NALC: CCA back pay update 

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

The Postal Service has notified NALC that the retroactive payments for city carrier assistants (CCAs) resulting from implementation of the 2016-2019 National Agreement will be delayed by one pay period. The payments originally scheduled to be included in Pay Period 3 paychecks payable on Feb. 9 will now be in Pay Period 4 paychecks payable on Feb. 23. Continue reading

Iowa City Carrier Assistant (CCA) rescues fallen customer

From USPS News Link:

When Brandon Spencer was delivering mail recently and saw legs sticking out from underneath a car in a garage, he initially thought someone was doing automotive work.

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Clinton, IA, City Carrier Assistant Brandon Spencer

But when the Clinton, IA, city carrier assistant noticed an open car door and a dog loose in the back seat, he suspected otherwise.

Upon closer inspection, Spencer found that the man on the ground was unconscious. As he checked for a pulse, the man came to and said he’d recently been hospitalized for heart trouble.

Spencer, who was also recognized earlier this year for another heroic act, called 911 and stayed with the man until emergency responders arrived.

Source: Brandon Spencer, Clinton, IA | USPS News Link

NALC City Carrier Assistant (CCA) Resource Guide now available online

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

The NALC City Carrier Assistant Resource Guide is now available online.

This guide was created to assist both new CCAs and experienced CCAs alike. It thoroughly covers the letter carrier job and the rights and benefits afforded to CCAs.

The guide also provides information and guidance for CCAs during the process of conversion to full-time career status.

The guide is in the process of being printed. It will soon be available for use in new employee orientation, as well as for use by NALC branches and members.

Source: NALC City Carrier Assistant Resource Guide now available online | National Association of Letter Carriers AFL-CIO

USPS non-career turnover rate doubles- most CCAs don’t last a year

Last week Dead Tree Edition reported on the US Postal Service’s plans to hire 125,000 non-career employees in FY 2016. The USPS says it needs to hire that many “to maintain the appropriate levels”.

Why? because many of the new non-career employees end up quitting. The document referred to in the Dead Tree article says that the attrition rate for non-career employees doubled last fiscal year, to nearly 40%.

ccaThe attrition rate was highest among City Carrier Assistants, the non-career, lower paid position created by the last (arbitrated) city carrier contract. CCAs have an attrition rate of 54.24%, meaning that on average, most don’t last a year before quitting.

Attrition rates in other crafts’ non-career complement were somewhat lower, but still reflect a net loss of roughly one in three non-career employees last year: Rural Part-time (RCA) = 30.10%, Postal Support Employees (PSE) = 36.60%, Mail Handler Assistant (MHA)= 29.86%, and Casuals =68.4%.

The USPS admits that “Recruiting for City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) is a challenge in some regions due the physical nature of the position and extreme outdoor environments, as well as local economic conditions.” Which raises the question: if it’s hard to recruit CCAs, and most that are hired end up quitting, is the non-career strategy really viable in the long run?

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South Dakota CCA charged with mail theft

Daniel Newman, a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) from Rapid City South Dakota, has been indicted on charges of mail theft, according to court filings. The indictment alleges that Newman stole “U.S. currency, gift cards, and other items of value” from the mail between November 1, 2014, and March 5, 2015. Newman was arrested on Friday, and according to news reports, entered a not guilty plea. Trial is scheduled to begin on August 25.

Virginia CCA Pleads Guilty to Dumping Mail

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtNORFOLK, Va. – Shalita Corley, 31, of Portsmouth, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to one count of secreting and delaying U.S. mail, which she had been entrusted to deliver.

A statement of facts filed with the plea agreement reported Corley worked as a city carrier assistant with the United States Postal Service (USPS) from November 3, 2014 through February 6, 2015, when she resigned her position. On February 3, 2015, a Norfolk resident observed Corley acting suspiciously and walking about an overgrown lot abutting the Lafayette River in Norfolk. After Corley drove away in her USPS vehicle, the resident investigated and found two trash bags containing hundreds of pieces of mail, including what appeared to be one or more envelopes containing checks. The resident collected the mail and promptly turned it over to the USPS. Further investigation during the ensuing week by residents and the USPS led to the recovery of other mail scattered about the lot and seven additional trash bags containing undelivered U.S. mail, including what appeared to be bank statements, end of year tax mailings, USPS priority mail, letters from service members in the armed forces, and other mailed advertisements and the like. Review by agents with the USPS Office of Inspector General revealed that these items of U.S. mail had been postmarked on days falling within the first four weeks of January and the first week of February 2015. The USPS later delivered all of the recovered mail to its intended recipients.

A Norfolk federal grand jury indicted Corley on March 4, 2015. Corley faces a maximum penalty of five (5) years in prison when she is sentenced on July 15, 2015. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul Bowman, Special Agent in Charge, USPS, Office of Inspector General, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the United States District Court.

This case was investigated by USPS, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Krask is prosecuting the case.

via Former Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty to Dumping U.S. Mail | USAO-EDVA | Department of Justice.