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  • Do you ever wonder how the rural pay system was crafted?  A must read for all rural carriers!

    Do you ever wonder how the rural pay system was crafted? A must read for all rural carriers!

    The rural craft is a very special pay system.  We have provisions and rules that do not apply to any other job in this country.  It was a long hard process just to keep the evaluated pay system intact.  If you’ve ever wondered how or why the rural craft ...

  • History is a painful reminder of just how much HAS NOT changed!! 113 years later…

    History is a painful reminder of just how much HAS NOT changed!! 113 years later…

    The National Postal Museum has an excellent new exhibit on the history of Rural Free Delivery. Rural Free Delivery began on October 1st, 1896. That was 113 years ago. I will add the link to it below, but first, as I was looking at the exhibit, I came across so...

  • The Ruralinfo.net guide for regular rural carriers

    The Ruralinfo.net guide for regular rural carriers

    First of all, I want to say congratulations to all of the newly appointed regular rural carriers! I thought I (with the help of some of my rural buddies) would put together a guide to help you deal with your new status. There will a lot of new things you will ...

  • 10 things you might not know about the USPS

    10 things you might not know about the USPS

    Presidential Postal Workers Two postmasters became US Presidents later in their careers. Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman. Truman held the title and signed papers but immediately turned the position and its pay over to an assistant. Lincoln was the only Presid...

  • Undelivered Mail: What is going on?

    Undelivered Mail: What is going on?

    I have been seeing numerous articles about undelivered mail.  Never in my career have I seen mail go undelivered.  I have seen supervisors, and Postmasters go out and deliver a route if it was down.  Of course, I know the weather put some of it behind, but som...

  • A few tips on changing your Postalease/Liteblue password

    A few tips on changing your Postalease/Liteblue password

    I am sure you all have received a letter about your new password to log in to Liteblue/Postalease. Just a couple of things. The website address to change your password is https://ssp.usps.gov/ssp-web/welcome.xhtml There is a temporary password on the letter th...

  • Social media and Postal Employees

    Social media and Postal Employees

      A Ruralinfo.net Editorial Social media and what employees can do and say is kind of a New Frontier.  Basically, with the surge of Facebook, Twitter and all of the other social media websites out there, we are more or less, as a work force, stumbling in ...

  • Updated – Delivery in the Dark Poll – Results so far

    Updated – Delivery in the Dark Poll – Results so far

    My delivery in the dark poll that was started on November 24th, 2013 has had 980 responses so far and the results are astonishing. What this shows is that there is a huge problem in the Postal Service with receiving mail on time, especially where plants have b...

  • Delivering in the dark poll – Updated Results

    Delivering in the dark poll – Updated Results

    My delivery in the dark poll that was started on November 24th, 2013 has had 1023 responses so far and the results are astonishing. What this shows is that there is a huge problem in the Postal Service with receiving mail on time, especially where plants have ...

  • Response from USPS law/ethics department regarding the USPS social media policy

    Response from USPS law/ethics department regarding the USPS social media policy

    My Question:  Does the new revised social media policy restrict craft employees from engaging with each other on social media sites..  My understanding is that the new policies are that postal employees are not to speak on behalf of the USPS or act like they a...

  • Key points concerning rural carriers and 5 day delivery released by the USPS

    Key points concerning rural carriers and 5 day delivery released by the USPS

    Rural Delivery Saturday delivery to and collections from street addresses will be eliminated, except delivery of Express Mail. The number of rural and contract delivery service routes is expected to be minimally impacted. The Saturday workload can be absorbed ...

  • Twas the day after Christmas overtime

    Twas the day after Christmas overtime

    Its that time again.. I always pull out my Christmas OT poem about this time every year.. I wrote this a few years ago, but nothing ever changes.. Twas the day after Christmas overtime and all around my case were piles and piles of catalogs with not an inch of...

  • The Neutral Engineer for the Rural Carrier Time Study

    The Neutral Engineer for the Rural Carrier Time Study

    Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega is the Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than 8,500 students, 700 faculty and staff, and $129 million in annual research expenditures, NC State’s College of Engineering is inte...

  • About that “Market Research”

    About that “Market Research”

    A Ruralinfo.net Editorial You have probably heard the terms “Market Research” thrown around a bit by PMG Donahoe in the last few days.  He continually cites the Postal Service’s own “Market Research” to show data that the public s...

