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  • GPS for your scanner?  Bluetooth?  The future starts now!

    GPS for your scanner? Bluetooth? The future starts now!

    Also see a standup talk describing the procedures!  Already being deployed in some areas. See standup talk here ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows the game

    Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows the game

    It never ceases to amaze me when a carrier happens upon Ruralinfo.net and then proceeds to tell us how much they love their job and they wonder why everyone complains so much on my website. They wonder why there is so much negative news shared.  Only thing I c...

  • The only thing we have to fear is ourselves.

    The only thing we have to fear is ourselves.

    I spend a lot of time online and there are a lot of pages on the internet that I look at while scouring for news and information to share with everyone.  I see a lot of crazy things posted by rural carriers, but there is nothing that gets me riled up more than...

  • Delivery Person Dog Shaming

    Delivery Person Dog Shaming

        “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. ...

  • On the 12th day of Christmas Overtime the USPS gave to me…

    On the 12th day of Christmas Overtime the USPS gave to me…

    The 12 days things is going around FB, so I thought I would add our own special touch! On the 12th day of Christmas Overtime the USPS gave to me… 12 Migraine headaches 11 Busted knuckles 10 False directives 9 Letters of Warning 8 Managers freaking 7 Shoulders ...

  • Where is your outrage?

    Where is your outrage?

    I am sure most of you know that I spend a lot of time online. Sometimes I believe my husband forgets I am here. We are in the same room, but I am usually so engrossed in what I am doing online that he says I don’t even hear him when he talks. In all ... ...

  • 15 things your rural carrier wont tell you…

    15 things your rural carrier wont tell you…

    1. No, you didnt get any mail.  If you had any mail I would have put it in your box. Just because you didnt find any mail in your box DOES NOT mean someone stole your mail. There really are times when you do not get mail. I promise.   2. No, the USPS did ...

  • The RCA shortage and a new tool to help

    The RCA shortage and a new tool to help

    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 t...

  • Let the games begin

    Let the games begin

    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 ...

  • Paying it Forward  Rural Carrier Style

    Paying it Forward Rural Carrier Style

    The past two weeks have been a very stressful two weeks for rural carriers across the nation.  We have been backed in to a corner and forced to defend our livelihood.  It has caused sleepless nights, sickness and flat out aggravation and stress.  We have been ...

  • United we Stand? Not Quite….

    United we Stand? Not Quite….

    United we stand?? Do we as a union stand united?  Are we all for one and one for all?  In my opinion, no we are not.  We are nothing like the labor unions of the old days.  We really do not have the kind of power they had back then.   The best a postal ... ...

  • 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

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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 »