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President Cantriel’s Congressional Testimony
Free Saturday Provisions
May 2009
THE NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIER
Official Monthly Publication of the
NATIONAL RURAL LETTER
CARRIERS’ ASSOCIATION
Established in 1903
1630 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3467
Tel: 703-684-5545
Web Site Address — www.nrlca.org
The
TABLE OF CONTENTS
NATIONAL OFFICERS
Don Cantriel, President
Jeanette Dwyer, Vice President
Clifford D. Dailing, Secretary-Treasurer
Joey C. Johnson, Director of Labor Relations
Ronnie Stutts, Director of Steward Operations
Robert T. Horne, Executive Committeeman
Tel: 229-228-6111
P.O. Box 7930, Thomasville, GA 31758-7930
Susan Knapp, Executive Committeeman
Tel: 845-956-1117
P.O. Box 599, New Hampton, NY 10958-0599
Steven L. Traylor, Executive Committeeman
Tel: 217-532-2166
P.O. Box 520, Hillsboro, IL 62049-0520
Don Maston, Executive Committeeman
Tel: 661-266-3879
P.O. Box 902710, Palmdale, CA 93590-2710
LEGISLATIVE STAFF
Paul Swartz, Director of Governmental Affairs
Kevin P. Talley, Asst. Director of Governmental Affairs
Anthony Vilardo, PAC Manager
Ken Parmelee, Senior Advisor for Governmental Affairs
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Hot News
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From the Desk of President Don Cantriel
NRLCA Congratulates Long-Term Employees;
New Director of Workers’ Compensation
Step 4 Settlement on 2008 Mail Count
Lady Carrier Club Offers Graduate Scholarship
New EMA Charts Released
Long-Term Disability & Life Insurance
Open Enrollment
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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
Devin Cassidy, Workers’ Compensation Specialist
703-684-5545
Mike Watson 503-653-2911 (Oregon)
RURAL CARRIER BENEFIT PLAN
Clifford D. Dailing, Director of Health Programs
Lawrence J. Waligora, Manager of Health Programs
1630 Duke Street, 2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314-3467
Tel: 703-684-5552
CLAIMS INQUIRY
Rural Carrier Benefit Plan,
P.O. Box 668329, Charlotte, NC 28266-8329
800-638-8432
RURAL CARRIER AUTO AND
HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE PLANS
Shirley Corno, Plan Director,
13736 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Service: 800-325-1190 — Claims: 800-325-1088
Sales: 888-325-7727 — Homeowners: 866-366-4607
EDITORIAL STAFF – NATIONAL OFFICE
Jeanette Dwyer, Editor
Melissa Ray, Managing Editor/Advertising
Clifford D. Dailing, Associate Editor
Barbara McAdams, Auxiliary Editor
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Provident Guild
Nominations Open for 2009 PAC Hall of Fame
National Convention Delegate Ballot
Question Box
Legislative Report
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Auto Insurance Report
Membership News
Membership Analysis
In Memoriam
March PAC Contributions
National Auxiliary
Advertisements
FEATURED ON THIS MONTH’S COVER
Texas wildflowers outside the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, home
of the 2009 National Convention. Photo by Managing Editor Melissa Ray.
HOT
NEWS
N ATIONAL A UXILIARY
USPS to offer another voluntary early
retirement (VER)
T
he Postal Service recently received
approval from the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) to offer another voluntary early retirement (VER) to eligible employees nationwide. This offer is open to rural carriers
who meet the OPM conditions, and who are at
least 50 years of age with 20 years of creditable
federal service or any age with 25 years of creditable federal service.
The effective retirement date of this VER is
July 31, 2009. The age and years of service criteria must be met by this date. If you don’t
meet the criteria by July 31, you are not eligible for voluntary early retirement. If you are
VER-eligible, you will have received an annuity estimate and a VER offer packet in the mail
in early April. Read through the information
provided and in conjunction with the annuity estimate, make a decision whether voluntary early
retirement is the best option for you. It’s important to note that required documents must be
postmarked by May 15, 2009 and received at the
Human Resources Shared Services Center
(HRSSC) to take advantage of this VER offer.
After May 15, an employee’s voluntary choice to
retire becomes irrevocable (cannot be withdrawn)
under this VER.
After your Acknowledgement of Irrevocability
and Application for Immediate Retirement forms
are received at the HRSSC, you will be mailed
additional forms required to complete the retirement process and information needed to schedule
May 2009
your retirement information session.
The effective retirement date will be either May
31, June 30, or July 31, 2009, depending on the
selection made by the VER-eligible employee. As
a reminder, a voluntary early retirement is just
that—voluntary. Like the previous VER offered
in 2008, there will be no financial incentives
offered. Please see the October 2008 National
Rural Letter Carrier, pages 478-485, for a comprehensive Q & A relating to early retirement. If
retirement is part of a near-future plan for you,
make sure to get all the information you need to
make an informed decision.
VER Information Sessions
While Local Services won’t have any additional
information regarding VER eligibility lists, Postal
Service HQ and the HRSSC will work together to
coordinate and set up information sessions to provide opportunities for Q & A dialogue. VER
Information Sessions include reviews of eligibility
requirements, the pre-established timeline and the
Retirement Seminar DVD. Watch for local
announcements within your District on times and
locations.
HRSSC Assistance
Please note that where the VER is concerned,
the HRSSC cannot verify whether employees are
on the eligibility listing or discuss individual questions/concerns until an application for early
retirement is submitted and approved.
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From the Desk of NRLCA
President Don Cantriel
Congressional Meetings
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n March, I met with three Congressmen on
Capitol Hill to speak with them about issues
important to rural letter carriers. I was joined
by members of the NRLCA legislative staff. Over
lunch, I met with Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and
we discussed the resolution he introduced to preserve 6-day mail delivery (H. Res. 173). He
expressed his support for a number of our other
issues as well.
Following lunch, I met with Rep. John Tanner
(D-TN) about the Postal Service’s retiree health
benefits obligations (H.R. 22). While on the way
to our final meeting, I stopped in to see Chairman
Ed Towns (D-NY) and we briefly discussed the
upcoming hearing in the House Oversight and
Government Reform subcommittee on the
Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and District of
Columbia, where I testified on behalf of NRLCA.
(See below to read excerpts from the testimony.)
Following this, I met with Rep. Ike Skelton (DMO). He continues to offer support for our
issues.
The meetings were very successful and the
opportunity to speak to these legislators one-onone proved essential to advancing our issues and
cause as rural letter carriers.
Congressional Testimony on USPS Finances
O
n Wednesday, March 25, I testified before
the House Oversight and Government
Reform subcommittee on the Federal
Workforce, Postal Service, and District of
Columbia at a hearing entitled, “Restoring the
Financial Stability of the U.S. Postal Service:
What Needs to be Done?”
The subcommittee, chaired by Congressman
Stephen Lynch (D-MA), is examining how the
nationwide economic downturn, coupled with
technological trends, has produced declining volumes and revenues for the Postal Service.
Also testifying were Postmaster General Jack
Potter, Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman
Dan Blair, USPS Board of Governors Chairman
Carolyn Gallagher, USPS Inspector General
David Williams and the presidents of the seven
postal union and employee organizations. The
testimony can be viewed on the NRLCA website
(www.nrlca.org).
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The following is an excerpt from that testimony:
Chairman Lynch, and members of the Federal
Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of
Columbia Subcommittee, my name is Don
Cantriel, and I am President of the National Rural
Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), representing 123,000 bargaining unit rural letter carriers. I
would like to extend my thanks to the Committee
for scheduling a hearing on Restoring the
Financial Stability of the Postal Service. I ask that
my full testimony be submitted for the record,
while I give a brief summary of my statement.
Mr. Chairman, as the NRLCA’s National
President it is in our members’ best interests to
work toward the creation of a financially stable
Postal Service. Toward this end, our union has
been working together with the Postal Service to
establish revenue-generation programs, along
with ways to reduce the costs of the USPS.
One revenue generating program we use is called
The National Rural Letter Carrier
The presidents of the four
postal employee unions
are sworn in before presenting their testimonies.
From left: APWU President
Bill Burrus, NALC President
Bill Young, Mailhandlers
President John Hegarty
and NRLCA President Don
Cantriel.
“Rural Reach.” To date, the rural carrier craft has
already generated $26 million dollars for the
Postal Service, and we fully expect that by the end
of the first full year to exceed $30 million dollars
in revenue for the Postal Service.
Our union is the only union that can claim that
actual employee wages – what an employee takes
home in his or her paycheck every two weeks – is
in large measure based on mail volume. Every
year, rural routes are evaluated, and rural carrier
salaries are established based on the work per-
resent. This year, the NRLCA had a four-week
mail count during last two weeks in February and
the first two weeks in March. Official results from
this recently completed mail count are not available, but we are once again expecting rural route
evaluations to go down – not up. The point I am
making is quite simple. Our people are hurting.
They are making less money or, in some cases,
opting to work an additional day to make the
same amount of money. It is pretty simple—
reductions in rural route evaluations translate into
direct savings to the
Postal Service. If
mail volume declines
chances are very
good that the Postal
Service will be paying our members
less because there
will be less mail to deliver and collect each day.
Never let it be said that rural carriers are not
doing their part to help the company. We have
been doing it for decades with our evaluated compensation system. If the business falters, labor
costs – at least rural letter carrier labor costs – are
adjusted downward. Every postal employee we
represent knows – in the pocketbook – what it
means for the company to be challenged by
declining mail volume. The Postal Service can
save literally hundreds of millions of dollars if
routes are evaluated when mail volume is low.
But this annual adjustment mechanism does not
stop with salaries. Most rural letter carriers still
provide their own delivery vehicle for which they
are paid an equipment maintenance allowance
“Never let it be said that rural
carriers are not doing their part to
help the company.”
formed each day during the evaluation. Mail volume is a critical factor in the salary setting process.
During boom times for the Postal Service, rural
carriers can see an increase in their route evaluations. Until recently, route evaluations generally
went up due to increased mail volume and an
expanding customer base. Unfortunately, our last
two mail counts resulted in significant reductions
in rural route evaluations, impacting tens of thousands of rural letter carriers and causing their
salaries to be lower. Last year, in a two-week mail
count, rural routes served by our members lost
anywhere from 2 to 12 hours of pay each week.
Each evaluated hour is worth more than $1,500
per year so you can see how declining mail volume
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(EMA). EMA is adjusted
(FSS) to purchase prescripquarterly by measuring
tion drugs, it would save the
fluctuations in the CPI-W
USPS roughly $250 million
Transportation Index. In
a year.
other words, EMA payA second savings opportuments to rural carriers go
nity for the Postal Service
down when costs – includincludes having the Office of
ing the cost of fuel – go
Management and Budget
down.
These
regular
(OMB) allow the USPS to
adjustments have recently
apply for the Medicare Part
resulted in significant cost
D subsidy, resulting savings
savings for the Postal
would be approximately
Service as gasoline and
$240 million per year for the
automobile prices have
USPS.
dropped sharply.
The most important piece
President Cantriel answers questions posed by the Committee.
