeting all Name__________________________________ Age_____________ criteria set by the club. Address_______________________________________________________ If you are interested in the scholarship, complete the application and attach all ______________________________________________________________ City State Zip Code supportive documents as requested and mail to: Name of college where undergraduate degree obtained: Carlon Hollis Scholarship Chairman ____________________________________________________________ 132 Hollis Lane Address_______________________________________________________ Sterlington, LA 71280-3030 ______________________________________________________________ City State Zip Code Completed applications must be received by July 1, 2009. Name of graduate school_______________________________________ Georgiana Peet-Miller Scholarship Rules The Lady Carrier Club will award a $1,000 scholarship for graduate school. The scholarship shall be awarded to the son/daughter, grandchild, spouse, or member in good standing. вќЃ No age limit required. вќЃ Applicant must show proof of acceptance to a qualified graduate program. вќЃ Applicant must provide proof of undergraduate degree. вќЃ Applicant must be child/grandchild/spouse or carrier with membership in the NRLCA. вќЃ The Lady Carrier Club shall be caretakers of the award. вќЃ The scholarship award will be payable to the graduate school the recipient is attending and not paid directly to the applicant. May 2009 Address_______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ City State Zip Code Name of NRLCA Member_______________________________________ Check one: Mother_____ Father_____ Self _____ Spouse_____ Grandparent _____ Check one: Regular _____ Retired_____ Relief _____ PTF _____ State in which membership is held:____________ Attach a brief essay on why you desire to pursue further education with stated goals. Provide any information that substantiates a special financial need. * APPLICATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 1, 2009. * Mail to: Carlon Hollis, Scholarship Chair, 132 Hollis Lane, Sterlington, LA 71280-3030 Anyone wishing to make a donation to the scholarship fund may send a donation to the scholarship chairman. Membership dues are $5 annually. If attending the annual luncheon at the National Convention, dues are included in the price of the luncheon ticket. 191 NEW EMA CHART RELEASED 192 The National Rural Letter Carrier EFFECTIVE APRIL 11, 2009 I n accordance with the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.3 of the USPS/ NRLCA National Agreement, effective April 11, 2009 (Pay Period 09-09), the equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) will decrease from 53.0 cents per mile to 51.5 cents per mile, or a minimum of $20.60 per day, whichever is greater. Auxiliary Rural Carriers, Rural Carrier Reliefs, Rural Carrier Associates, Rural Carrier Part-Time Flexibles, and Auxiliary Assistance: Employees providing auxiliary assistance or serving auxiliary routes under the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.5, will receive EMA of 51.5 cents per mile or $5.75 per hour, whichever is greater. The EMA will not exceed the amount provided in the special EMA chart for route stops and miles. May 2009 193 New and Improved Long-Term Disability Income Insurance Disability Insurance and Life Insurance As an eligible member of the National Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association, you will have an Open Enrollment W opportunity to select disability coverage thatвЂ™s best suited for your needs. Sample premiums are listed below. How Much Do I Need? Life Insurance A lengthy disability can be devastating, and is more common than you might think. It can result in a loss of income, independence and financial security. Consider how long your savings would pay for: Mortgage or rent Credit cards and car payments Groceries/clothing/utilities Insurance (medical, life, auto, home) During this enrollment period, you may also purchase Voluntary Term Life (VLT) coverage up to 5 times your annual salary or $100,000, whichever is less, without any medical questions or exams. You may also enroll your spouse for $50,000 and child(ren) for $10,000 of coverage. ith todayвЂ™s uncertain economy, coupled with the possibility of an unfortunate life event, now is the time to get back to basic financial planning. It is imperative that you take control of your financial securityвЂ”which includes owning disability and life insurance from United of Omaha, a Mutual of Omaha Company (A+ rating from A.M. Best). Your ability to earn an income may be your most important asset. Most people wouldnвЂ™t think twice about insuring their home, automobile or health. However, many do not recognize the need to insure their income. According to LIMRA, an insurance industry association, 12 percent of households would immediately have trouble meeting everyday living expenses after several months. Disability insurance from United of Omaha pays you cash benefits when youвЂ™re sick or hurt and canвЂ™t work. Open Enrollment May 1-June 30, 2009 Enrollment kits will be sent to you with the long-term disability and life insurance premiums already calculated. Just select the options that are right for you, and then return the completed enrollment and allotment forms in the enclosed self-addressed envelope. Important eligibility guidelines You must be an active member of the NRLCA working 20 hours per week and able to perform all normal duties of your job. Dependent insurance (spouse and/or children) may also be available, but only when you, as the member, also select coverage for yourself. 194 Sample Premiums Voluntary Term Life, Age 48 Coverage Amount Bi-Weekly Premium $25,000 $3.46 $50,000 $6.92 $75,000 $10.39 $100,000 $13.85 This is a one time offer for вЂњNo Questions AskedвЂќ life insurance (Guaranteed Issue). If you do not enroll on or before the end of your initial enrollment period and wish to apply for coverage at a later date, evidence of insurability will be required for any amount of coverage. Call 1-800-606-1071 x303 or go to www.bjaassociationbenefits.com for complete information. The National Rural Letter Carrier The Provident Guild is an Organization for the Young and Old by Sarah Smith P erhaps over the years you have seen magazine articles, or have been approached by your state representative of the Rural CarriersвЂ™ Provident Guild about joining the guild. If you did and you investigated the guild and joined, thank you for your time. But if not, please read on. I have heard many carriers say things like вЂњI already have life insuranceвЂќ or вЂњI am not worried about death yet, IвЂ™m too young.вЂќ I urge those persons to reconsider for the following reasons: вќЌ The Rural Carriers Provident Guild (RCPG) is not life insurance; it is a death benefit for rural carriers, run by rural carriers. вќЌ You are never too young to join the guild; however, 56 is too old. вЂњFraternalism at Its BestвЂќ вЂњAre you preparing your family in the event of your death?вЂќ вќЌ вќЌ вќЌ вќЌ вќЌ вќЌ At the time of your passing, your beneficiary will receive immediate payment of your minimum award. Life insurance can take time to be collected. All union carriers under 56 are eligible, including RCAs and PTFs. All spouses of the above-mentioned who are younger than 56 are eligible as well. RCPG members do not need to continue working for USPS, merely continue to pay dues to retain membership. If you join the RCPG as an Auxiliary member and your spouse (the carrier) passes away first, you are still a member as long as you pay your dues. Rural CarriersвЂ™ Provident Guild James Norman 5836 Forest Rd. Bedford, VA 24523-4143 Please give us the facts on Benefits available for our Age and Class. The Provident Guild is a non-profit, Fraternal Organization created and operated by Rural Carriers, for our membership to give your survivors an amount of READY CASH for those days when routine procedures of the courts and legal action tie up your estate at death. My date of birth is _____________________ If you are under the age of 56, clip and mail this coupon TODAY and receive further details on how you can help your survivors. ____________________________________ City State Zip Code May 2009 SpouseвЂ™s date of birth __________________ Name _______________________________ Street ______________________________ 195 Nominations now open for 2009 PAC Hall of Fame F or the eighth year, the National Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association is prepared to honor a member who supports the Political Action Committee (PAC) in an exemplary manner. In 2001, a committee of five active PAC chairs assembled to propose the requirements for the award: PAC Chairs Dennis Nelson, Wisconsin (Hall of Fame inductee 2008); Walker Allen, Oklahoma (Hall of Fame inductee 2003); Van Heath, North Carolina; Barbara Mihan, Idaho (Hall of Fame inductee 