  • Let’s talk about the Elephant in the room

    Let’s talk about the Elephant in the room

    Elephant in the room” is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.[2] It is based on the idea that an...

A few tips on changing your Postalease/Liteblue password

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I am sure you all have received a letter about your new password to log in to Liteblue/Postalease. Just a couple of things. The website address to change your password is https://ssp.usps.gov/ssp-web/welcome.xhtml There is a temporary password on the letter they sent you.  Top right of the letter.  The temporary password really does not stand out and I have had several send ... Read More »

Undelivered Mail: What is going on?

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I have been seeing numerous articles about undelivered mail.  Never in my career have I seen mail go undelivered.  I have seen supervisors, and Postmasters go out and deliver a route if it was down.  Of course, I know the weather put some of it behind, but some people report not getting any mail for over a week. After the ... Read More »

Mail Count – Did you know?

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  Did you know that 1 min during a mail count can be worth $2042.00?   Just look at some things that are worth 1 min. Hopefully, this demonstrates how precious 1 minute is during a mail count. Be diligent, learn your rights and get what you are entitled to. This is your salary, your livelihood. Make every minute count… Read More »

Let the games begin

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Let the games begin, because really that is what they are.. Games.. I mean what other time of year are we considered “petty” when we ask for time for things we do EVERYDAY?  These are not fun games, these are survival games.  It is a game where we fight for our livelihoods, we fight for our own pay and our ... Read More »

Delivery Person Dog Shaming

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    “If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” ― Mark Twain Follow Ruralinfo.net’s board Postal/Delivery person Dog Shaming on Pinterest. Read More »

Delivering in the dark poll – Updated Results

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My delivery in the dark poll that was started on November 24th, 2013 has had 1023 responses so far and the results are astonishing. What this shows is that there is a huge problem in the Postal Service with receiving mail on time, especially where plants have been closed or consolidated.  It also shows that a large number of carriers ... Read More »

Updated – Delivery in the Dark Poll – Results so far

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My delivery in the dark poll that was started on November 24th, 2013 has had 980 responses so far and the results are astonishing. What this shows is that there is a huge problem in the Postal Service with receiving mail on time, especially where plants have been closed or consolidated.  It also shows that a large number of carriers ... Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving – My gratitude list

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My gratitude list While not everything I am thankful for, these are some things close to my heart.  And last but not least, I am thankful for everyone that is a part of this website and the community we have created.  I am thankful for the friends I have made, whom I never would have known if not for this website ... Read More »

The Dark Side of Mail delivery

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Is delivering mail in the dark safe? When the Postal Service started the closures and consolidations of mail processing plants across the country, it was stated that nothing would change.  Of course most postal employees knew this would not be true.  Slowing down the processing of mail and making it travel further to get to its destination would inevitably roll ... Read More »

Look how far we have come..

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Just wanted to share a few stats I have put together.  Every time I look at the stats, I am always amazed at how much it has grown since the last time I looked.  When I started this website, I never ever dreamed it would turn out to be this successful. The success of this website has ALWAYS depended on ... Read More »

The RCA shortage and a new tool to help

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I dont think it is any surprise that we have an RCA shortage.  I am hearing from Academy instructors that they do not have classes very often anymore.  I do not know whether it is because the USPS isnt really trying to hire because they expect 5 day delivery to become a reality, or if the lowered starting wage is ... Read More »

Is there more to the story behind the headlines?

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I am sure by now we have all seen the video that captured a carrier driving on a customer’s lawn to deliver a parcel.  I have seen a lot of very ugly comments and some that say we should not jump to conclusions. There has also been some suggestions that the carrier had previous dealings with this customer. From an ... Read More »

Whose fault is it anyway?

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My previous editorial “The Union Membership” raised some hackles.  Good, that is exactly what I wanted it to do.  Sometimes we have to instigate people to think about things from a different perspective.  If we are only surrounded by those with the exact same opinion, then we might not ever be challenged to look at things in a different way. ... Read More »

The Union membership.

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Not sure if most of you know this, but I usually stay on the union “bad” list for the information I share.  I am accused of letting non members have information only meant for union members.  I have heard this accusation since the beginning of this website.  Yes, I do share information that is shared at State Conventions, National Conventions, ... Read More »