Our union, like the other
of legislation Congress
postal unions during the
should enact is H.R. 22,
last contract negotiations cycle, lost some ground
introduced by Representatives John McHugh (Ron health benefit costs and now pay a larger per- NY) and Danny Davis (D-IL). The USPS is sadcentage of health insurance premiums. Our mem- dled with an ambitious payment schedule to prebers now pay more while the employer contribu- fund its retirees’ health benefits. This is an obligtion to federal employee health benefit premi- ation no other corporation or government
ums, as a percentage of total costs, is lower. As agency is required to pre-fund. The last
health
care Administration required this provision to be
costs for busiincluded for one simple purpose —to make the
nesses
and PAEA budget neutral.
corporations
In 2006, when the PAEA became law, pre-fundcontinue to
ing retiree health benefits fund seemed feasible.
rise, our union
Mr. Chairman, that was then, this is now. In
members will
2008, the USPS posted a revenue net loss of $2.8
pay an addibillion, and volume was down 9.5 billion pieces.
tional 4 per- In 2009, the USPS is predicting to lose in
cent of FEHB
upwards of $6-8 billion in revenue, and faces a
p r e m i u m s declining mail volume of 12-15 billion pieces.
over the life of
Enacting H.R. 22 is vital. In no way am I advoour current
cating the USPS to stop making payments for
collective bar- future retirees’ health benefits — far from that. I
gaining agree- want the USPS to continue to pre-fund its future
ment. This is
retirees’ health benefits. It is my members who
Subcommittee Chairman Stephen Lynch listens
another
exawill benefit from a fully funded retirees’ health
to the testimonies.
mple of how
benefits fund. I am asking only that Congress
our bargaining unit has provided additional savallow the USPS to have access to the retiree
ings to the Postal Service.
health benefits fund now, to help pay for its curMr. Chairman, there are additional ways rent retirees’ premiums. By doing this, Congress
Congress can act to help the Postal Service would help alleviate some of the financial burden
achieve financial stability. If the Postal Service was on USPS, and give it a fair chance to survive the
permitted to use the VA Federal Supply Schedule current economic climate. Thank you.
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The National Rural Letter Carrier
NRLCA
Congratulates
Long-Term
Employees for
their Service
Top row, from left: Assistant to the
President Mary Louise Baltimore, RCBP
Accountant Sandy Chaney, and Senior
Advisor of Governmental Affairs Ken
Parmelee. Bottom row, from left:
Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer
Barbara Westry, Manager of Insurance
Programs Larry Waligora and NonFederal Plans Administrator Jenny
Cooke.
T
he National Board asks the NRLCA membership to join them in applauding NRLCA
Headquarters staff with individual service of 20-plus years. A huge “congratulations!” and a
special “thank you!” for many years of dedicated service go to:
EMPLOYEE
Mary Louise Baltimore, Asst. to the President
Annette “Sandy” Chaney, RCBP Accountant
Ken Parmelee, Sr. Advisor of Gov’t Affairs
Barbara Westry, Asst. to the Secretary-Treasurer
Larry Waligora, Manager of Insurance Programs
Jenny Cooke, Non-Federal Plans Administrator
HIRE DATE
YRS
October 18, 1965
April 1, 1973
October 1, 1983
April 9, 1984
September 30, 1985
February 27, 1989
OF SERVICE
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The knowledge, experience, and devotion of long-term employees like these help the NRLCA to
continue to be a strong and vital force for its membership.
NRLCA names New Director of Workers’ Compensation
In April 2008, Devin
Cassidy was hired by the
NRLCA as the Workers’
Compensation Specialist.
Working closely with
Director of Workers’
Compensation Thomas
Markey, Devin spent most
of his first few months
studying the Federal
Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) and its
federal regulations. He also spent a good amount
of time learning about federal compensation laws
May 2009
and regulations. After becoming well versed in the
compensation laws, he began assisting with several
projects involving the compensation laws and benefits received by some of our members, including
the Rural Carrier Pay Adjustment which affected
rural carriers who were receiving compensation
benefits before a retroactive contractual pay
increase was awarded to all rural carriers. In March
2009, after the resignation of Thomas Markey,
Devin was promoted to the position of Director of
Workers’ Compensation. Devin and his family
reside in Alexandria, VA. In his spare time, he
enjoys baseball, football and motorcycles.
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Step 4 Settlement on 2008 National Mail Count
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The National Rural Letter Carrier
S
hortly into the 2008 national mail count the
National Office started to receive calls with
concerns of low volume. Just a few days following the mail count there were numerous calls
of concern about mailings with in-home delivery
dates for the mail count period that were now
being received after the mail count. The National
Board decided that a national level grievance
needed to be filed to address this mail flow issue.
Shortly after filing the national level grievance,
an all call went out to the state stewards to gather
and provide the National Office with documentation so that a full investigation could be conducted by the National Board. After receiving the doc-
May 2009
umentation from the field, many hours of research
up to and not limited to contacting mailers and
tracking mail from entry point to delivery by the
carriers was invested by the National Board.
The burden of proof with a contractual grievance
lies with the union. The union needed to prove
that management manipulated the mail flow,
mainly the requested in-home delivery dated
mailings during the 2008 national mail count.
Although we had a tremendous amount of documentation provided from the field on dated mailings, we were unable to prove that management
was the cause of these dated mailings arriving outside of the in-home requested delivery dates.
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2008 National Mail Count Settlement continued
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The National Rural Letter Carrier
Lady Carrier Club Offers
Scholarship for Graduate Study
Τ
he Lady Carrier Club is proud to announce the
Application and supportive material must be received
twelvth annual scholarship for graduate school. The
by July 1, 2009.
scholarship honors the pioneering efforts of Ms.
The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of need and
Georgiana Peet-Miller. In 1946, most rural carriers were
desire
to pursue a career as outlined in the application. The
male; at the 43rd National Convention six lady carriers
met for tea and sodas and formed the Lady Carrier Club.
recipient is allowed to receive only one scholarship. All supEach year this group holds a luncheon on Tuesday at the
portive documentation must be received to support the
host city of the National Convention. The purpose of this
scholarship application.
group is fraternal and is not political in
nature. The club established the scholarship in 1995, and the first scholarship was
GEORGIANA PEET-MILLER SCHOLARSHIP
awarded in 1996; the scholarship is awarded to a deserving individual meeting all
Name__________________________________ Age_____________
criteria set by the club.
Address_______________________________________________________
If you are interested in the scholarship,
complete the application and attach all
______________________________________________________________
City
State
Zip Code
supportive documents as requested and
mail to:
Name of college where undergraduate degree obtained:
Carlon Hollis
Scholarship Chairman
____________________________________________________________
132 Hollis Lane
Address_______________________________________________________
Sterlington, LA 71280-3030
______________________________________________________________
City
State
Zip Code
Completed applications must be received
by July 1, 2009.
Name of graduate school_______________________________________
Georgiana Peet-Miller
Scholarship Rules
The Lady Carrier Club will award a
$1,000 scholarship for graduate school.
The scholarship shall be awarded to the
son/daughter, grandchild, spouse, or member in good standing.
❁ No age limit required.
❁ Applicant must show proof of
acceptance to a qualified graduate program.
❁ Applicant must provide proof of
undergraduate degree.
❁ Applicant must be child/grandchild/spouse or carrier with membership in the NRLCA.
❁ The Lady Carrier Club shall be
caretakers of the award.
❁ The scholarship award will be
payable to the graduate school
the recipient is attending and not
paid directly to the applicant.
May 2009
Address_______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
City
State
Zip Code
Name of NRLCA Member_______________________________________
Check one: Mother_____ Father_____ Self _____
Spouse_____ Grandparent _____
Check one: Regular _____ Retired_____ Relief _____ PTF _____
State in which membership is held:____________
Attach a brief essay on why you desire to pursue further education with stated goals. Provide any information that substantiates a special financial need.
* APPLICATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 1, 2009. *
Mail to: Carlon Hollis, Scholarship Chair,
132 Hollis Lane, Sterlington, LA 71280-3030
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the scholarship fund
may send a donation to the scholarship chairman. Membership dues are
$5 annually. If attending the annual luncheon at the National Convention,
dues are included in the price of the luncheon ticket.
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NEW EMA CHART RELEASED
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The National Rural Letter Carrier
EFFECTIVE APRIL 11, 2009
I
n accordance with the provisions of
Article 9, Section 2.J.3 of the USPS/
NRLCA National Agreement, effective
April 11, 2009 (Pay Period 09-09), the
equipment maintenance allowance (EMA)
will decrease from 53.0 cents per mile to
51.5 cents per mile, or a minimum of
$20.60 per day, whichever is greater.
Auxiliary Rural Carriers, Rural Carrier
Reliefs, Rural Carrier Associates, Rural
Carrier Part-Time Flexibles, and
Auxiliary Assistance: Employees providing auxiliary assistance or serving auxiliary
routes under the provisions of Article 9,
Section 2.J.5, will receive EMA of 51.5
cents per mile or $5.75 per hour, whichever is greater. The EMA will not exceed the
amount provided in the special EMA chart
for route stops and miles.
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New and Improved Long-Term
Disability Income Insurance
Disability Insurance and Life Insurance As an eligible member of the National Rural
Letter Carriers’ Association, you will have an
Open Enrollment
W
opportunity to select disability coverage that’s
best suited for your needs. Sample premiums are
listed below.
How Much Do I Need?
Life Insurance
A lengthy disability can be devastating, and is
more common than you might think. It can result
in a loss of income, independence and financial
security. Consider how long your savings would
pay for:
Mortgage or rent
Credit cards and car payments
Groceries/clothing/utilities
Insurance (medical, life, auto, home)
During this enrollment period, you may also
purchase Voluntary Term Life (VLT) coverage up
to 5 times your annual salary or $100,000,
whichever is less, without any medical questions
or exams. You may also enroll your spouse for
$50,000 and child(ren) for $10,000 of coverage.
ith today’s uncertain economy, coupled
with the possibility of an unfortunate
life event, now is the time to get back to
basic financial planning. It is imperative that you
take control of your financial security—which
includes owning disability and life insurance from
United of Omaha, a Mutual of Omaha
Company (A+ rating from A.M. Best).
Your ability to earn an income may be your most
important asset. Most people wouldn’t think
twice about insuring their home, automobile or
health. However, many do not recognize the need
to insure their income. According to LIMRA, an
insurance industry association, 12 percent of
households would immediately have trouble
meeting everyday living expenses after several
months. Disability insurance from United of
Omaha pays you cash benefits when you’re sick
or hurt and can’t work.
Open Enrollment May 1-June 30, 2009
Enrollment kits will be sent to you with the
long-term disability and life insurance premiums
already calculated. Just select the options that are
right for you, and then return the completed
enrollment and allotment forms in the enclosed
self-addressed envelope.
Important eligibility guidelines
You must be an active member of the NRLCA
working 20 hours per week and able to perform
all normal duties of your job.
Dependent insurance (spouse and/or children)
may also be available, but only when you, as the
member, also select coverage for yourself.
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Sample Premiums
Voluntary Term Life, Age 48
Coverage Amount
Bi-Weekly Premium
$25,000
$3.46
$50,000
$6.92
$75,000
$10.39
$100,000
$13.85
This is a one time offer for “No Questions
Asked” life insurance (Guaranteed Issue). If
you do not enroll on or before the end of your
initial enrollment period and wish to apply for
coverage at a later date, evidence of insurability will be required for any amount of coverage.
Call 1-800-606-1071 x303 or go to www.bjaassociationbenefits.com for complete information.