2006); and Lee Cutright, Illinois (Hall of Fame inductee 2004). Below are the requirements of this award. PAC Hall of Fame The following process will be used to select one (1) recipient each year for induction into the National Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association PAC Hall of Fame. The NRLCA will provide a plaque, and possibly another appropriate gift to be awarded to the person selected. The NRLCA shall also maintain another plaque which will include the engraved names of each yearвЂ™s inductee. This plaque will normally remain at the National Office except during our National Convention, when it will be on display at the PAC table. Nomination Any NRLCA member may place into nomination the name of their stateвЂ™s prospective PAC Hall of Fame inductee. The nominee may be actively serving as a PAC chair, may have held the position in the past, or may be an individual contributor. Nominations will be forwarded to the vice president of the NRLCA. All nominations must be received no later than two (2) months prior to the opening session of the National Convention. Nominations must be received in the office of PAC Manager Anthony Vilardo no later than the end of May. Selection The NRLCA vice president (or designee) will select members of a committee which will consist 196 of three active PAC chairs plus two representatives from the national office. A PAC chair who has been nominated for induction into the PAC Hall of Fame may not serve on the selection committee. The NRLCA vice president (or designee) will assign a number to each nominee so that the committee members do not know the names of the nominees. The National Office will provide all of the necessary information that is available to the members of the committee. The NRLCA vice president (or designee) may also request that additional information be provided by the nomineeвЂ™s state president. An inductee will be chosen by a majority vote of the committee members. Criteria (PAC chair) Major consideration will be given to the following: 1. Years of service 2. Amount of PAC funds collected (primarily the rate of per capita contributions) 3. Consistent performance 4. Improvement (from year to year and compared to previous PAC chair) Other qualities to be considered: 1. Other positions held in the Association 2. Awards received (union and Postal Service) 3. Years as a union member 4. Community service (Individual contributor) 5. Total amount of PAC contributions over an extended period of time. Presentation of award The president of the National Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association will honor the most deserving candidate by inducting him/her into the PAC Hall of Fame during the business session of the National Convention. The National Rural Letter Carrier 2008 PAC Hall of Fame winner Dennis Nelson At the 104th National Convention held in Lexington, KY last August, the PAC Hall of Fame Award was presented by National PAC Chair Gus Baffa to WIRLCA PAC Chair Dennis Nelson. Reprinted here is that presentation. GUS BAFFA: This is the seventh year for our PAC Hall of Fame. With each passing year, it becomes more difficult to select from the many deserving nominations. This yearвЂ™s winner began his career with the Postal Service in 1977 as a 73 Substitute. He has served in various posts in his county, local, and state board, including state president. In 1994, he became his stateвЂ™s PAC chair and, through the years, has raised more than $200,000 for PAC. His colleagues will testify that he has always been on the cutting edge of PAC fundraising. At each state convention, delegates await what new and exciting fundraising idea he has come up with. WeвЂ™re told, even though weвЂ™d rather not see it, that he once wore a swimsuit to raise PAC funds. For his outstanding and dedicated service to both the NRLCA and the NRLCA PAC, I am extremely pleased to announce this yearвЂ™s PAC Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Dennis Nelson from the state of Wisconsin. (Cheers and applause) DENNIS NELSON: This is quite an honor. I didnвЂ™t even know that I had been nominated, so it caught me off guard. I wore my finest suit. (Laughter) I hope that whoever did nominate me actually said something that was true. I think thatвЂ™s probably unlikely since I was, in fact, selected. (Laughter) One thing I know that was not true, they mentioned about me wearing a swimsuit? ThatвЂ™s not correct. They threw me in with my clothes on. (Laughter) Anyhow, I really am without words here. I would like to thank the selection committee and particularly the members of the Wisconsin delegation. Thank you. All in all, the state PAC chairmen are really just the ones that pass the hats around and if it werenвЂ™t for the stateвЂ™s members and auxiliary, that hat would never get filled up and our Political Action Committee would not be supported. So thank you very much. I sure appreciate it. (Applause) PAC Manager Anthony Vilardo (left) and PAC Chair Gus Baffa (right) induct Wisconsin PAC Chair Dennis Nelson into the PAC Hall of Fame. For information on this yearвЂ™s National Convention August 18-21 in Grapevine, TX, see the 2009 pre-convention issue of the National Rural Letter Carrier being mailed in mid-May. May 2009 197 N ATIONAL C ONVENTION D ELEGATE B ALLOT Convention Delegate Nominations Appearing below is Section 3 of Article VI of the Constitution of the National Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association. It sets forth in detail the election procedures for delegates to the national convention. This article complies with labor laws which require that national delegates must be elected by direct vote of the membership. In accordance with Section 3 of Article VI, a nominating ballot appears below: вЂў You may nominate yourself or someone else as a candidate for delegate to the national convention. вЂў Mail your SIGNED ballot to your state secretary whose name and address appear on the opposite page. вЂў Nominations must be in the office of the state secretary at least forty (40) days prior to the opening of your state convention. Article VI вЂ” Section 3 Delegates A. Eligibility 1. Each state association shall be entitled to representation by one delegate for every 100 members or major fraction thereof and one Delegate-at-Large. Membership shall be based on the number of dues withholding and cash pay Bargaining Unit and Retired Members. In order for a state to receive credit for cash pay members, dues must be received no later than the close of business on the first day of the Convention. 2. Only Bargaining Unit Members and Retired Members in good standing may be nominated, elected or seated as delegates. Such вЂњgood standingвЂќ status shall be the sole prerequisite for determining eligibility or entitlement to service as a delegate or to any payment or benefit, except that a state may establish reasonable rules to ensure attendance at the Convention. 3. A member who from the time of nomination through the end of the convention holds any position in USPS management or a job which competes with the USPS or this Association shall be ineligible to serve as delegate. B. Nomination 1. Within each state association, nominations for National Delegate shall be submitted by U.S. Mail to the Secretary-Treasurer on a nominating ballot or copy. The nominating ballot shall be signed and show the name and address of the member making the nomination, and may include self-nomination. The nominating ballot shall be published in the February, March, April and May issues of The National Rural Letter Carrier. 2. Nominations must be received in the office of the State Secretary at least 40 days prior to the opening of the state convention. Upon receipt, the State Secretary shall send a notice of nomination to the candidate by U.S. Mail. C. Elections 1. A member must be on the rolls at least 40 days prior to the opening of the state convention in order to be eligible to vote for National Delegates. 2. The State Secretary shall prepare a ballot listing the candidates for National Delegate. Instructions on each ballot shall include the number of delegates to be elected, the deadline for return of the ballot and the mailing address of the designated post office box. The number of votes cast on each ballot shall not exceed the number of delegates to which the state association was entitled at the previous convention. 3. The State Secretary shall cause the ballot to be mailed to eligible members at least 20 days prior to the opening of the state convention. In addition, the State Secretary/ Designee shall arrange for the rental of a post office box for the receipt of the ballots and another for the return of undeliverable ballots. 