USPS, NRLCA agree to allow regular rural carriers to deliver packages on Columbus Day holiday

The postal service and the rural carrier’s union have agreed to a memorandum of understanding allowing regular rural carriers to volunteer to work on the Columbus Day holiday to deliver packages.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
AND THE NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS’ ASSOCIATION

Due to safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the liberal approval of leave for all employees during this challenging time, the parties have agreed that regular rural carriers may volunteer to work on the Columbus Day holiday, Monday, October 12, 2020, to deliver packages.

Managers will ask for volunteer regular rural carriers who wish to work on Columbus Day to deliver packages on any route(s) in the office. This volunteer opportunity does not apply to those regular rural carriers with a Monday relief day who have a designated Columbus Day holiday on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Volunteering to work on Columbus Day does not provide a guarantee or entitlement to work.

Prior to scheduling a regular rural carrier who has volunteered for work on Columbus Day, management must first schedule all assistant rural carriers (ARCs), who are assigned to either the hub or associated spoke offices; and then all available leave replacements in the office, including stations, branches, and any remotely-managed post offices (RMPO).

Regular rural carriers will be compensated at the overtime rate pursuant to Article 9.2.A.1.k., for hours worked on Columbus Day. All work hours are to be recorded in the Actual Weekly Hours block on PS Form 1314. Hours worked on Columbus Day should also be annotated in the Daily Overtime block.

Source: Columbus Day NRLCA MOU