The National Rural Letter Carrier
The Provident Guild is an Organization
for the Young and Old
by Sarah Smith
P
erhaps over the years you have seen magazine articles, or have been approached by
your state representative of the Rural
Carriers’ Provident Guild about joining the
guild. If you did and you investigated the guild
and joined, thank you for your time. But if not,
please read on. I have heard many carriers say
things like “I already have life insurance” or “I
am not worried about death yet, I’m too young.”
I urge those persons to reconsider for the following reasons:
❍ The Rural Carriers Provident Guild (RCPG)
is not life insurance; it is a death benefit for
rural carriers, run by rural carriers.
❍ You are never too young to join the guild;
however, 56 is too old.
“Fraternalism at Its
Best”
“Are you preparing your family in the event of
your death?”
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At the time of your passing, your beneficiary
will receive immediate payment of your minimum award.
Life insurance can take time to be collected.
All union carriers under 56 are eligible,
including RCAs and PTFs.
All spouses of the above-mentioned who are
younger than 56 are eligible as well.
RCPG members do not need to continue
working for USPS, merely continue to pay
dues to retain membership.
If you join the RCPG as an Auxiliary member
and your spouse (the carrier) passes away first,
you are still a member as long as you pay your
dues.
Rural Carriers’ Provident Guild
James Norman
5836 Forest Rd.
Bedford, VA 24523-4143
Please give us the facts on Benefits available for
our Age and Class.
The Provident Guild is a non-profit,
Fraternal Organization created and operated
by Rural Carriers, for our membership to
give your survivors an amount of READY
CASH for those days when routine procedures of the courts and legal action tie up
your estate at death.
My date of birth is _____________________
If you are under the age of 56, clip and mail
this coupon TODAY and receive further
details on how you can help your survivors.
____________________________________
City
State
Zip Code
May 2009
Spouse’s date of birth __________________
Name _______________________________
Street ______________________________
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Nominations now open for 2009 PAC Hall of Fame
F
or the eighth year, the National Rural
Letter Carriers’ Association is prepared to
honor a member who supports the
Political Action Committee (PAC) in an exemplary manner. In 2001, a committee of five active
PAC chairs assembled to propose the requirements for the award: PAC Chairs Dennis Nelson,
Wisconsin (Hall of Fame inductee 2008); Walker
Allen, Oklahoma (Hall of Fame inductee 2003);
Van Heath, North Carolina; Barbara Mihan,
Idaho (Hall of Fame inductee 2006); and Lee
Cutright, Illinois (Hall of Fame inductee 2004).
Below are the requirements of this award.
PAC Hall of Fame
The following process will be used to select one
(1) recipient each year for induction into the
National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association PAC
Hall of Fame. The NRLCA will provide a plaque,
and possibly another appropriate gift to be awarded to the person selected. The NRLCA shall also
maintain another plaque which will include the
engraved names of each year’s inductee. This
plaque will normally remain at the National Office
except during our National Convention, when it
will be on display at the PAC table.
Nomination
Any NRLCA member may place into nomination the name of their state’s prospective PAC
Hall of Fame inductee. The nominee may be
actively serving as a PAC chair, may have held the
position in the past, or may be an individual contributor. Nominations will be forwarded to the
vice president of the NRLCA. All nominations
must be received no later than two (2) months
prior to the opening session of the National
Convention.
Nominations must be received in the office
of PAC Manager Anthony Vilardo no later
than the end of May.
Selection
The NRLCA vice president (or designee) will
select members of a committee which will consist
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of three active PAC chairs plus two representatives from the national office. A PAC chair who
has been nominated for induction into the PAC
Hall of Fame may not serve on the selection
committee.
The NRLCA vice president (or designee) will
assign a number to each nominee so that the
committee members do not know the names of
the nominees. The National Office will provide
all of the necessary information that is available
to the members of the committee.
The NRLCA vice president (or designee) may
also request that additional information be provided by the nominee’s state president. An
inductee will be chosen by a majority vote of the
committee members.
Criteria
(PAC chair)
Major consideration will be given to the
following:
1. Years of service
2. Amount of PAC funds collected (primarily the rate of per capita contributions)
3. Consistent performance
4. Improvement (from year to year and compared to previous PAC chair)
Other qualities to be considered:
1. Other positions held in the Association
2. Awards received (union and Postal
Service)
3. Years as a union member
4. Community service
(Individual contributor)
5. Total amount of PAC contributions over
an extended period of time.
Presentation of award
The president of the National Rural Letter
Carriers’ Association will honor the most deserving candidate by inducting him/her into the PAC
Hall of Fame during the business session of the
National Convention.
The National Rural Letter Carrier
2008 PAC Hall of Fame winner Dennis Nelson
At the 104th National Convention held in
Lexington, KY last August, the PAC Hall of Fame
Award was presented by National PAC Chair Gus
Baffa to WIRLCA PAC Chair Dennis Nelson.
Reprinted here is that presentation.
GUS BAFFA: This is the seventh year for our
PAC Hall of Fame. With each passing year, it
becomes more difficult to select from the many
deserving nominations.
This year’s winner began his career with the
Postal Service in 1977 as a 73 Substitute. He has
served in various posts in his county, local, and
state board, including state president. In 1994,
he became his state’s PAC chair and, through the
years, has raised more than $200,000 for PAC.
His colleagues will testify that he has always been
on the cutting edge of PAC fundraising.
At each state convention, delegates await
what new and exciting fundraising idea he
has come up with. We’re told, even though
we’d rather not see it, that he once wore a
swimsuit to raise PAC funds.
For his outstanding and dedicated service
to both the NRLCA and the NRLCA
PAC, I am extremely pleased to announce
this year’s PAC Hall of Fame inductee, Mr.
Dennis Nelson from the state of
Wisconsin. (Cheers and applause)
DENNIS NELSON: This is quite an
honor. I didn’t even know that I had been
nominated, so it caught me off guard. I
wore my finest suit. (Laughter) I hope that
whoever did nominate me actually said
something that was true. I think that’s probably
unlikely since I was, in fact, selected. (Laughter)
One thing I know that was not true, they mentioned about me wearing a swimsuit? That’s not
correct. They threw me in with my clothes on.
(Laughter)
Anyhow, I really am without words here. I
would like to thank the selection committee and
particularly the members of the Wisconsin delegation. Thank you. All in all, the state PAC chairmen are really just the ones that pass the hats
around and if it weren’t for the state’s members
and auxiliary, that hat would never get filled up
and our Political Action Committee would not
be supported. So thank you very much. I sure
appreciate it. (Applause)
PAC Manager Anthony Vilardo (left) and PAC Chair Gus Baffa (right) induct
Wisconsin PAC Chair Dennis Nelson into the PAC Hall of Fame.
For information on this year’s National Convention August 18-21 in Grapevine, TX,
see the 2009 pre-convention issue of the National Rural Letter Carrier being mailed
in mid-May.
May 2009
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N ATIONAL C ONVENTION D ELEGATE B ALLOT
Convention Delegate
Nominations
Appearing below is Section 3 of Article
VI of the Constitution of the National
Rural Letter Carriers’ Association. It sets
forth in detail the election procedures for
delegates to the national convention. This
article complies with labor laws which
require that national delegates must be
elected by direct vote of the membership.
In accordance with Section 3 of Article
VI, a nominating ballot appears below:
• You may nominate yourself or someone
else as a candidate for delegate to the national convention.
• Mail your SIGNED ballot to your state
secretary whose name and address appear on
the opposite page.
• Nominations must be in the office of the
state secretary at least forty (40) days prior to
the opening of your state convention.
Article VI — Section 3
Delegates
A. Eligibility
1. Each state association shall be entitled to
representation by one delegate for every 100
members or major fraction thereof and one
Delegate-at-Large.
Membership shall be based on the number of
dues withholding and cash pay Bargaining
Unit and Retired Members. In order for a
state to receive credit for cash pay members,
dues must be received no later than the close
of business on the first day of the
Convention.
2. Only Bargaining Unit Members and Retired
Members in good standing may be nominated,
elected or seated as delegates. Such “good
standing” status shall be the sole prerequisite
for determining eligibility or entitlement to
service as a delegate or to any payment or benefit, except that a state may establish reasonable
rules to ensure attendance at the Convention.
3. A member who from the time of nomination through the end of the convention holds
any position in USPS management or a job
which competes with the USPS or this
Association shall be ineligible to serve as delegate.
B. Nomination
1. Within each state association, nominations
for National Delegate shall be submitted by
U.S. Mail to the Secretary-Treasurer on a
nominating ballot or copy. The nominating
ballot shall be signed and show the name and
address of the member making the nomination, and may include self-nomination. The
nominating ballot shall be published in the
February, March, April and May issues of The
National Rural Letter Carrier.
2. Nominations must be received in the
office of the State Secretary at least 40 days
prior to the opening of the state convention.
Upon receipt, the State Secretary shall send a
notice of nomination to the candidate by
U.S. Mail.
C. Elections
1. A member must be on the rolls at least 40
days prior to the opening of the state convention in order to be eligible to vote for
National Delegates.
2. The State Secretary shall prepare a ballot
listing the candidates for National Delegate.
Instructions on each ballot shall include the
number of delegates to be elected, the deadline for return of the ballot and the mailing
address of the designated post office box.
The number of votes cast on each ballot shall
not exceed the number of delegates to which
the state association was entitled at the previous convention.
3. The State Secretary shall cause the ballot
to be mailed to eligible members at least 20
days prior to the opening of the state convention. In addition, the State Secretary/
Designee shall arrange for the rental of a post
office box for the receipt of the ballots and
another for the return of undeliverable ballots.
4. An envelope marked “Ballot” shall be provided in which to seal the ballot. To permit
verification of membership and to maintain
the integrity of the voting procedure, an
outer envelope, also marked “Ballot” which
clearly identifies the name and address of the
member, shall also be provided. The sealed
envelope containing the ballot shall be placed
in the outer envelope by the member and
mailed to the designated post office box.
5. An Election Committee shall be appointed
by the State President. No candidate for
National Delegate may serve on the Election
Committee. After the deadline for receipt of
ballots, the Election Committee shall collect
and tabulate the ballots at the state convention. The post office box designated for the
return of ballots shall be accessible only to
the Election Committee.
6. Any candidate or designee may observe
NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE
NOMINATING BALLOT
I am a member of the ___________________ Rural Letter Carriers’ Association.
Name ___________________________________________________________
Signature ________________________________________________________
Address _________________________________________________________
City ________________________ State _____________ Zip _______________
I hereby submit the name of: _________________________________________
Address _________________________________________________________
City ________________________ State _____________ Zip _______________
as a candidate for delegate to the 2009 National Convention of the National
Rural Letter Carriers’ Association. To the best of my knowledge, the above nominee qualifies under the provisions set forth in Article VI, Section 3, as cited above.
Mail to your state secretary listed on the following page.
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the ballot tabulation. In reporting the results
of the election, the candidates shall be placed
on a roster in the order of votes received.
The number of delegates to which the state is
entitled shall be declared regular delegates;
the remaining candidates shall be declared
alternates.
7. Each state association shall be entitled to
one Delegate-at-Large from the roster of
elected regular delegates. That position shall
be filled by a state officer in ranking order,
beginning with the State President. A state
officer may not be automatically declared a
delegate by virtue of office unless elected b y
direct vote of the membership. National-Paid
Delegates shall be named in accordance with
the plurality of votes received.
8. The State Secretary shall prepare credentials in duplicate for the Delegate-at-Large,
regular delegates and an appropriate number
of alternates immediately following the state
convention and send originals to the
National Secretary-Treasurer. The duplicate
shall be provided to the delegate for identifi-
cation. The state’s seal shall be embossed on
the face of credentials.