4. An envelope marked вЂњBallotвЂќ shall be provided in which to seal the ballot. To permit verification of membership and to maintain the integrity of the voting procedure, an outer envelope, also marked вЂњBallotвЂќ which clearly identifies the name and address of the member, shall also be provided. The sealed envelope containing the ballot shall be placed in the outer envelope by the member and mailed to the designated post office box. 5. An Election Committee shall be appointed by the State President. No candidate for National Delegate may serve on the Election Committee. After the deadline for receipt of ballots, the Election Committee shall collect and tabulate the ballots at the state convention. The post office box designated for the return of ballots shall be accessible only to the Election Committee. 6. Any candidate or designee may observe NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE NOMINATING BALLOT I am a member of the ___________________ Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association. Name ___________________________________________________________ Signature ________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________ City ________________________ State _____________ Zip _______________ I hereby submit the name of: _________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________ City ________________________ State _____________ Zip _______________ as a candidate for delegate to the 2009 National Convention of the National Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ Association. To the best of my knowledge, the above nominee qualifies under the provisions set forth in Article VI, Section 3, as cited above. Mail to your state secretary listed on the following page. 198 The National Rural Letter Carrier the ballot tabulation. In reporting the results of the election, the candidates shall be placed on a roster in the order of votes received. The number of delegates to which the state is entitled shall be declared regular delegates; the remaining candidates shall be declared alternates. 7. Each state association shall be entitled to one Delegate-at-Large from the roster of elected regular delegates. That position shall be filled by a state officer in ranking order, beginning with the State President. A state officer may not be automatically declared a delegate by virtue of office unless elected b y direct vote of the membership. National-Paid Delegates shall be named in accordance with the plurality of votes received. 8. The State Secretary shall prepare credentials in duplicate for the Delegate-at-Large, regular delegates and an appropriate number of alternates immediately following the state convention and send originals to the National Secretary-Treasurer. The duplicate shall be provided to the delegate for identifi- cation. The stateвЂ™s seal shall be embossed on the face of credentials. 9. Delegates holding proper credentials shall be seated at the National Convention if their state has paid National Per Capita Tax for members in good standing. The National Secretary-Treasurer shall notify each state association of the status of its National Per Capita Tax at least two weeks prior to the National Convention. 2008 - 2009 State Secretaries Alabama Freddie Brannon 947 County Rd. 12 Headland, AL 36345-6337 Illinois Pete Harrington 2640 Sunnyview Dr. Illiopolis, IL 62539-3635 Arizona Michaela Richard 8150 E. Quill St. Mesa, AZ 85207-9731 Indiana Larry Gunnell 305 E. Sycamore St. Galveston, IN 46932-9782 Arkansas Sharon Goforth 200 Huddleston Ln. Batesville, AR 72501-9748 California Heidi Powell P.O. Box 902 Nevada City, CA 95959-0902 Colorado Donna Schmidt 1080 42nd St. SE Loveland, CO 80537-7573 Connecticut Norma Kryzanowski P.O. Box 181 Thomaston, CT 06787-0181 Delaware Carl Roock Jr. 497 Josie Ave. Dover, DE 19901-2800 Florida Lee Bryant P.O. Box 1150 Floral City, FL 34436-1150 Georgia Glynda Wurtz 410 Westwood Dr. Ellaville, GA 31806-3208 Idaho Lori Bennett 306 N. Dakota Ave. Fruitland, ID 83619-2413 May 2009 Iowa Rex Peterson 608 E. Main St. Belmond, IA 50421-1424 Kansas Jane Moore P.O. Box 126 McPherson, KS 67460-0126 Kentucky Donna Cissell 1484 Pine Creek Trl. Shepherdsville, KY 40165-7298 Louisiana Helen Webb 1244 Sam Webb Loop Noble, LA 71462-2451 Maine Hank Traver PO Box 433 Limerick, ME 04048-0433 Maryland Sharon Meusel P.O. Box 213 Joppa, MD 21085-0213 Massachusetts Steven McCarthy 2 E. Concord St., Apt. 1 Boston, MA 02118-1907 Michigan Lois Pilon P.O. Box 40 Bark River, MI 49807 Minnesota James Obermoller 184 Railroad Ave. Round Lake, MN 56167-9775 Mississippi Roger Clayton 500 State Hwy 30 W. New Albany, MS 38652-2405 Missouri Terrllyne Stockton 1279 Rehmert Rd. Bland, MO 65014-2125 Montana Debbi Propp 35353 County Rd. 128 Sidney, MT 59270-4232 Nebraska Nancy Caples P.O. Box 237 Firth, NE 68358-0237 Nevada Joan Reynolds 1110 E. Crystal Canyon Ct. Reno, NV 89506-6816 New Hampshire William LeBeau 5 Raymond Ln. Newmarket, NH 03857-2162 New Jersey Theresa Pratt 8 Catherine Ct. Sicklerville, NJ 08081-3806 New Mexico Arlene Macaw 3900 Crow Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88007-8948 New York Lois Bailey P.O. Box 787 Millerton, NY 12546-0787 Tennessee Rick Harris 1076 Scott Rd. Bethpage, TN 37022-8715 North Carolina Ronald Lineberger 3668 Startown Rd. Maiden, NC 28650-8722 Texas Pamela Smith 481 Pecan Dr. Burleson, TX 76028-6309 North Dakota Dorene Haugen 1707 Bonn Blvd. Bismarck, ND 58504-7014 Ohio John Aichholz 7303 S. Township Rd. #187 Attica, OH 44807-9424 Oklahoma Peggy Fox 49501 Hughes Rd. Alva, OK 73717-1194 Oregon Sandra Persons 43025 SE Oral Hull Rd. Sandy, OR 97055-6717 Pennsylvania Joseph Duschl IV P.O. Box 403 Schaefferstown, PA 17088-0403 Rhode Island Sandra Kennedy 43 Beverly Cir. Greenville, RI 02828-2720 Utah Blayne Butterfield 5174 Lowe Peak Dr. Riverton, UT 84096-6401 Vermont Deborah Benson P.O. Box 87 Grand Isle, VT 05458-0087 Virginia Debra Atwell 11100 Maiden Creek Rd. Abingdon, VA 24210-9356 Washington Becky Wendlandt 2811 N. Chase Ln. Liberty Lake, WA 99019-5002 West Virginia Kathryn Craig 420 Craig Dr. Walkersville, WV 26447-1700 South Carolina Keith Keller 380 Hickory Nut Rd. Inman, SC 29349-9239 Wisconsin Karen Schauer 5857 Prill Rd. Eau Claire, WI 54701-8215 South Dakota Kathy Hegge 25176 478th Ave. Garretson, SD 57030-5900 Wyoming Tammy Schrage 205 Hwy 20 N. Worland, WY 82401 199 Question Box: Free Saturday Provisions National Director of Steward Operations Ronnie Stutts T he Free Saturday rule is new to many rural carriers, since most carriers have been on K routes for several years. Congress first granted вЂњFree SaturdaysвЂќ to rural carriers because they were scheduled to work six days a week when other Postal Service employees were scheduled to work only five days per week. The provisions for this law were put into effect on February 1, 1947, and approved on April 30, 1947. The Saturday leave provisions were made part of the National Agreement at a later date and are currently found in Article 10, Section 4.A. The Saturday leave provisions still only apply to those carriers scheduled for work 6 days a week. A carrier assigned to an H route is entitled to the Saturday provisions on each Saturday provided the carrier meets the requirements. A carrier assigned to a J route is entitled to the Saturday leave provisions only when the J day does not interrupt the sick or annual leave period that would qualify the carrier to have the Saturday not charged to annual leave. A K route carrier is never entitled to the вЂњFree SaturdayвЂќ provisions, since they are not scheduled to work 6 days per week. The provisions governing Free Saturdays in Article 10, Section 4.A are as follows: Section 4. Saturday Leave A. The approved absence on a Saturday of a regular rural carrier, substitute, or rural carrier associate (*See note below) in a leave earning capacity, which occurs within or at the beginning or end of a period of annual or sick leave, shall be without charge to such leave or loss of compensation provided the appropriate leave balance on the Form 1223 (Earnings Statement) reflects at least 6 days of leave and the following conditions 200 are met: 1. There are more than 5 days of annual or sick leave within the period; or 2. There are more than 4 days of annual or sick leave plus a holiday (see Article 11) within the period. If a holiday falls on Saturday, which is a scheduled work day, absence on the preceding Friday shall be without charge to leave. If the leave period is 4 days or less, absence on Friday shall be charged to leave. 