From the Postal Bulletin:
2013 National Rural Route Mail Count
Effective July 2012, in order to comply with the July 03, 2012, Interest Arbitration decision between the United States Postal Service® and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, a national rural route mail count is scheduled accordingly.
Per standard procedure outlined in Handbook El-902, Agreement between USPS and National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, 2011–2015, Section 9.2.C.3.a.(1), in 2013, a national mail count will be conducted for eighteen (18) working days beginning February 9, and ending March 2, 2013. All routes will be counted except those routes which both the regular carrier and management agree in writing not to count. The mail count will be effective at the beginning of the fourth full pay period following the end of the count period.
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