9. Delegates holding proper credentials shall
be seated at the National Convention if their
state has paid National Per Capita Tax for
members in good standing. The National
Secretary-Treasurer shall notify each
state
association of the status of its National Per
Capita Tax at least two weeks prior to the
National Convention.
2008 - 2009 State Secretaries
Alabama
Freddie Brannon
947 County Rd. 12
Headland, AL
36345-6337
Illinois
Pete Harrington
2640 Sunnyview Dr.
Illiopolis, IL
62539-3635
Arizona
Michaela Richard
8150 E. Quill St.
Mesa, AZ 85207-9731
Indiana
Larry Gunnell
305 E. Sycamore St.
Galveston, IN
46932-9782
Arkansas
Sharon Goforth
200 Huddleston Ln.
Batesville, AR
72501-9748
California
Heidi Powell
P.O. Box 902
Nevada City, CA
95959-0902
Colorado
Donna Schmidt
1080 42nd St. SE
Loveland, CO
80537-7573
Connecticut
Norma Kryzanowski
P.O. Box 181
Thomaston, CT
06787-0181
Delaware
Carl Roock Jr.
497 Josie Ave.
Dover, DE 19901-2800
Florida
Lee Bryant
P.O. Box 1150
Floral City, FL
34436-1150
Georgia
Glynda Wurtz
410 Westwood Dr.
Ellaville, GA
31806-3208
Idaho
Lori Bennett
306 N. Dakota Ave.
Fruitland, ID
83619-2413
May 2009
Iowa
Rex Peterson
608 E. Main St.
Belmond, IA
50421-1424
Kansas
Jane Moore
P.O. Box 126
McPherson, KS
67460-0126
Kentucky
Donna Cissell
1484 Pine Creek Trl.
Shepherdsville, KY
40165-7298
Louisiana
Helen Webb
1244 Sam Webb Loop
Noble, LA 71462-2451
Maine
Hank Traver
PO Box 433
Limerick, ME
04048-0433
Maryland
Sharon Meusel
P.O. Box 213
Joppa, MD
21085-0213
Massachusetts
Steven McCarthy
2 E. Concord St.,
Apt. 1
Boston, MA
02118-1907
Michigan
Lois Pilon
P.O. Box 40
Bark River, MI 49807
Minnesota
James Obermoller
184 Railroad Ave.
Round Lake, MN
56167-9775
Mississippi
Roger Clayton
500 State Hwy 30 W.
New Albany, MS
38652-2405
Missouri
Terrllyne Stockton
1279 Rehmert Rd.
Bland, MO
65014-2125
Montana
Debbi Propp
35353 County Rd. 128
Sidney, MT
59270-4232
Nebraska
Nancy Caples
P.O. Box 237
Firth, NE 68358-0237
Nevada
Joan Reynolds
1110 E. Crystal
Canyon Ct.
Reno, NV 89506-6816
New Hampshire
William LeBeau
5 Raymond Ln.
Newmarket, NH
03857-2162
New Jersey
Theresa Pratt
8 Catherine Ct.
Sicklerville, NJ
08081-3806
New Mexico
Arlene Macaw
3900 Crow Rd.
Las Cruces, NM
88007-8948
New York
Lois Bailey
P.O. Box 787
Millerton, NY
12546-0787
Tennessee
Rick Harris
1076 Scott Rd.
Bethpage, TN
37022-8715
North Carolina
Ronald Lineberger
3668 Startown Rd.
Maiden, NC
28650-8722
Texas
Pamela Smith
481 Pecan Dr.
Burleson, TX
76028-6309
North Dakota
Dorene Haugen
1707 Bonn Blvd.
Bismarck, ND
58504-7014
Ohio
John Aichholz
7303 S. Township Rd.
#187
Attica, OH
44807-9424
Oklahoma
Peggy Fox
49501 Hughes Rd.
Alva, OK 73717-1194
Oregon
Sandra Persons
43025 SE Oral Hull Rd.
Sandy, OR 97055-6717
Pennsylvania
Joseph Duschl IV
P.O. Box 403
Schaefferstown, PA
17088-0403
Rhode Island
Sandra Kennedy
43 Beverly Cir.
Greenville, RI
02828-2720
Utah
Blayne Butterfield
5174 Lowe Peak Dr.
Riverton, UT
84096-6401
Vermont
Deborah Benson
P.O. Box 87
Grand Isle, VT
05458-0087
Virginia
Debra Atwell
11100 Maiden Creek
Rd.
Abingdon, VA
24210-9356
Washington
Becky Wendlandt
2811 N. Chase Ln.
Liberty Lake, WA
99019-5002
West Virginia
Kathryn Craig
420 Craig Dr.
Walkersville, WV
26447-1700
South Carolina
Keith Keller
380 Hickory Nut Rd.
Inman, SC 29349-9239
Wisconsin
Karen Schauer
5857 Prill Rd.
Eau Claire, WI
54701-8215
South Dakota
Kathy Hegge
25176 478th Ave.
Garretson, SD
57030-5900
Wyoming
Tammy Schrage
205 Hwy 20 N.
Worland, WY
82401
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Question Box:
Free Saturday Provisions
National Director of Steward Operations Ronnie Stutts
T
he Free Saturday rule is new to many rural
carriers, since most carriers have been on
K routes for several years. Congress first
granted “Free Saturdays” to rural carriers
because they were scheduled to work six days a
week when other Postal Service employees were
scheduled to work only five days per week. The
provisions for this law were put into effect on
February 1, 1947, and approved on April 30,
1947. The Saturday leave provisions were made
part of the National Agreement at a later date
and are currently found in Article 10, Section
4.A. The Saturday leave provisions still only
apply to those carriers scheduled for work 6 days
a week.
A carrier assigned to an H route is entitled to
the Saturday provisions on each Saturday provided the carrier meets the requirements. A carrier
assigned to a J route is entitled to the Saturday
leave provisions only when the J day does not
interrupt the sick or annual leave period that
would qualify the carrier to have the Saturday not
charged to annual leave. A K route carrier is
never entitled to the “Free Saturday” provisions,
since they are not scheduled to work 6 days per
week.
The provisions governing Free Saturdays in
Article 10, Section 4.A are as follows:
Section 4. Saturday Leave
A. The approved absence on a Saturday of a regular rural carrier, substitute, or rural carrier associate (*See note below) in a leave earning capacity, which occurs within or at the beginning or
end of a period of annual or sick leave, shall be
without charge to such leave or loss of compensation provided the appropriate leave balance on
the Form 1223 (Earnings Statement) reflects at
least 6 days of leave and the following conditions
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are met:
1. There are more than 5 days of annual or sick
leave within the period; or
2. There are more than 4 days of annual or sick
leave plus a holiday (see Article 11) within the
period. If a holiday falls on Saturday, which is a
scheduled work day, absence on the preceding
Friday shall be without charge to leave. If the
leave period is 4 days or less, absence on Friday
shall be charged to leave.
3. Interruption during the approved period of
annual or sick leave by court leave due to circumstances beyond the employee’s control shall
not disqualify the carrier for coverage as provided
in 1. or 2. above.
B. Upon request, a rural carrier shall be granted
annual leave or leave without pay on Saturday, at
the carrier’s option, provided a leave replacement
is available.
*Rural Carrier Associates in a leave earning
capacity on auxiliary routes (Designation 79)
do not qualify for Free Saturdays.
Note: The appropriate leave balance on the
check stub (Form 1223) must reflect a minimum
of 6 days leave (annual and/or sick) to qualify
for the “Free Saturday(s)”.
Relief day other than Saturday for
“Free Saturday” Provision
The situation is a bit more complex for the Jroute carrier with a relief day other than Saturday.
When a carrier on a J route has a relief day other
than Saturday, the “Free Saturday” provisions
will be applied as follows:
(1) If leave is taken during a period of Saturday
through Saturday of the week which includes the
relief day, the carrier would be charged 6 days
The National Rural Letter Carrier
annual leave. (As an example, assume that
Monday, June 8 was the relief day (J day) and the
carrier is on annual leave from Saturday, June 6
through Saturday, June 13. The continuity of
his or her period of leave is broken by the J day.
Therefore, he or she would be charged with 6
days of annual leave.
(2) If the same carrier takes leave for the period
of Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June
20, which does not include his or her relief day,
he or she would be charged for only 5 days annual, since Monday, June 15 is a scheduled work
day and not the relief day.
**The above example would be the same
regardless of the relief day taken other than
Saturday. (See example with this article)
The rule of thumb is no matter what day of the
week is taken for the relief day other than
Saturday, you cannot utilize the relief day within
a period of leave to obtain a Free Saturday.
***Remember, it has to be mutually agreeable to both the regular carrier and the manager to have a relief day on a day other than
Saturday on a J route.
Leave taken for the purpose of the Free Saturday
does not have to be in the same pay period. The
pay system will calculate the Free Saturday when
it overlaps into another pay period.
** “O” & “X” codes cannot be used and will
cause you to lose the Free Saturday(s). In
addition, using codes “F” or “P” will result in
annual leave being charged for the
Saturday(s), because code “F” and “P” are
actual work days. “Z” codes cannot be used
because the system cannot differentiate
between 8 hours accumulated for a Z day and
a full day taken for official steward work.
DACA code (4) for a day of reflection also
cannot be used for a “Free Saturday(s).”
Caution should be taken when taking annual
leave for the purpose of the Free Saturday provision. If you are unsure, have your manager refer
to the F-21, Chapter 5.
May 2009
PS Form 3971
It is imperative that rural carriers fill out a
Request For Leave Form (PS Form 3971) for
the entire period of requested leave. Even
though the Saturday(s) are free, the PS Form
3971 should reflect requested annual or sick
leave for the Saturdays.
Effect of Holidays
If a Holiday falls within the period of five otherwise chargeable days, the leave balance is
reduced by only four (4) days, and there is no
leave charged for the Saturdays within or at the
end of the period.
When the leave period ends on a Saturday,
which is also a Holiday, the preceding Friday is
considered to be the Holiday. Both Saturdays are
free, and the leave charge is four (4) days.
The situation is a little different if the first day of
the leave period is a Saturday and also a Holiday.
To take full advantage of the free Saturday provision, it would be necessary to begin the leave
period on the preceding Friday. The Friday
would be considered the Holiday, and the
Saturday would be free, and five (5) days annual
leave would be charged. If the leave period began
on Saturday instead of the Friday, five (5) days
would still be charged.
Coding Free Saturdays
on the Time Card
Caution should be taken when coding the time
card for the “Free Saturday(s)”. Even though the
Saturday(s) will not be charged to annual leave,
the time card must be coded as annual leave or
sick leave for the Saturdays. An “X or O” cannot
be coded on the time card for the Saturday. This
will interrupt the “Free Saturday” necessary period of leave.
Free Saturday Examples
With the results of the 2009 National Mail
Count in and with the realization that there will
be more J and H routes than there have been
since the 2008 mail count, situations that we
have not dealt with in the case of K routes have
suddenly come to the forefront. The most significant of which is the issue of “Free Saturdays”
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and how they apply to the H and J routes. The
following information is being provided to assist
carriers in dealing with annual and sick leave and
how best to utilize the provisions of the contract
that allow for “Free Saturdays.” Public Law 8044, enacted in 1947, allowed rural carriers to take
leave for a week or more without being charged
for the absence on Saturdays. These provisions
have been continued in the USPS/NRLCA
National Agreements.
the holiday falls on Saturday this year, the scheduled Holiday is the preceding day, Friday, July 3.)