3. Interruption during the approved period of annual or sick leave by court leave due to circumstances beyond the employeeвЂ™s control shall not disqualify the carrier for coverage as provided in 1. or 2. above. B. Upon request, a rural carrier shall be granted annual leave or leave without pay on Saturday, at the carrierвЂ™s option, provided a leave replacement is available. *Rural Carrier Associates in a leave earning capacity on auxiliary routes (Designation 79) do not qualify for Free Saturdays. Note: The appropriate leave balance on the check stub (Form 1223) must reflect a minimum of 6 days leave (annual and/or sick) to qualify for the вЂњFree Saturday(s)вЂќ. Relief day other than Saturday for вЂњFree SaturdayвЂќ Provision The situation is a bit more complex for the Jroute carrier with a relief day other than Saturday. When a carrier on a J route has a relief day other than Saturday, the вЂњFree SaturdayвЂќ provisions will be applied as follows: (1) If leave is taken during a period of Saturday through Saturday of the week which includes the relief day, the carrier would be charged 6 days The National Rural Letter Carrier annual leave. (As an example, assume that Monday, June 8 was the relief day (J day) and the carrier is on annual leave from Saturday, June 6 through Saturday, June 13. The continuity of his or her period of leave is broken by the J day. Therefore, he or she would be charged with 6 days of annual leave. (2) If the same carrier takes leave for the period of Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20, which does not include his or her relief day, he or she would be charged for only 5 days annual, since Monday, June 15 is a scheduled work day and not the relief day. **The above example would be the same regardless of the relief day taken other than Saturday. (See example with this article) The rule of thumb is no matter what day of the week is taken for the relief day other than Saturday, you cannot utilize the relief day within a period of leave to obtain a Free Saturday. ***Remember, it has to be mutually agreeable to both the regular carrier and the manager to have a relief day on a day other than Saturday on a J route. Leave taken for the purpose of the Free Saturday does not have to be in the same pay period. The pay system will calculate the Free Saturday when it overlaps into another pay period. ** вЂњOвЂќ & вЂњXвЂќ codes cannot be used and will cause you to lose the Free Saturday(s). In addition, using codes вЂњFвЂќ or вЂњPвЂќ will result in annual leave being charged for the Saturday(s), because code вЂњFвЂќ and вЂњPвЂќ are actual work days. вЂњZвЂќ codes cannot be used because the system cannot differentiate between 8 hours accumulated for a Z day and a full day taken for official steward work. DACA code (4) for a day of reflection also cannot be used for a вЂњFree Saturday(s).вЂќ Caution should be taken when taking annual leave for the purpose of the Free Saturday provision. If you are unsure, have your manager refer to the F-21, Chapter 5. May 2009 PS Form 3971 It is imperative that rural carriers fill out a Request For Leave Form (PS Form 3971) for the entire period of requested leave. Even though the Saturday(s) are free, the PS Form 3971 should reflect requested annual or sick leave for the Saturdays. Effect of Holidays If a Holiday falls within the period of five otherwise chargeable days, the leave balance is reduced by only four (4) days, and there is no leave charged for the Saturdays within or at the end of the period. When the leave period ends on a Saturday, which is also a Holiday, the preceding Friday is considered to be the Holiday. Both Saturdays are free, and the leave charge is four (4) days. The situation is a little different if the first day of the leave period is a Saturday and also a Holiday. To take full advantage of the free Saturday provision, it would be necessary to begin the leave period on the preceding Friday. The Friday would be considered the Holiday, and the Saturday would be free, and five (5) days annual leave would be charged. If the leave period began on Saturday instead of the Friday, five (5) days would still be charged. Coding Free Saturdays on the Time Card Caution should be taken when coding the time card for the вЂњFree Saturday(s)вЂќ. Even though the Saturday(s) will not be charged to annual leave, the time card must be coded as annual leave or sick leave for the Saturdays. An вЂњX or OвЂќ cannot be coded on the time card for the Saturday. This will interrupt the вЂњFree SaturdayвЂќ necessary period of leave. Free Saturday Examples With the results of the 2009 National Mail Count in and with the realization that there will be more J and H routes than there have been since the 2008 mail count, situations that we have not dealt with in the case of K routes have suddenly come to the forefront. The most significant of which is the issue of вЂњFree SaturdaysвЂќ 201 and how they apply to the H and J routes. The following information is being provided to assist carriers in dealing with annual and sick leave and how best to utilize the provisions of the contract that allow for вЂњFree Saturdays.вЂќ Public Law 8044, enacted in 1947, allowed rural carriers to take leave for a week or more without being charged for the absence on Saturdays. These provisions have been continued in the USPS/NRLCA National Agreements. the holiday falls on Saturday this year, the scheduled Holiday is the preceding day, Friday, July 3.) The system is programmed to recognize when the вЂњFree SaturdayвЂќ provisions apply and will charge leave accordingly. The carrier is only charged 4 days of annual leave. Below are examples of H and J routes and how вЂњFree SaturdaysвЂќ apply for the upcoming Fourth of July Holiday in 2009. Below is an example of a вЂњJвЂќ route that takes annual leave from Saturday, June 27, 2009 through Saturday, July 4, 2009. In this example the вЂњJвЂќ day falls on Saturday, July 4, 2009. The carrier would only be charged for 4 days of annual leave since Saturday, June 27 was a scheduled work day and Friday, July 3, 2009 was a scheduled Holiday. (Note: Since the Holiday falls on Saturday this year and Saturday, July 4 is the carrierвЂ™s scheduled вЂњJвЂќ day, the scheduled Holiday is the preceding day, Friday, July 3.) The time cards would be annotated as follows: FREE SATURDAY FOR UPCOMING FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY, 2009 H ROUTE: Below is an example of an H route that takes annual leave from Saturday, June 27, 2009 through Saturday, July 4, 2009. In this example the carrier would only be charged 4 days of annual leave. The time cards would be annotated as follows: * Note Saturday, July 4 is in PP 15. This will not cause a problem. Also keep in mind that the time card is annotated with annual leave for all days excluding the Holiday on Friday, July 3. (Since 202 J ROUTE: (SATURDAY RELIEF DAY ON EITHER END OF THE SCHEDULED LEAVE) * Note Saturday, July 4 is in PP 15. This will not cause a problem. To qualify for вЂњFree Saturday(s)вЂќ the leave does not have to be in the same pay period. Also keep in mind that the time card is annotated with annual leave for all days excluding the Holiday on Friday, July 3, and the scheduled вЂњJвЂќ day on Saturday, July 4, 2009. The The National Rural Letter Carrier system is programmed to recognize when the вЂњFree SaturdayвЂќ provisions apply and will charge leave accordingly. The carrier is only charged 4 days of annual leave. In the above example, if the вЂњJвЂќ day had been on Saturday, June 27, 2009, the carrier would still only be charged with 4 daysвЂ™ annual leave since the Holiday falls on Saturday and the preceding day (Friday, July 3) would be the carrierвЂ™s scheduled Holiday. J ROUTE WITH RELIEF DAY OTHER THAN SATURDAY (MONDAY): The situation is a bit more complex for the вЂњJвЂќ route carrier with a relief day other than Saturday. The examples below show a вЂњJвЂќ route with a relief day on Monday. The example below shows a carrier on a вЂњJвЂќ route with a relief day on Monday, June 8 of the first week of Pay Period 13, 2009. The carrier takes annual leave from Saturday, June 6 through Saturday, June 13 which includes the Monday relief day. The time cards would be annotated as follows: first week of Pay Period 13, 2009. The carrier takes annual leave from Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20 which does not include the Monday relief day. The time cards would be annotated as follows: *Note in the above example the continuity of the annual leave is not broken by the Monday вЂњJвЂќ day. Therefore, the carrier would only be charged with 5 days of annual leave. ** Keep in mind you must have a leave balance of at least 6 days on PS Form 1223 (Earnings Statement), to qualify for the Free Saturdays. The following DACA codes will not break the continuity for a Free Saturday on J, H, or M routes: Annual Leave DACA code A Sick Leave DACA code S Donated Leave DACA code D Court Leave DACA code 6 (New Code) Holiday Leave DACA code H All other DACA codes will not qualify for a Free Saturday. *Note the continuity of the annual leave is broken by the Monday relief day вЂњJвЂќ day. Therefore the carrier would be charged with 6 days of annual leave. The example below shows a carrier on a вЂњJвЂќ route with a relief day on Monday, June 8 of the May 2009 203 Question Box on Relief Day Work List ARTICLE 8: HOURS OF WORK period regardless of the route classification. Section 5. Relief Day Worked Q An RCA is the successful bidder on a route and the effective date of the assignment will be two (2) weeks after the first full pay period in May. Can this RCA sign the RDWL? A. The relief day work list at each delivery unit shall be established twice during each guarantee period. Each time the new relief day work list is established it shall supersede the previous list. All regular carriers, regardless of route classification, No. RCAs are not eligible to sign the desiring to work their relief days shall place their RDWL. The employee must be a regular names on the relief day work list. rural carrier during the designated period for The first opportunity to sign the relief day work list will be two weeks prior to the beginning of the establishment of the list. new guarantee period. The second opportunity to sign the relief day work list will be two If a carrier signs the RDWL when assigned weeks prior to the beginning of the first full to an вЂњHвЂќ route, that carrier is not pay period in May. (*Note: This year this is available to work, as there is no relief day April 25.