The system is programmed to recognize when
the “Free Saturday” provisions apply and will
charge leave accordingly. The carrier is only
charged 4 days of annual leave.
Below are examples of H and J routes and how
“Free Saturdays” apply for the upcoming Fourth
of July Holiday in 2009.
Below is an example of a “J” route that takes
annual leave from Saturday, June 27, 2009
through Saturday, July 4, 2009. In this example
the “J” day falls on Saturday, July 4, 2009. The
carrier would only be charged for 4 days of annual leave since Saturday, June 27 was a scheduled
work day and Friday, July 3, 2009 was a scheduled Holiday. (Note: Since the Holiday falls on
Saturday this year and Saturday, July 4 is the carrier’s scheduled “J” day, the scheduled Holiday is
the preceding day, Friday, July 3.)
The time cards would be annotated as follows:
FREE SATURDAY FOR
UPCOMING FOURTH OF JULY
HOLIDAY, 2009
H ROUTE:
Below is an example of an H route that takes
annual leave from Saturday, June 27, 2009
through Saturday, July 4, 2009. In this example
the carrier would only be charged 4 days of annual leave.
The time cards would be annotated as follows:
* Note Saturday, July 4 is in PP 15. This will not
cause a problem. Also keep in mind that the time
card is annotated with annual leave for all days
excluding the Holiday on Friday, July 3. (Since
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J ROUTE:
(SATURDAY RELIEF DAY ON EITHER
END OF THE SCHEDULED LEAVE)
* Note Saturday, July 4 is in PP 15. This will not
cause a problem. To qualify for “Free
Saturday(s)” the leave does not have to be in the
same pay period. Also keep in mind that the time
card is annotated with annual leave for all days
excluding the Holiday on Friday, July 3, and the
scheduled “J” day on Saturday, July 4, 2009. The
The National Rural Letter Carrier
system is programmed to recognize when the
“Free Saturday” provisions apply and will charge
leave accordingly. The carrier is only charged 4
days of annual leave.
In the above example, if the “J” day had been
on Saturday, June 27, 2009, the carrier would
still only be charged with 4 days’ annual leave
since the Holiday falls on Saturday and the preceding day (Friday, July 3) would be the carrier’s
scheduled Holiday.
J ROUTE WITH RELIEF DAY OTHER
THAN SATURDAY (MONDAY):
The situation is a bit more complex for the “J”
route carrier with a relief day other than Saturday.
The examples below show a “J” route with a
relief day on Monday.
The example below shows a carrier on a “J”
route with a relief day on Monday, June 8 of the
first week of Pay Period 13, 2009. The carrier
takes annual leave from Saturday, June 6 through
Saturday, June 13 which includes the Monday
relief day.
The time cards would be annotated as follows:
first week of Pay Period 13, 2009. The carrier
takes annual leave from Saturday, June 13
through Saturday, June 20 which does not include
the Monday relief day.
The time cards would be annotated as follows:
*Note in the above example the continuity of
the annual leave is not broken by the Monday “J”
day. Therefore, the carrier would only be charged
with 5 days of annual leave.
** Keep in mind you must have a leave balance of at least 6 days on PS Form 1223
(Earnings Statement), to qualify for the Free
Saturdays.
The following DACA codes will not break the
continuity for a Free Saturday on J, H, or M
routes:
Annual Leave
DACA code A
Sick Leave
DACA code S
Donated Leave
DACA code D
Court Leave
DACA code 6 (New Code)
Holiday Leave
DACA code H
All other DACA codes will not qualify for a
Free Saturday.
*Note the continuity of the annual leave is broken by the Monday relief day “J” day. Therefore
the carrier would be charged with 6 days of annual leave.
The example below shows a carrier on a “J”
route with a relief day on Monday, June 8 of the
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Question Box on Relief Day Work List
ARTICLE 8: HOURS OF WORK
period regardless of the route classification.
Section 5. Relief Day Worked
Q
An RCA is the successful bidder on a route
and the effective date of the assignment
will be two (2) weeks after the first full pay
period in May. Can this RCA sign the
RDWL?
A. The relief day work list at each delivery unit
shall be established twice during each guarantee
period. Each time the new relief day work list is
established it shall supersede the previous list. All
regular carriers, regardless of route classification,
No. RCAs are not eligible to sign the
desiring to work their relief days shall place their
RDWL.
The employee must be a regular
names on the relief day work list.
rural
carrier
during
the designated period for
The first opportunity to sign the relief day work
list will be two weeks prior to the beginning of the establishment of the list.
new guarantee period. The second opportunity
to sign the relief day work list will be two
If a carrier signs the RDWL when assigned
weeks prior to the beginning of the first full
to an “H” route, that carrier is not
pay period in May. (*Note: This year this is
available to work, as there is no relief day
April 25.*) When a regular rural carrier is needon an “H” route. How will this carrier be
ed to work a relief day, due to the unavailability of
affected with regard to the administration
a leave replacement, the Employer will:
of the RDWL if the route becomes a “J” or
“K”?
1. Select carriers on the list, in order of seniority
on a rotating basis, to work on the relief day.
The carrier was not able to work (no relief
day)
during the normal rotation when it
2. If the need still exists, the Employer will
accept volunteers from regular carriers not on the was necessary to utilize the RDWL to work regulist before requiring regular carriers not on the list lar carriers on their relief day. Once the route
to work the relief day. Such requirement will be by becomes a “J” or “K” classification, the carrier
will then be selected to work his/her relief day in
juniority.
the normal rotation.
***
This section was changed to establish a Relief
Can a carrier who is injured on duty
Day Work List (RDWL) twice during each guar(IOD), sign the RDWL?
antee period. Each RDWL supersedes the previously established list. In addition, all regular rural
carriers may sign the RDWL regardless of whether
A carrier who is injured on duty may sign
the assigned route has a relief day at the time the
the RDWL during the designated period
carrier signs the list.
regardless of whether he or she is working a limited duty assignment, but would be bypassed in the
A carrier is currently assigned to an “H” normal rotation while unable to perform the full
route. Can this carrier sign the Relief Day duties of the assigned route.
Work List (RDWL)?
A
Q
A
Q
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Yes. All regular rural carriers are entitled to
sign the RDWL during the designated
The National Rural Letter Carrier
FERS Sick Leave Legislation
Clears U.S. House
Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs Kevin Talley
I
t is important to accrue sick leave throughout
employment to ensure that you have a buffer
in case of serious illness or injury, but what
happens to all those hours at retirement?
When the Federal Employee Retirement System
(FERS) was enacted in 1986, legislators designed
it to be different from the system that was then in
place, the Civil Service Retirement System
(CSRS). A major difference, which has become
more apparent in recent years, is the use of unused
sick leave at retirement. CSRS employees are able
to save sick leave throughout their careers and factor that time when calculating their annuities. For
example, if you have 29 years of service and a year
of sick leave saved up, your annuity would be calculated for 30 years. But what about the FERS
employees? The use-it-or-lose-it system now in
place has proved ineffective, wasteful, and unfair
to those employees who should be rewarded for
making sure they are prepared for all situations.
As a result, many believe that FERS employees
will use more of their sick leave as they approach
retirement (resulting in productivity losses) than
their CSRS counterparts. This costs the government about $68 million a year. FERS employees
comprise an increasing percentage of the federal
workforce, and by 2014 virtually all federal
employees are expected to be in FERS.
The House of Representatives has examined this
issue over the past few years and is ready to make
some changes so that most federal and all postal
employees are able to get credit for their unused
sick leave. Three bills have been introduced on
the subject, and two have already passed the
House floor. The two that have passed, H.R.
1804 and H.R. 1256, include many other provisions and are awaiting Senate action. We are anticipating movement over the coming months. H.R.
958 has also been introduced this Congress, by
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Rep. Frank Wolf (RVA). This is a bill specifically dedicated to the
issue at hand and currently has 40 co-sponsors at
press time. The bill would “make unused sick
leave creditable, for purposes of the Federal
Employees’ Retirement System, in the same manner as provided for under the Civil Service
Retirement System.”
We are encouraging all NRLCA members to
contact their members in the House to urge them
to sign on to H.R. 958. If you have questions
about the issue or if you would like to see if your
member is signed onto the bill, please visit our
Government Affairs section at the national website (www.nrlca.org).
Other Items of Interest Contained in H.R. 1804
Thrift Savings Plan Changes
-Automatically enrolls new employees in the TSP G fund
-Creates a Roth 401(k) option
-Gives TSP Board flexibility in creating new funds and investment opportunities
May 2009
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Drivers are Stress-Free after
an Accident with SmartValet
Director of the GMAC Rural Letter Carrier
Vehicle Insurance Plan Shirley Corno
M
illions of people experience auto accidents each year and many are faced with
the added stress of picking up the pieces
during the aftermath. With GMAC Insurance’s
SmartValet, drivers don’t need to face the daunting tasks of finding alternate transportation and
managing their repairs alone.
SmartValet1 is a service designed to take care of
all the transportation details when a customer is
involved in an automobile accident—from rental
car delivery and pick up of the damaged car to
returning the repaired vehicle back to their
doorstep. The benefit is immediately available free
of charge to all policyholders nationwide with
rental coverage.
SmartValet offers pick-up of the customer’s or
claimant’s2 damaged car—even if it’s still drivable—and drop off of a rental car. From there,
drivers can choose to have GMAC Insurance
deliver their damaged car to a repair shop within
the company’s premier direct repair network (if
available in their area) to ensure the highest-quality repairs with a lifetime guarantee. As always,
customers can specify the body shop of their
choice3.
Other insurers offer limited roadside assistance
and concierge-style benefits, but most restrict
their help to only certain aspects of the recovery
process—for example, delivering a rental car to
the accident scene, but requiring the driver to
drop it off when picking up their repaired vehicle.
GMAC Insurance goes one step further with
SmartValet, delivering the repaired car back to the
customer.
“As an insurance company, it’s our job to make
the entire experience after an accident as comfortable as possible,” said George Hall, vice president
Claims, GMAC Insurance Personal Lines.
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“Drivers shouldn’t have to worry about finding
alternate transportation, getting their damaged
car to a repair shop and then picking up the fixed
vehicle. GMAC Insurance’s SmartValet takes that
unnecessary burden off their shoulders, so they
can focus on getting back to their lives.”
The Rural Letter Carrier Vehicle Insurance
Plan is the inside connection for auto insurance. Rural letter carriers should never have unanswered questions when it comes to auto insurance. If you have questions about your current
policy, or would like a free quote call 1-888-3257727, or visit www.gmacinsurance.com.
###
Available nationwide through select repair
shops. Applies to covered comprehensive or collision claims. Must have rental reimbursement coverage.
1
2
GMAC Insurance policyholders must have
rental reimbursement coverage. If you are not a
GMAC Insurance policyholder, coverage and liability must be determined before this service can
be delivered.
3
Not all repair shops offer the SmartValet service.
4
This guarantee does not extend to radiators,
A/C condensers, windshields, and routine maintenance parts, such as batteries, spark plugs and
oil filters.
© 2007 SmartValet, SmartParts and
SmartServices are service marks of GMAC.
© 2007 GMAC. All Rights Reserved. GMAC
Insurance is a registered service mark.
The National Rural Letter Carrier
Congratulations to the
following rural carriers
who have achieved
membership milestones in
the NRLCA:
Membership News
Above & Beyond
60-year members:
Willard E. Allen, Iowa
William E. Bray, Arkansas
Charles H. Davis, North Carolina
Lee E. Harrington, Iowa
James E. Hope, New York
Hubert W. Moehle, Missouri
Richard H. Nichols, New York
Kenneth J. O’Neill, New York
Robert H. Parker, Iowa
Gerald R. Schafer, New York
Ralph W. Seifert, New York
Jesse A. Wright, New York
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50-year members
Frank V. Arra, New York
Lee R. Bakker, Iowa
Ronald F. Bouton, New York
Francis A. Enos, Missouri
Charles E. Hallock, Michigan
Maurice M. Jones, Wisconsin
Roscoe D. Lane, Missouri
Admah Lanier Jr., North Carolina
Carroll J. Lindsey, Missouri
Jack M. McQueen, New York
Marlin J. Moeller, Iowa
Homer E. Pruden, Missouri
George S. Reeder, Iowa
Raymond A. Reinders, Iowa
Robert E. Rogers, Iowa
Robert W. Schlapkohl, Iowa
Max D. Strang, Iowa
Gerald E. Thomas, Missouri
Adelbert D. Whittle, Iowa
Leon J. Youngblood, New York
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May 2009
Manager of Post Office Operations Richard Wynn presents Cove, AR rural carrier Troy
Dickison with a certificate expressing the appreciation of the Postal Service for going
above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of a customer.
The July sun had pushed the temperature past the 100degree mark on the day Troy Dickison spotted an elderly
man in a wheelchair on Polk County Road #32. A small
puppy sat panting on the road beside him. The man was
sunburned, disoriented and dehydrated. His wheelchair
battery was dead. Dickison, a rural carrier for the Cove, AR
post office, recognized the man as one of his customers
whose home was about five miles away. With help from a
passing motorist, Dickison made sure that the elderly man
and his dog were returned home safely.
On February 25, Manager of Post Office Operations
Richard Wynn led a brief ceremony at the Cove post office
to honor Dickison for his actions. Wynn presented him
with a certificate expressing the gratitude and appreciation
of the USPS for going above and beyond to ensure the
safety of his customer. The ceremony was attended by all
Cove post office employees.
Cove Postmaster Elizabeth Super praised Dickison.
“Hurray for mail carriers driving all those back roads, and
knowing where they are. Thanks, Troy for 26 years of great
service to the USPS, and going strong, we appreciate you.”
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Membership News
Washington’s Dynamic Duo say “Yes” to Retirement!
etirement has its share of rewards and rural NRLCA Constitution Review Committee.
carriers Patricia and Charles Alexander have Charles began his postal career in April 1979 and
earned them with honor. The dynamic duo joined the union in 1980. He too was an active
has served the Washington Rural Letter Carriers’ participant in the Whatcom County unit, holding
Association (WARLCA) faithfully day in and day the positions of District 1 representative, vice presout, and it is rare that you see one without the ident and president. Charles was elected vice presother. Indeed, the couple even retired a day apart: ident of WARLCA and then was elected president.
Patricia on October 31 and Charles on November Charles was an active member of the local
1. Now their time is now spent more leisurely. QWL/EI work team, becoming a facilitator and
Charles’s love of photography fits right in with Seattle DJSC member. He also was a member to
the Western Area
their shared interests of travJoint Steering Comeling, movies, plays, writing,
mittee.
reading, gardening, cookOn the national level
ing, Scrabble, card games,
Charles served as
attending Association meetchair of the NRLCA
ings, and being with their
Credentials
Comfamily. Their two children,
mittee, chair of the
Rick and Shelley, live nearby
Constitution & Byand they are able to spend
laws Committee and
more time with them.
as a member of
Together, Charles and
Steward Task Force 1.
Patricia Alexander have
Charles has also
given a total of 61 years of
dedicated service to the Charles and Patricia Alexander have given a total of 61 years of served as a local steward and assistant state
Postal Service. Most impor- dedicated service to the Postal Service.
steward. He is a
tantly, though, are the years of
service they have given to the WARLCA. Patricia patient, gifted leader and has mentored many
began her postal career in April 1978 and joined stewards through his role as Washington’s state
the union in 1980, beginning her active participa- steward. Many will also recognize Charles as a
tion soon thereafter. Patricia held the positions of member of the Media Committee at the National
Whatcom County secretary-treasurer and District Convention the past three years. His photography
1 representative and moved right into becoming a has added much pizzazz to the committee’s
local steward, assistant state steward and senior slideshows and presentations. Both Charles and
assistant state steward. She was elected state vice Patricia have served as president of the Western
president and then held the position of state pres- States Conference, 10 years apart. Together, they
ident for five years. Patricia also participated at all received the distinction of Washington’s 2007levels of QWL/EI, first as a local work team mem- 2008 Members of the Year.
ber, facilitator, Seattle DJSC member and National Charles and Patricia Alexander have given their
Joint Steering Committee member. Patricia just heart and soul to the union for many years. The
doesn’t say “no” to any opportunity to support WARLCA and NRLCA would like to thank them
the union and the state of Washington was hon- for their dedicated service and wish them a happy
ored when she was selected to serve on the and healthy retirement!
R
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In Memoriam
Julius G. Kamphuis, 91, of Holland, Michigan
passed away February 17, 2009 at his home. He
was born September 11, 1917 in West Olive. He
was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army
from 1941-1945, and received the Bronze Star.
Julius was first a rural carrier in Holland and
then retired from West Olive after 25 years of service. He was a 60-year member of the NRLCA.
Julius was a member of Harlem Reformed
Church and served as elder, deacon, superintendant and teacher in Sunday School and catechism.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Christine;
three children; eight grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; two sisters; and many nieces and
nephews.
John E. Maloy, late 50s, passed away January
26, 2009 at Margaret Dozier Hospice House in
Tallahassee, FL. He was a rural carrier for 15 years
and an active member of FLRLCA District 8. In
District 8, he was PAC chair for six years and
Carrier of the Year in 2005. He attended many
state conventions and the National Convention in
2002. John will be remembered as a man always
willing to lend a hand to those in need and a family man. He is survived by his wife, Amber, of 36
years; a son (also a rural carrier) and three grandchildren.
Wilford S. Penny, 77,
passed away March 22,
2009 at Beacon Hospice
at Margaret’s House in
Longview, Texas. He was
born November 20, 1931,
in Linden. He began his
postal career in 1949 as a
sub for his father and retired from the Postal
Service in 1988, having spent most of 37 years as
a rural carrier in Linden, Marietta, and Hughes
Springs, TX. He would always say, “the mail has
to go with service and a smile.” Wilford served as
secretary and president of Local 66 of the TXRLCA. In 1976, he was elected secretary to the state
board of TXRLCA and held that position until
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1985. In 1996, he was appointed editor of The
Texas Carrier, and served in that position from
1996 through the June issue in 2008. At the 1997
National Convention, he was presented with the
First Place Award for Best State Newspaper for
1996. He was also chosen as Retired Carrier of the
Year for 2006.
Wilford served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951
to 1956. He was a member of the Linden United
Methodist Church for over 50 years, where he
sang in the choir and was director of the Men’s
Choir. He served for six years as mayor of Linden,
was a member of the Linden Lions Club and was
well-known in the area for his entertaining as
“Willie” in the Linden Lions Follies.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and his
parents. Survivors include his wife, Laura; two
children; three sisters; three grandchildren and a
host of nieces and nephews.
Homer “Gene” Pruden, 87, passed away at his
home on March 4, 2009. He was born February
25, 1922 in Arapahoe, NE. He joined the Army
and served until 1945 in the Quartermaster Corp.
He married Betty Davis on March 31,1943 and
they had seven children.
Gene became a part-time clerk and substitute
rural carrier for the Adrian Post Office in 1948.
He became a full-time carrier in 1957 and
remained on Route 2 until his retirement in
1985. He became a 50-year member of the
NRLCA in 2009.
Gene was proud to be a rural carrier. Many of
the children who grew up on his route remember
that he gave candy and gum out on Saturdays.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty and
four children, two of whom are employed with
the Postal Service.
Lyell Wagenveld, 95, a retired rural carrier from
the Holland, Michigan area, passed away on
March 14, 2009. Born on August 21, 1913, Lyell
served the Postal Service for 30 years. He joined
the union in 1937, earning him the distinction of
being an NRLCA member for 72 years.
The National Rural Letter Carrier
March 2009
PAC Contributions
Anthony Vilardo, PAC Manager
T
his issue of the magazine features those rural letter carriers whose generous cumulative contributions received in the National Office from July 15- March 31, 2009 reached the designated level below during the previous month. Please make all checks/money orders payable to
NRLCA-PAC.