*) When a regular rural carrier is needon an вЂњHвЂќ route. How will this carrier be ed to work a relief day, due to the unavailability of affected with regard to the administration a leave replacement, the Employer will: of the RDWL if the route becomes a вЂњJвЂќ or вЂњKвЂќ? 1. Select carriers on the list, in order of seniority on a rotating basis, to work on the relief day. The carrier was not able to work (no relief day) during the normal rotation when it 2. If the need still exists, the Employer will accept volunteers from regular carriers not on the was necessary to utilize the RDWL to work regulist before requiring regular carriers not on the list lar carriers on their relief day. Once the route to work the relief day. Such requirement will be by becomes a вЂњJвЂќ or вЂњKвЂќ classification, the carrier will then be selected to work his/her relief day in juniority. the normal rotation. *** This section was changed to establish a Relief Can a carrier who is injured on duty Day Work List (RDWL) twice during each guar(IOD), sign the RDWL? antee period. Each RDWL supersedes the previously established list. In addition, all regular rural carriers may sign the RDWL regardless of whether A carrier who is injured on duty may sign the assigned route has a relief day at the time the the RDWL during the designated period carrier signs the list. regardless of whether he or she is working a limited duty assignment, but would be bypassed in the A carrier is currently assigned to an вЂњHвЂќ normal rotation while unable to perform the full route. Can this carrier sign the Relief Day duties of the assigned route. Work List (RDWL)? A Q A Q A Q A 204 Yes. All regular rural carriers are entitled to sign the RDWL during the designated The National Rural Letter Carrier FERS Sick Leave Legislation Clears U.S. House Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs Kevin Talley I t is important to accrue sick leave throughout employment to ensure that you have a buffer in case of serious illness or injury, but what happens to all those hours at retirement? When the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) was enacted in 1986, legislators designed it to be different from the system that was then in place, the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). A major difference, which has become more apparent in recent years, is the use of unused sick leave at retirement. CSRS employees are able to save sick leave throughout their careers and factor that time when calculating their annuities. For example, if you have 29 years of service and a year of sick leave saved up, your annuity would be calculated for 30 years. But what about the FERS employees? The use-it-or-lose-it system now in place has proved ineffective, wasteful, and unfair to those employees who should be rewarded for making sure they are prepared for all situations. As a result, many believe that FERS employees will use more of their sick leave as they approach retirement (resulting in productivity losses) than their CSRS counterparts. This costs the government about $68 million a year. FERS employees comprise an increasing percentage of the federal workforce, and by 2014 virtually all federal employees are expected to be in FERS. The House of Representatives has examined this issue over the past few years and is ready to make some changes so that most federal and all postal employees are able to get credit for their unused sick leave. Three bills have been introduced on the subject, and two have already passed the House floor. The two that have passed, H.R. 1804 and H.R. 1256, include many other provisions and are awaiting Senate action. We are anticipating movement over the coming months. H.R. 958 has also been introduced this Congress, by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Rep. Frank Wolf (RVA). This is a bill specifically dedicated to the issue at hand and currently has 40 co-sponsors at press time. The bill would вЂњmake unused sick leave creditable, for purposes of the Federal EmployeesвЂ™ Retirement System, in the same manner as provided for under the Civil Service Retirement System.вЂќ We are encouraging all NRLCA members to contact their members in the House to urge them to sign on to H.R. 958. If you have questions about the issue or if you would like to see if your member is signed onto the bill, please visit our Government Affairs section at the national website (www.nrlca.org). Other Items of Interest Contained in H.R. 1804 Thrift Savings Plan Changes -Automatically enrolls new employees in the TSP G fund -Creates a Roth 401(k) option -Gives TSP Board flexibility in creating new funds and investment opportunities May 2009 205 Drivers are Stress-Free after an Accident with SmartValet Director of the GMAC Rural Letter Carrier Vehicle Insurance Plan Shirley Corno M illions of people experience auto accidents each year and many are faced with the added stress of picking up the pieces during the aftermath. With GMAC InsuranceвЂ™s SmartValet, drivers donвЂ™t need to face the daunting tasks of finding alternate transportation and managing their repairs alone. SmartValet1 is a service designed to take care of all the transportation details when a customer is involved in an automobile accidentвЂ”from rental car delivery and pick up of the damaged car to returning the repaired vehicle back to their doorstep. The benefit is immediately available free of charge to all policyholders nationwide with rental coverage. SmartValet offers pick-up of the customerвЂ™s or claimantвЂ™s2 damaged carвЂ”even if itвЂ™s still drivableвЂ”and drop off of a rental car. From there, drivers can choose to have GMAC Insurance deliver their damaged car to a repair shop within the companyвЂ™s premier direct repair network (if available in their area) to ensure the highest-quality repairs with a lifetime guarantee. As always, customers can specify the body shop of their choice3. Other insurers offer limited roadside assistance and concierge-style benefits, but most restrict their help to only certain aspects of the recovery processвЂ”for example, delivering a rental car to the accident scene, but requiring the driver to drop it off when picking up their repaired vehicle. GMAC Insurance goes one step further with SmartValet, delivering the repaired car back to the customer. вЂњAs an insurance company, itвЂ™s our job to make the entire experience after an accident as comfortable as possible,вЂќ said George Hall, vice president Claims, GMAC Insurance Personal Lines. 206 вЂњDrivers shouldnвЂ™t have to worry about finding alternate transportation, getting their damaged car to a repair shop and then picking up the fixed vehicle. GMAC InsuranceвЂ™s SmartValet takes that unnecessary burden off their shoulders, so they can focus on getting back to their lives.вЂќ The Rural Letter Carrier Vehicle Insurance Plan is the inside connection for auto insurance. Rural letter carriers should never have unanswered questions when it comes to auto insurance. If you have questions about your current policy, or would like a free quote call 1-888-3257727, or visit www.gmacinsurance.com. ### Available nationwide through select repair shops. Applies to covered comprehensive or collision claims. Must have rental reimbursement coverage. 1 2 GMAC Insurance policyholders must have rental reimbursement coverage. If you are not a GMAC Insurance policyholder, coverage and liability must be determined before this service can be delivered. 3 Not all repair shops offer the SmartValet service. 