March Aggregate
1 TX $6,183 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janis Cassens
2 NC $4,482 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Van Heath
3 OH $3,986 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ray Nichols
Year to Date Aggregate
1 TX $27,552 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Janis Cassens
2 OH $25,207 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Raymond Nichols
3 IL $20,502 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emily Anderson
March Per Capita
1 SD $3.45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Don Neumayr
2 ND $2.02 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Phillip Quick
3 WY $1.92 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kay Rose
Year to Date Per Capita
1 OK $7.90 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Burl & Dru Webb
2 KS $6.83 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Ney
3 IA $6.53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shirley Ring
EMERALD CAPITOL $1500+ — MARCH 2009
None
DIAMOND CAPITOL $1,000 - $1499 — MARCH 2009
Texas
Louthan, Gary
Hale Center
RUBY CAPITOL $500 - $999 — MARCH 2009
Alabama
Tate, Janice
Gordo
ELITE $250 - $499 — MARCH 2009
Alabama
Moyer, Dennis
Indiana
Ashville
California
Rich, Lisa
May 2009
Redding
Hunt, Kenneth
Jones, Helen
North Dakota
Martinsville
Columbus
Bechtold, Jon
Virginia
Glen Ullin
Tennessee
Brown, James
King, Paul
Grundy
Washington
Kingsport
Cammack, Michael
Entiat
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EXECUTIVE $100 - $249 — MARCH 2009
Alabama
Coker, Carolyn
Evers, Timothy
Howell, Carol
Valley
Dadeville
Quinton
Spence, Bennie
Campbell, Vennis Greenfield
Varner, Martha Grandview
Watkins, James
Warsaw
Montana
Kansas
Arkansas
Birkhead, Warren
Bosnick, Stanley
Indiana
Ola
Moro
Troeger, Norman
Beverly
Presnell, Robert McPherson
Arizona
Kentucky
Armenta, Cande
Somerton
Higley, Jean Apache Junction
Locke, Otis
Louisiana
California
Latiolais, Glenda Breaux Bdge
Sellers, Barbara
Dubach
Tompkins, Katherine
Greensburg
Helgesen, Frank
Kronberg, June
Menifee
Willows
Colorado
Bailey, Karen
Longmont
Florida
Adams, Gloria
Bradenton
Meadows, Mary
Polk City
Moore, David Barefoot Bay
Pulver, Alfred
Montverde
Valla, Joseph
Ft Myers
Wetherington, Bonnie Dover
Georgia
Fortson, Charles
Parks, Jerome
Waters, Charlie
Elberton
Albany
Ellijay
Iowa
Baughman, Julia
Centerville
Russellville
Carriere
Foss, Clinton
Ballantine
North Carolina
Caudell, Mack
Sparta
Eubanks, Harold
Beulaville
Frazier, Ken
Eden
Hicks, Clyde
Monroe
Keel, Samuel
Bethel
Robinson, Ronald
Morven
Tate, James Kings Mountain
Tingen, Worth
Apex
North Dakota
Sand, Ervin
Galesburg
Maryland
Nebraska
Nordbruch, Diana Forest Hill
Woods, Virginia Hollywood
Ceder, Howard Central City
Grell, Kenneth Blue Springs
Huddle, Lawrence Madison
Krause, Kenneth
Elgin
Rose, Kay
Morrill
Schmitt, Mark
Elgin
Schmitz, Eugene
Hastings
Zimmerman, Marvin
Nebraska City
Maine
Brackett, Jeffrey New Sharon
Michigan
Dodds, Kathi
Morenci
Fowler, Elaine Saint Joseph
Harrier, Sherry
Union City
Hendershot, Merton Gagetown
Mousseau, Wilfred Ossineke
Minnesota
Buckingham, Minor W Concord
Cornish, Mike Vernon Center
Voss, Randall
Glencoe
Illinois
Missouri
Barbee, Calvin
Salem
Meisner, Charles Jerseyville
Onion, George
Abingdon
Writz, Agnes
Round Lake
Hey, Howard
Santhuff, Agnes
Kansas City
Arnold
New Hampshire
York, Dale
Woodsville
New Jersey
Southard, John
New Lisbon
New Mexico
Honeyfield, Donald Peralta
Laviolette, Mark Rio Rancho
Magby, Wilma
Carlsbad
New York
Mississippi
Clark, Lowell
McCrary, Johnny
Lucedale
Columbus
Lacelle, David
Thatcher, Todd
Bridgeport
Perry
Ohio
Barton, Arlene
Troy
Buttermore, Bert
McComb
Dutcher, James
Millersport
Hartline, Bruce
Toronto
Ravenscraft, Bob Greenfield
Rickard, Deborah Van Wert
Schleder, Wayne Columbia
Weber, Sharon Bridgewater
Tennessee
Brodioi, Gary
Belvidere
Cook, John
Finger
Gryszko, Bradford Gallatin
Sweeten, Ramona Memphis
Oklahoma
Texas
Bowers, Billie
Idabel
Crispin, Nelda
Putnam
Donley, Samuel Grandfield
Flaherty, William
Gage
Holland, Curtice
Yukon
Jones, Clement
Pocola
Mulkey, Mary
Broken Bow
Springer, Glen Broken Arrow
Summers, Melvin Cheyenne
Worley, Thomas
Gotebo
Towanda
Bethel
Tunkhannock
Bassett, Benita
Yoakum
Catalina, John
La Feria
Creel, Terry
Newcastle
Heath, James
Denton
Hicks, Judy
Fred
Jeschke, Harley
Miles
Lovings, Vickie New Waverly
Owens, Ray
Freeport
Rennoldson, Joyce Bay City
Robison, Jackie
Damon
Schmittou, Cleburne Aubrey
Tobias, Jesus
Dallas
Tolar, Charlene
Corsicana
Tullis, Pansy
Abernathy
Arocho, Cipriano
San Sebastian
Bondurant, Kay Appomattox
Hill, David
Bridgewater
South Carolina
Washington
Pennsylvania
Camp, Kathy
Haag, Randall
Sholes, James
Puerto Rico
Clayton, William
Central
South Dakota
Cloos, John
Big Stone City
Eske, Mavis
Aberdeen
Fechner, Michael
Delmont
Fritz, Lyle
Bath
Hansen, Duane
Irene
Hegge, Kathy
Garretson
Houghton, Gail
Claire City
Nelson, Milton
Watertown
Ruhd, Darrell
Brandt
Virginia
Evans, Clayton
Des Moines
Wisconsin
Olbrantz, Leon
Marathon
Ramquist, William
New Richmond
Vangen, Thurman Ferryville
Winterhalter, Elizabeth Hartford
Zeich, Barry
Orfordville
West Virginia
Barker, Norman Glenwood
Shrewsbury, Steven
Rock
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Alabama
California
Delaware
Farrar, Barry
Lafayette
Green, Sandra
Daphne
Greene, James Montgomery
May, Robert
Russellville
Snyder, Sonja
Bryant
Speake, Holly
Dadeville
Thorne, Roland
Dothan
Vete, John
Smiths
Wilson, Wanda
Gordo
Barnes, Dennis Spring Valley
Bellomy, Merrilee West Point
Bivin, Nellie
Redding
Bonnema, Ronald
Orland
Connelly, John
Vacaville
D'Arrigo, Cathy Guerneville
Dewitt, Charles
Samoa
Fapp, Donald
Los Osos
Kratz, Lois
Live Oak
Pihaylic, Diana
Orland
Vavrynyuk, Taras Citrus Hgts
McCullough, Roy
Arkansas
Elton, Cheryl
Hamburg
Gall, Mary
Walnut Ridge
Gill, R
Tyronza
Groomes, Nan
Leola
Norman, Carl
Marianna
Reeves, Ronald
Clarksville
Rogers, Sandra
Maumelle
White, Jean
Blytheville
White, Thomas
Blytheville
Wilson, Jack
Danville
Wish, Lloyd
Clarksville
Arizona
Best, Bruce
Magana, Herman
Simmons, Nancy
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Mesa
Yuma
Peoria
Colorado
Banning, Lawrence
Buena Vista
Engler, Laura
Pueblo West
Hinde, Richard
Haxtun
Kern, Dorothy
Platteville
Parker, Marilyn
Parker
Winckel, Paul
Johnstown
Connecticut
Gilbertie, Anthony Westport
Glemboski, Bertha Colchester
Smith, George
Milford
Vaclavik, Frances Canterbury
Milford
Florida
Bly, Vivien
Interlachen
Campbell, Kenneth Sebring
DeRossett, Ronnie East Palatka
Edwards, Lee
Tallahassee
Johnson, Berness
Bonifay
King, John
Lakeland
Martin, Mattie
Orlando
Rodebush, Willis Gulf Breeze
Rogers, Claude
Rockledge
Valla, Emma
Fort Myers
Georgia
Bennett, Samuel
Culloden
Brown, V
Elberton
Burnam, Larry
West Green
Chapman, Arthur
Blakely
Cobb, Wanda Douglasville
Cook, Linda
Lafayette
Eickewhorst, James
Auburn
Findley, Vivian
Toccoa
Garmon, Albert Powder Sprgs
Minnon, David
Rincon
Ozburn, Albert
Newborn
Padgett, Shirley Hephzibah
Palmer, James
Pyles, Charles
Resendez, Donna
Wren, Curtis
Pelham
Elko
Hampton
Martinez
Iowa
Adams, E
Prairie City
Aldrich, Bertha
Alden
Babbitt, MichaelRockwell City
Chew, Montelle
Murray
Covington, Daniel
Coggon
Davis, John
Davenport
Faris, Jeffrey
Iowa Falls
Haugen, Dean Hanlontown
Helmers, Diann
Reinbeck
Holtz, William
Algona
Johnston, Paul
Keosauqua
Kruse, Ronald Lime Springs
McMains, Michael Bloomfield
Miller, Donald
Keosauqua
Nelson, Lawrence Lake View
Nissly, Michael
Waukee
Noble, Josephine West Liberty
Parmenter, Richard
Central City
Shields, David
Lineville
Slater, Leo
Lamont
Strang, Max
Cantril
Svoboda, Clair
Watters, Eugene
Williams, Robert
Clutier
Spiritlake
Lytton
Idaho
Anderson, Clarence
Mountain Home
Eld, Roberta
Caldwell
Higgins, Darlene
Hansen
Jenkins, Mike Saint Anthony
Linder, Rayme
Homedale
Olson, Jeanette
Coeur D’ Alene
Waugh, Patricia
Gooding
Illinois
Barnas, Jeffrey
Manhattan
Bautsch, Daniel
Galena
Campbell, George Plymouth
Cline, John
Dunlap
Fife, Harry
Carrier Mills
Fullerton, Eugene Coulterville
Kennelly, Teddy
Gilson
Lasser, Robert
Colfax
Meents, Lorraine
Ashkum
Mefford, Jonathan
Virginia
Miles, Forrest
Belvidere
Newell, Leslie
Strasburg
The National Rural Letter Carrier
LEADERSHIP $50 - $99 — MARCH 2009
Pate, Judith
Coal City
Severyns, Christine Big Rock
Sirois, Myrtle
Saint Anne
Stutzman, Carol
Arthur
Taylor, Maurice
Rushville
Tinklenberg, Rick
Quincy
Indiana
Blume, Donald
Evansville
Dewees, Dale
Warren
Feddersen, John
Elkhart
Graft, Richard
Bunker Hill
King, Irene
Warsaw
Komasinski, Don
Michigan City
Kuppler, Carl
Madison
Lahey, Robert
Union City
Miller, Rachel
Spencerville
Niehaus, James St Meinrad
Robinson, Michael
Elkhart
Shively, Glen
Rossville
Kansas
Brake, Emmett
Kinsley
Briscoe, Mark
Riley
Frost, Dwight
Esbon
Kelly, Patrick Overland Park
Mach, Raymond
Scandia
Piotrowski, Robert Fort Scott
Renollet, Mark
Wichita
Tarbet, Jamie Overland Park
Timm, Virginia
White City
Vanmeter, Corwin
Atlanta
Welter, Paul
Dresden
Kentucky
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NRLCA Longaberger
Baskets Now Available
A Longaberger TVTime basket with the lid engraved with the NRLCA logo and dated 2009
is now available. Baskets will be numbered and may be signed. Profits from the basket will go to
the NRLCA PAC fund.
The TVTime basket dimensions are 8” (W) x 6.25” (D) by 5.25” (front) and 7” (back height).
The basket is warm brown in color with a primary trim strip of medium blue and a secondary
trim strip of red. The trip strips are accented by eagle tack covers with an attached buckle. The
cost of the basket is $110 ($100 for OH residents) and shipped by Priority Mail. If a protector
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Make checks payable to Raymond Nichols and mail to: Raymond Nichols, 20915 Nichols Ln.,
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N ATIONAL A UXILIARY
A Program
of Blessings
2008 - 2009 Officers of the
Auxiliary of the NRLCA
President
Pat Gunnell
305 East Sycamore Street
Galveston, IN 46932-9782
Tel: 574-699-7507
Vice President
Rick Fox
49501 Hughes Road
Alva, OK 73717
Tel: 580-327-1206
Secretary
Joyce Newman
2935 150th Street
Clarinda, IA 51632-4006
Tel: 712-542-8014
Treasurer
Katie DeMeritt
6040 Metcalf Road
Jeddo, MI 48032-3707
Tel: 810-385-4808
Executive Committee
Chairman
Barbara McAdams
P.O. Box 66
Millport, AL 35576
Tel: 205-662-4258
Secretary
Lucretia Nobles
230 McDilda Drive
Lyons, GA 30436-5603
Tel: 912-526-6753
Member
Kay Carter
80 White Oak Lane
Plymouth, NC 27962-9556
Tel: 252-793-2313
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“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
Karleen Williams,
Georgia Auxiliary President
I
n choosing the song, “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, our National
President Pat Gunnell knew that the words could describe one’s
service as an Auxiliary member. Quoting the song, “I hope you
never look back but you never forget all the ones who love you and
the place you left, I hope you always forgive and you never regret
and you help somebody every chance you get.” By serving as an
Auxiliary member, I have been privileged to meet people from
throughout the nation who work hard and are very supportive of
their rural carrier spouses. By joining with them I have learned more
about the stresses and also the joys of being a carrier. In order to
work with others, whether at the post office or in the Auxiliary, we
learn to forgive and to help others. Our charitable project each year
is also a great example of helping others. By purchasing project items
from an Auxiliary member, we are helping children with life-threatening illnesses realize their dreams at the Give Kids the World
Village.