4 This guarantee does not extend to radiators, A/C condensers, windshields, and routine maintenance parts, such as batteries, spark plugs and oil filters. В© 2007 SmartValet, SmartParts and SmartServices are service marks of GMAC. В© 2007 GMAC. All Rights Reserved. GMAC Insurance is a registered service mark. The National Rural Letter Carrier Congratulations to the following rural carriers who have achieved membership milestones in the NRLCA: Membership News Above & Beyond 60-year members: Willard E. Allen, Iowa William E. Bray, Arkansas Charles H. Davis, North Carolina Lee E. Harrington, Iowa James E. Hope, New York Hubert W. Moehle, Missouri Richard H. Nichols, New York Kenneth J. OвЂ™Neill, New York Robert H. Parker, Iowa Gerald R. Schafer, New York Ralph W. Seifert, New York Jesse A. Wright, New York 60 50-year members Frank V. Arra, New York Lee R. Bakker, Iowa Ronald F. Bouton, New York Francis A. Enos, Missouri Charles E. Hallock, Michigan Maurice M. Jones, Wisconsin Roscoe D. Lane, Missouri Admah Lanier Jr., North Carolina Carroll J. Lindsey, Missouri Jack M. McQueen, New York Marlin J. Moeller, Iowa Homer E. Pruden, Missouri George S. Reeder, Iowa Raymond A. Reinders, Iowa Robert E. Rogers, Iowa Robert W. Schlapkohl, Iowa Max D. Strang, Iowa Gerald E. Thomas, Missouri Adelbert D. Whittle, Iowa Leon J. Youngblood, New York 50 May 2009 Manager of Post Office Operations Richard Wynn presents Cove, AR rural carrier Troy Dickison with a certificate expressing the appreciation of the Postal Service for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of a customer. The July sun had pushed the temperature past the 100degree mark on the day Troy Dickison spotted an elderly man in a wheelchair on Polk County Road #32. A small puppy sat panting on the road beside him. The man was sunburned, disoriented and dehydrated. His wheelchair battery was dead. Dickison, a rural carrier for the Cove, AR post office, recognized the man as one of his customers whose home was about five miles away. With help from a passing motorist, Dickison made sure that the elderly man and his dog were returned home safely. On February 25, Manager of Post Office Operations Richard Wynn led a brief ceremony at the Cove post office to honor Dickison for his actions. Wynn presented him with a certificate expressing the gratitude and appreciation of the USPS for going above and beyond to ensure the safety of his customer. The ceremony was attended by all Cove post office employees. Cove Postmaster Elizabeth Super praised Dickison. вЂњHurray for mail carriers driving all those back roads, and knowing where they are. Thanks, Troy for 26 years of great service to the USPS, and going strong, we appreciate you.вЂќ 207 Membership News WashingtonвЂ™s Dynamic Duo say вЂњYesвЂќ to Retirement! etirement has its share of rewards and rural NRLCA Constitution Review Committee. carriers Patricia and Charles Alexander have Charles began his postal career in April 1979 and earned them with honor. The dynamic duo joined the union in 1980. He too was an active has served the Washington Rural Letter CarriersвЂ™ participant in the Whatcom County unit, holding Association (WARLCA) faithfully day in and day the positions of District 1 representative, vice presout, and it is rare that you see one without the ident and president. Charles was elected vice presother. Indeed, the couple even retired a day apart: ident of WARLCA and then was elected president. Patricia on October 31 and Charles on November Charles was an active member of the local 1. Now their time is now spent more leisurely. QWL/EI work team, becoming a facilitator and CharlesвЂ™s love of photography fits right in with Seattle DJSC member. He also was a member to the Western Area their shared interests of travJoint Steering Comeling, movies, plays, writing, mittee. reading, gardening, cookOn the national level ing, Scrabble, card games, Charles served as attending Association meetchair of the NRLCA ings, and being with their Credentials Comfamily. Their two children, mittee, chair of the Rick and Shelley, live nearby Constitution & Byand they are able to spend laws Committee and more time with them. as a member of Together, Charles and Steward Task Force 1. Patricia Alexander have Charles has also given a total of 61 years of dedicated service to the Charles and Patricia Alexander have given a total of 61 years of served as a local steward and assistant state Postal Service. Most impor- dedicated service to the Postal Service. steward. He is a tantly, though, are the years of service they have given to the WARLCA. Patricia patient, gifted leader and has mentored many began her postal career in April 1978 and joined stewards through his role as WashingtonвЂ™s state the union in 1980, beginning her active participa- steward. Many will also recognize Charles as a tion soon thereafter. Patricia held the positions of member of the Media Committee at the National Whatcom County secretary-treasurer and District Convention the past three years. His photography 1 representative and moved right into becoming a has added much pizzazz to the committeeвЂ™s local steward, assistant state steward and senior slideshows and presentations. Both Charles and assistant state steward. She was elected state vice Patricia have served as president of the Western president and then held the position of state pres- States Conference, 10 years apart. Together, they ident for five years. Patricia also participated at all received the distinction of WashingtonвЂ™s 2007levels of QWL/EI, first as a local work team mem- 2008 Members of the Year. ber, facilitator, Seattle DJSC member and National Charles and Patricia Alexander have given their Joint Steering Committee member. Patricia just heart and soul to the union for many years. The doesnвЂ™t say вЂњnoвЂќ to any opportunity to support WARLCA and NRLCA would like to thank them the union and the state of Washington was hon- for their dedicated service and wish them a happy ored when she was selected to serve on the and healthy retirement! R 208 The National Rural Letter Carrier May 2009 209 In Memoriam Julius G. Kamphuis, 91, of Holland, Michigan passed away February 17, 2009 at his home. He was born September 11, 1917 in West Olive. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army from 1941-1945, and received the Bronze Star. Julius was first a rural carrier in Holland and then retired from West Olive after 25 years of service. He was a 60-year member of the NRLCA. Julius was a member of Harlem Reformed Church and served as elder, deacon, superintendant and teacher in Sunday School and catechism. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Christine; three children; eight grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews. John E. Maloy, late 50s, passed away January 26, 2009 at Margaret Dozier Hospice House in Tallahassee, FL. He was a rural carrier for 15 years and an active member of FLRLCA District 8. In District 8, he was PAC chair for six years and Carrier of the Year in 2005. He attended many state conventions and the National Convention in 2002. John will be remembered as a man always willing to lend a hand to those in need and a family man. He is survived by his wife, Amber, of 36 years; a son (also a rural carrier) and three grandchildren. Wilford S. Penny, 77, passed away March 22, 2009 at Beacon Hospice at MargaretвЂ™s House in Longview, Texas. He was born November 20, 1931, in Linden. He began his postal career in 1949 as a sub for his father and retired from the Postal Service in 1988, having spent most of 37 years as a rural carrier in Linden, Marietta, and Hughes Springs, TX. He would always say, вЂњthe mail has to go with service and a smile.вЂќ Wilford served as secretary and president of Local 66 of the TXRLCA. In 1976, he was elected secretary to the state board of TXRLCA and held that position until 210 1985. In 1996, he was appointed editor of The Texas Carrier, and served in that position from 1996 through the June issue in 2008. At the 1997 National Convention, he was presented with the First Place Award for Best State Newspaper for 1996. He was also chosen as Retired Carrier of the Year for 2006. Wilford served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1956. He was a member of the Linden United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where he sang in the choir and was director of the MenвЂ™s Choir. He served for six years as mayor of Linden, was a member of the Linden Lions Club and was well-known in the area for his entertaining as вЂњWillieвЂќ in the Linden Lions Follies. He was preceded in death by his first wife and his parents. Survivors include his wife, Laura; two children; three sisters; three grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Homer вЂњGeneвЂќ Pruden, 87, passed away at his home on March 4, 2009. He was born February 25, 1922 in Arapahoe, NE. He joined the Army and served until 1945 in the Quartermaster Corp. He married Betty Davis on March 31,1943 and they had seven children. Gene became a part-time clerk and substitute rural carrier for the Adrian Post Office in 1948. He became a full-time carrier in 1957 and remained on Route 2 until his retirement in 1985. He became a 50-year member of the NRLCA in 2009. Gene was proud to be a rural carrier. Many of the children who grew up on his route remember that he gave candy and gum out on Saturdays. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty and four children, two of whom are employed with the Postal Service. Lyell Wagenveld, 95, a retired rural carrier from the Holland, Michigan area, passed away on March 14, 2009. Born on August 21, 1913, Lyell served the Postal Service for 30 years. He joined the union in 1937, earning him the distinction of being an NRLCA member for 72 years. The National Rural Letter Carrier March 2009 PAC Contributions Anthony Vilardo, PAC Manager T his issue of the magazine features those rural letter carriers whose generous cumulative contributions received in the National Office from July 15- March 31, 2009 reached the designated level below during the previous month. Please make all checks/money orders payable to NRLCA-PAC. March Aggregate 1 TX $6,183 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janis Cassens 2 NC $4,482 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Van Heath 3 OH $3,986 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ray Nichols Year to Date Aggregate 1 TX $27,552 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Janis Cassens 2 OH $25,207 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Raymond Nichols 3 IL $20,502 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emily Anderson March Per Capita 1 SD $3.45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Don Neumayr 2 ND $2.02 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Phillip Quick 3 WY $1.92 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kay Rose Year to Date Per Capita 1 OK $7.90 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Burl & Dru Webb 2 KS $6.83 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Ney 3 IA $6.53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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Baskets will be numbered and may be signed. Profits from the basket will go to the NRLCA PAC fund. The TVTime basket dimensions are 8вЂќ (W) x 6.25вЂќ (D) by 5.25вЂќ (front) and 7вЂќ (back height). The basket is warm brown in color with a primary trim strip of medium blue and a secondary trim strip of red. The trip strips are accented by eagle tack covers with an attached buckle. The cost of the basket is $110 ($100 for OH residents) and shipped by Priority Mail. If a protector is desired, add an additional $10 per basket (including OH residents). Make checks payable to Raymond Nichols and mail to: Raymond Nichols, 20915 Nichols Ln., Freeport, OH 43973. I would like to order: _____ baskets (Ohio) @ $100 each = _______ _______ baskets (all other states) @ $110 each = __________ _____ protector if desired @ $10 each = _________ (Shipping & tax included) Total: $_________ May 2009 217 N ATIONAL A UXILIARY A Program of Blessings 2008 - 2009 Officers of the Auxiliary of the NRLCA President Pat Gunnell 305 East Sycamore Street Galveston, IN 46932-9782 Tel: 574-699-7507 Vice President Rick Fox 49501 Hughes Road Alva, OK 73717 Tel: 580-327-1206 Secretary Joyce Newman 2935 150th Street Clarinda, IA 51632-4006 Tel: 712-542-8014 Treasurer Katie DeMeritt 6040 Metcalf Road Jeddo, MI 48032-3707 Tel: 810-385-4808 Executive Committee Chairman Barbara McAdams P.O. Box 66 Millport, AL 35576 Tel: 205-662-4258 Secretary Lucretia Nobles 230 McDilda Drive Lyons, GA 30436-5603 Tel: 912-526-6753 Member Kay Carter 80 White Oak Lane Plymouth, NC 27962-9556 Tel: 252-793-2313 218 вЂњMy WishвЂќ by Rascal Flatts Karleen Williams, Georgia Auxiliary President I n choosing the song, вЂњMy WishвЂќ by Rascal Flatts, our National President Pat Gunnell knew that the words could describe oneвЂ™s service as an Auxiliary member. Quoting the song, вЂњI hope you never look back but you never forget all the ones who love you and the place you left, I hope you always forgive and you never regret and you help somebody every chance you get.вЂќ By serving as an Auxiliary member, I have been privileged to meet people from throughout the nation who work hard and are very supportive of their rural carrier spouses. By joining with them I have learned more about the stresses and also the joys of being a carrier. In order to work with others, whether at the post office or in the Auxiliary, we learn to forgive and to help others. Our charitable project each year is also a great example of helping others. By purchasing project items from an Auxiliary member, we are helping children with life-threatening illnesses realize their dreams at the Give Kids the World Village. Another way to help someone is to be an organ donor. That is certainly an example of love and begins with registering with your state donor agency, designating yourself as a donor on your driverвЂ™s license and signing a donor card. The words of the song also say вЂњI hope you help somebody every chance you getвЂќ and this really describes one who chooses to be an organ donor. Toward the end of the song you find the words вЂњAlways give more than you takeвЂќ and this is what we as Auxiliary members must do if we expect to have a strong, united group. Many changes are coming for our group and we must remember the words in the song that speak of helping and loving others, of having our dreams stay big and our worries stay small. In closing, I quote the words of the song, вЂњIf one door opens to another door closed, I hope you keep on walking till you find the window, if it is cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smileвЂќ and by remembering these words, I believe we will remain a united group working for the good of all. The National Rural Letter Carrier N ATIONAL A UXILIARY ShelbaвЂ™s Story: The Gift of Life Shelba Kruse, Kansas Auxiliary Vice President M y вЂњGift of LifeвЂќ came August 27, 1997! In California, a dying 16-year-oldвЂ™s family made a decision that gave me a most precious giftвЂ¦the gift of life! In 1995, a developing health problem resulted in a diagnosis and prognosis of two very poor lungs, three years to live and complete oxygen dependency. Following tears, my husband and I concluded this was totally unacceptable. Exploring options for a better life, free of the horrible mental and logistical burden of oxygen tanks was a priority for me! Extensive testing began a 12-year-long relationship with the University of ColoradoвЂ™s Medical Center transplant team. As a lung transplant candidate, I went on the вЂњlist.вЂќ My health failing, I moved up the list. Waiting on that call to mobilize was tortuous! On August 26, 1997, an 11 p.m. phone call brought me one familyвЂ™s selfless gift of life, a new lung! My doctor flew to California for the lung and we were in Denver within three hours. Surgery was early the next morning. After being hospitalized for five days, and an outpatient for 2 months, I returned home to begin my renewed life. What has this gift of life made possible? A motherвЂ™s most heart-felt moments have become mine. I was in the audience for high school and college graduations. IвЂ™ll be sitting in the front row at my daughterвЂ™s wedding this June. And, the most precious gift of all was to hold my first grandchild, Gabriel! Irreplaceable moments all, made possible by a familyвЂ™s selfless donation. My letter was written to the donor family and, now, this article is in your hands for action. Please use it to make organ donation a consideration as your future вЂњGift of LifeвЂќ! President GunnellвЂ™s Program Barbara Hutchinson, Louisiana Auxiliary Member I was so happy when I learned of President PatвЂ™s program. I have taken care of children for most of my life. I had a daycare center for about 25 years. I had the privilege of watching the children as they grew and changed before my eyes. I have a nephew and a great-nephew that were diagnosed with leukemia. They are in remission now, thank God, so I know a little about lifethreatening illnesses. It is so great that someone loves children so May 2009 much and wants to see them filled with laughter and having fun. ItвЂ™s wonderful for them to have a safe place to stay and for their families to be able to relax and lose some of the stress that they live with constantly. Now is the time for us to make this project a priority in our lives. If you are blessed with healthy children or grandchildren, then let us work together so that the вЂњGive Kids A World VillageвЂќ will remain and many other children will be able to enjoy it. 219 Route Vehicle Sales & Mutual Transfers Advertisements Advertising in this column is available to NRLCA members in good standing for transfers or route vehicle sales only. The charge for each insertion is $25, which is non-refundable, with a maximum of 25 words. We reserve the right to edit your ad if it exceeds 25 words. Make check or money order payable to the NRLCA and send with your ad to NRLCA, 1630 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3467. Ads are published on a first-come, firstserved, space-available basis. The contents of the transfer ads below do not necessarily reflect the contractual language of the agreement between the USPS and the NRLCA. Mutual Transfers Need someone from OH-Akron, Canton, Alliance, Massillon, Canal-Fulton, Wooster area to move to Charlotte, NC area to complete 3-way transfer. Nancy, 704-526-8492 Bellevue, NE (Omaha, Offut AFB area) to within 100 mi. of George West, TX. 42J with growth. 402-2987344 and leave msg. Gainesville, FL to Western Orange County, Orlando area. Winter Garden, Ocoee, Clermont, etc. Want to be with new husband. [email protected] or 352514-5397 if interested. North Aurora/Chicago area to Tampa/Clearwater, FL. Great office, LLV, 48K, need to be near family. 773-706-7280 or [email protected] Indpls. IN to within 80 mi. of Wash, DC area. High growth area, all routes have LLVs, husband working in DC. 317-363-6869 Portland, OR area to Idaho: Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Emmett, Mtn Home, Ontario, OR or anywhere in the vicinity. 503-841-4349 or 208-353-0308 Stuart, FL to Southern/Central ME, 46K w/LLV, DPS. 772-871-7018 or [email protected] Kirklin, IN to Maysville, Paris, or Alexandria, KY, Georgetown or W. Union, OH. Nice, 2 route office. 606-375-0211 or [email protected] Elfrida, AZ, 116-mi. route, 252 boxes to within 50 mi. of Phoenix, AZ area. Desperately need to get out of area. 520-508-5844 El Reno, OK to Enid, OK or any surrounding area, very nice office to work out of. We have 5 reg. rts and 1 aux. LeaAnn, 405-295-6403 or [email protected] msn.com Vehicles for Sale 1982 DJ5 mail Jeep, 115K, 4-cyl, rebuilt Jasper trans. @ 77K, Dana 44 rear w/Posi, heavy duty strobe, many new parts, $2,000 OBO. 804-633-4429 or [email protected] -Milford, VA 1983 DJ5-new engine 10K, new trans, most parts are new. $3,000 OBO, 2006 Kia conversion kit, $500 used about 2 months. 913-433-6582 1988 fact. RHD Wranger 4x4, has extra set of rims & tires. Retired. 719-530-0607 -Salida, CO 1989 RHD Jeep Cherokee, white, 4WD, auto, 200K, runs good. $2,000. 770-924-4731 -Woodstock, GA 220 1993 RHD Mazda MPV AM/FM mail tray new engine & trans. $3,900. Lee, 404-819-6362 -GA 1993 Jeep Cherokee for route use w/Bright dual system. Also вЂ�92 parts Cherokee w/motor & trans. Call for details. Both $2,500. 205-486-7692 Haleyville, AL 1994 RHD Jeep Cherokee, red, 4WD, 2-dr, 6-cyl, mail tray, PW, AC, 198K, well-maint, ready for work! $3,000. RecвЂ™d LLV. 606-784-8843 -Morehead, KY 1995 RHD Subaru Legacy AWD, red, 142K, new head. Comes with spare parts car, 2 extra tires. $3,000 or take over payments with APCU. Got LLV. 845-292-8398 -Upstate NY 1995 Dodge Van, RHD conv., white w/red & blue stripes, new trans, brakes, tires, in good cond, mail tray. $7,000. 804-321-5711 -VA 1995 RHD red Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4, 4-dr, 75K, loaded, import from Japan, asking $8,995. 724-282-0648 -W PA 1995 RHD Jeep Cherokee 4x4, 77K, good cond, new tires, $8,500. 1999 RHD Saturn SWP, 308K, runs, $900. 402-759-0589 1996 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee, red, 165K, new tires, AM/FM. $3,000. 386-788-7130 -FL 1996 Subaru Legacy RHD, white, 160K, looks great, runs great. Over $2,000 in new parts. Price $4,500. 606-246-1903 -KY 1997 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee, green, 4WD, 50K, never been on rt. $10,800, can email pics. 269-876-6264 -Niles, MI 1997 RHD, AWD Subaru Legacy, 210K, runs great, well-maint, good shape, new tires, new trans, 130K, $3,300, one owner. 434-454-7407 -VA 1997 RHD Subaru Legacy AWD, runs great, needs work, $1,700. 517-652-4259 -Quincy, MI 1998 RHD Subaru Legacy, 128K, well-maint, $4,500. 302-740-4821 -New Castle, DE 1998 Jeep Cherokee 4x4, RHD, green, 240K, well-maint, $3,000. 715-257-9162 -Central WI 1998 RHD Cherokee 4x4, 217K, good cond. Rebuilt trans, replaced engine, $4,500. 609-9095026 1999 RHD red Jeep Cherokee 4WD. Been taken very good care of, carrier deceased, 155K. $4,000. Debbie, 704-663-1267 or 704-662-4905 (cell) Mooresville, NC 1999 RHD Subaru Legacy Wagon, 100K, excellent cond., $8,900. 570-439-2258, leave msg. -PA 1999 RHD Jeep Cherokee, brown, 4-dr, AM/FM/cass, exc. cond. 82.5K, well-maint. $6,000. 703-853-3702 or 703-853-3703 -Manassas, VA 1999 Jeep Cherokee, mail tray, 179K, 20K on trans. One owner, route ready. $8,000. 205-6882203 or [email protected] -Central AL 1999 RHD Saturn SW, PW, PL, AC, 133K, 1/2 route miles. Exc. cond. Rt. ready. Retired. 517767-4505 -So. MI 2000 RHD Jeep Cherokee, red, 145K. Wellmaint. Runs great, good cond. $7,500. Sunday, 586-202-5444 -Warren, MI 2000 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee, white, 175K, good condition, one owner, mail tray, retiring. $5,000. 850-997-4604 -Monticello, FL 2000 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee 4x4, 4-dr, all power. White. 148K, mail sign/tray available. $5,000 OBO. 304-676-1615 -WV 2000 fact. RHD Cherokee, white, 4WD, auto, heated mirrors, AC, well-maint, have mail shelf. Newer tires, recent brakes, $6,500. 831-6334126 -Central CA 2000 Jeep Cherokee RHD, 4WD, auto, air, cruise, 4.0 V6, PL, PW, 2 sets tires & wheels, looks & runs great, only 65K. Well-maint. Office got LLVs. 541-621-8389 -So. OR 2000 RHD Cherokee, 4-dr, 75K, 4WD, gold, new seat, new computer tray, weather shade, well-maint. $9,500 OBO. 573-286-0339 -MO 2000 RHD Jeep Cherokee 4x4, 156K, lots new parts, 56K on new trans. Clean & wellmaint. Records available. $7,200. 660-4765708 evenings or [email protected] -MO 2000 RHD Jeep Cherokee, white, 4-dr, 4WD, excellent shape, many new parts, 130K, $6,500. -304-937-3180 -WV 2000 fact. RHD Jeep, 6-cyl, 4x4, 141K, maint. records, $10,500. 417-257-7815 -MO 2000 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee, 59K, new trans. You name it, itвЂ™s been replaced. Got LLV. $8,000 OBO. 843-446-6327 -Myrtle Bch, SC 2000 RHD Cherokee, exc. maintenance, homemade mail tray, many extras, 4 new tires, call for details. $4,100. 417-998-6431 -MO 2001 RHD Saturn Wagon, AM/FM/CD & XM, runs good. 14K, $3,250. 203-675-6836 or [email protected] 2003 fact. RHD Jeep Wrangler, 56K, $9,000. 4WD, white w/black HT, AM/FM/XM/ cass, great cond. One owner, must sell. 828736-8665 2004 red 4x4 Blazer, 4-dr, dual controls, auto start, keyless entry, PL, PW, AM/FM/CD, AC, 70K, good cond. Dealer maintained. $7,950 OBO. Mike, 314-799-7950 -St. Louis, MO 2004 Jeep Wrangler RHD, silver/blk HT, AM/FM/CD, exc. cond. 50K. $13,000. 815482-7881 or 815-634-2723 -IL 2004 Jeep Liberty 4x4, RHD conversion, 93K, V6, red, gray cloth, new trans, $9,000. 712486-2598 or [email protected] -SW IA 2004 Jeep Wrangler, 4x4, RHD, HT, white/black, 108K, air, AM/FM/CD, tow pkg. New tires, exc. cond. 706-699-0622 -GA 2004 Jeep Wrangler 4x4, RHD, 6-cyl, 86K, air, AM/FM/CD, $11,000 OBO. Great cond. 315-705-4420 or [email protected] com Norfolk, NY 2005 Grand Caravan Stow-n-Go, dual controls, 85K rte miles, 17K family miles, pics avail. to email. $7,500. 618-869-2840 -Claremont, IL 2005 RHD Wrangler, 4WD, AM/FM/CD, air, cruise, mail ready, 41K, excellent cond, many extras, one owner. $13,500. 574-8497194 2005 Jeep Liberty, black, true RHD by Leisure, tray, 4WD, 6-cyl, AC, AM/FM/CD, 31K, new brakes, exc. cond. $14,500 410-429-4049 Balto. Co, MD 2005 dual control Jeep Liberty. 34K, tray platform, price reduced to sell. $11,000. LLV assigned. 860-354-6760 -CT 2005 Honda CRV-LX, dual controls. Auto, PS, PW, AC, AM/FM/CD, 70K, 50/50 rte. mi. The National Rural Letter Carrier Exc. cond. Great gas mileage. 478-957-9386 GA 2006 Jeep Wrangler Sport, RHD, $15,500 or offer, 36K, red w/blk interior, 4WD, new tires, CD player, air, HT, great cond. automatic. 952212-8955 2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler 4x4, 25K, white w/blk HT, exc. cond. V6, AM/FM/CD, AC, $13,500. Received LLV. 706-654-3768 -GA 2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler Sport, 4WD, AC/FM/AM/CD, 35K, $13,300, runs great. Amie, 508-360-3998 -MA 2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler, 4x4, 41K, light khaki, well-maint, records avail. $13,000. Flo, 803-222-4811 or [email protected] 2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler, 4x4, 6-cyl, black HT, exc. cond., AC, radio/CD, cruise/tilt, $12,000. 207-853-4851 -Perry, ME 2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler, 4WD, red w/blk HT, cruise, air, CD, new tires & brakes, 32K. $15,000 OBO. 850-819-6553 -Omaha, NE 2006 Jeep Liberty RHD, 35K, 4WD, $15,000. 732-961-3345 -NJ 2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler Sport. 4x4, 6-cyl, new tires, AC, CD, white w/black HT, 28K, exc. cond. $15,500. 727-734-2853 -Dunedin, FL 2007 RHD Jeep Liberty 4x4, 42K, dual controls, trail rated, silver, $17,500. Rachel, 618639-0797 or 618-535-7400 -IL 2008 RHD Jeep Wrangler 4x4 silver w/Freedom hardtop, CD, AC, 2вЂќ receiver hitch and weather shade, 48K, $19,500. 715985-2578 -Independence, WI #1 Right-Hand Drive Jeep Dealer on the West Coast! 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