Another way to help someone is to be an organ donor. That is certainly an example of love and begins with registering with your state
donor agency, designating yourself as a donor on your driver’s
license and signing a donor card. The words of the song also say “I
hope you help somebody every chance you get” and this really
describes one who chooses to be an organ donor.
Toward the end of the song you find the words “Always give more
than you take” and this is what we as Auxiliary members must do if
we expect to have a strong, united group. Many changes are coming for our group and we must remember the words in the song that
speak of helping and loving others, of having our dreams stay big
and our worries stay small.
In closing, I quote the words of the song, “If one door opens to
another door closed, I hope you keep on walking till you find the
window, if it is cold outside, show the world the warmth of your
smile” and by remembering these words, I believe we will remain a
united group working for the good of all.
The National Rural Letter Carrier
N ATIONAL A UXILIARY
Shelba’s Story: The Gift of Life
Shelba Kruse, Kansas Auxiliary Vice President
M
y “Gift of Life” came August 27, 1997!
In California, a dying 16-year-old’s
family made a decision that gave me a
most precious gift…the gift of life!
In 1995, a developing health problem resulted in
a diagnosis and prognosis of two very poor lungs,
three years to live and complete oxygen dependency. Following tears, my husband and I concluded this was totally unacceptable. Exploring
options for a better life, free of the horrible mental and logistical burden of oxygen tanks was a priority for me!
Extensive testing began a 12-year-long relationship with the University of Colorado’s Medical
Center transplant team. As a lung transplant candidate, I went on the “list.” My health failing, I
moved up the list. Waiting on that call to mobilize
was tortuous! On August 26, 1997, an 11 p.m.
phone call brought me one family’s selfless gift of
life, a new lung! My doctor flew to California for
the lung and we were in Denver within three
hours. Surgery was early the next morning. After
being hospitalized for five days, and an outpatient
for 2 months, I returned home to begin my
renewed life.
What has this gift of life made possible? A mother’s most heart-felt moments have become mine.
I was in the audience for high school and college
graduations. I’ll be sitting in the front row at my
daughter’s wedding this June. And, the most precious gift of all was to hold my first grandchild,
Gabriel! Irreplaceable moments all, made possible
by a family’s selfless donation.
My letter was written to the donor family and,
now, this article is in your hands for action. Please
use it to make organ donation a consideration as
your future “Gift of Life”!
President Gunnell’s Program
Barbara Hutchinson, Louisiana Auxiliary Member
I
was so happy when I learned of President
Pat’s program. I have taken care of children
for most of my life. I had a daycare center for
about 25 years. I had the privilege of watching the
children as they grew and changed before my
eyes.
I have a nephew and a great-nephew that were
diagnosed with leukemia. They are in remission
now, thank God, so I know a little about lifethreatening illnesses.
It is so great that someone loves children so
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much and wants to see them filled with laughter
and having fun. It’s wonderful for them to have a
safe place to stay and for their families to be able
to relax and lose some of the stress that they live
with constantly.
Now is the time for us to make this project a priority in our lives. If you are blessed with healthy
children or grandchildren, then let us work
together so that the “Give Kids A World Village”
will remain and many other children will be able
to enjoy it.
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Route Vehicle Sales
& Mutual Transfers
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NRLCA members in good standing for transfers or route vehicle sales only. The charge for
each insertion is $25, which is non-refundable, with a maximum of 25 words. We
reserve the right to edit your ad if it exceeds
25 words. Make check or money order
payable to the NRLCA and send with your ad
to NRLCA, 1630 Duke St., Alexandria, VA
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Ads are published on a first-come, firstserved, space-available basis. The contents of
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between the USPS and the NRLCA.
Mutual Transfers
Need someone from OH-Akron, Canton, Alliance,
Massillon, Canal-Fulton, Wooster area to move to
Charlotte, NC area to complete 3-way transfer. Nancy,
704-526-8492
Bellevue, NE (Omaha, Offut AFB area) to within 100
mi. of George West, TX. 42J with growth. 402-2987344 and leave msg.
Gainesville, FL to Western Orange County, Orlando
area. Winter Garden, Ocoee, Clermont, etc. Want to
be with new husband. [email protected] or 352514-5397 if interested.
North Aurora/Chicago area to Tampa/Clearwater,
FL. Great office, LLV, 48K, need to be near family.
773-706-7280 or [email protected]
Indpls. IN to within 80 mi. of Wash, DC area. High
growth area, all routes have LLVs, husband working in
DC. 317-363-6869
Portland, OR area to Idaho: Meridian, Nampa,
Caldwell, Emmett, Mtn Home, Ontario, OR or anywhere in the vicinity. 503-841-4349 or 208-353-0308
Stuart, FL to Southern/Central ME, 46K w/LLV,
DPS. 772-871-7018 or [email protected]
Kirklin, IN to Maysville, Paris, or Alexandria, KY,
Georgetown or W. Union, OH. Nice, 2 route office.
606-375-0211 or [email protected]
Elfrida, AZ, 116-mi. route, 252 boxes to within 50 mi.
of Phoenix, AZ area. Desperately need to get out of
area. 520-508-5844
El Reno, OK to Enid, OK or any surrounding area,
very nice office to work out of. We have 5 reg. rts and
1 aux. LeaAnn, 405-295-6403 or leaannpar@
msn.com
Vehicles for Sale
1982 DJ5 mail Jeep, 115K, 4-cyl, rebuilt Jasper trans.
@ 77K, Dana 44 rear w/Posi, heavy duty strobe, many
new parts, $2,000 OBO. 804-633-4429 or
[email protected] -Milford, VA
1983 DJ5-new engine 10K, new trans, most parts are
new. $3,000 OBO, 2006 Kia conversion kit, $500
used about 2 months. 913-433-6582
1988 fact. RHD Wranger 4x4, has extra set of rims &
tires. Retired. 719-530-0607 -Salida, CO
1989 RHD Jeep Cherokee, white, 4WD, auto, 200K,
runs good. $2,000. 770-924-4731 -Woodstock, GA
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1993 RHD Mazda MPV AM/FM mail tray new
engine & trans. $3,900. Lee, 404-819-6362 -GA
1993 Jeep Cherokee for route use w/Bright dual
system. Also ‘92 parts Cherokee w/motor & trans.
Call for details. Both $2,500. 205-486-7692 Haleyville, AL
1994 RHD Jeep Cherokee, red, 4WD, 2-dr, 6-cyl,
mail tray, PW, AC, 198K, well-maint, ready for
work! $3,000. Rec’d LLV. 606-784-8843
-Morehead, KY
1995 RHD Subaru Legacy AWD, red, 142K, new
head. Comes with spare parts car, 2 extra tires.
$3,000 or take over payments with APCU. Got
LLV. 845-292-8398 -Upstate NY
1995 Dodge Van, RHD conv., white w/red &
blue stripes, new trans, brakes, tires, in good cond,
mail tray. $7,000. 804-321-5711 -VA
1995 RHD red Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4, 4-dr,
75K, loaded, import from Japan, asking $8,995.
724-282-0648 -W PA
1995 RHD Jeep Cherokee 4x4, 77K, good cond,
new tires, $8,500. 1999 RHD Saturn SWP, 308K,
runs, $900. 402-759-0589
1996 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee, red, 165K, new
tires, AM/FM. $3,000. 386-788-7130 -FL
1996 Subaru Legacy RHD, white, 160K, looks
great, runs great. Over $2,000 in new parts. Price
$4,500. 606-246-1903 -KY
1997 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee, green, 4WD,
50K, never been on rt. $10,800, can email pics.
269-876-6264 -Niles, MI
1997 RHD, AWD Subaru Legacy, 210K, runs
great, well-maint, good shape, new tires, new trans,
130K, $3,300, one owner. 434-454-7407
-VA
1997 RHD Subaru Legacy AWD, runs great,
needs work, $1,700. 517-652-4259 -Quincy, MI
1998 RHD Subaru Legacy, 128K, well-maint,
$4,500. 302-740-4821 -New Castle, DE
1998 Jeep Cherokee 4x4, RHD, green, 240K,
well-maint, $3,000. 715-257-9162 -Central WI
1998 RHD Cherokee 4x4, 217K, good cond.
Rebuilt trans, replaced engine, $4,500. 609-9095026
1999 RHD red Jeep Cherokee 4WD. Been taken
very good care of, carrier deceased, 155K. $4,000.
Debbie, 704-663-1267 or 704-662-4905 (cell) Mooresville, NC
1999 RHD Subaru Legacy Wagon, 100K, excellent cond., $8,900. 570-439-2258, leave msg.
-PA
1999 RHD Jeep Cherokee, brown, 4-dr,
AM/FM/cass, exc. cond. 82.5K, well-maint.
$6,000. 703-853-3702 or 703-853-3703
-Manassas, VA
1999 Jeep Cherokee, mail tray, 179K, 20K on
trans. One owner, route ready. $8,000. 205-6882203 or [email protected] -Central AL
1999 RHD Saturn SW, PW, PL, AC, 133K, 1/2
route miles. Exc. cond. Rt. ready. Retired. 517767-4505 -So. MI
2000 RHD Jeep Cherokee, red, 145K. Wellmaint. Runs great, good cond. $7,500. Sunday,
586-202-5444 -Warren, MI
2000 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee, white, 175K,
good condition, one owner, mail tray, retiring.
$5,000. 850-997-4604 -Monticello, FL
2000 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee 4x4, 4-dr, all
power. White. 148K, mail sign/tray available.
$5,000 OBO. 304-676-1615 -WV
2000 fact. RHD Cherokee, white, 4WD, auto,
heated mirrors, AC, well-maint, have mail shelf.
Newer tires, recent brakes, $6,500. 831-6334126 -Central CA
2000 Jeep Cherokee RHD, 4WD, auto, air,
cruise, 4.0 V6, PL, PW, 2 sets tires & wheels,
looks & runs great, only 65K. Well-maint.
Office got LLVs. 541-621-8389 -So. OR
2000 RHD Cherokee, 4-dr, 75K, 4WD, gold,
new seat, new computer tray, weather shade,
well-maint. $9,500 OBO. 573-286-0339 -MO
2000 RHD Jeep Cherokee 4x4, 156K, lots
new parts, 56K on new trans. Clean & wellmaint. Records available. $7,200. 660-4765708 evenings or [email protected] -MO
2000 RHD Jeep Cherokee, white, 4-dr, 4WD,
excellent shape, many new parts, 130K,
$6,500. -304-937-3180 -WV
2000 fact. RHD Jeep, 6-cyl, 4x4, 141K, maint.
records, $10,500. 417-257-7815 -MO
2000 fact. RHD Jeep Cherokee, 59K, new
trans. You name it, it’s been replaced. Got LLV.
$8,000 OBO. 843-446-6327 -Myrtle Bch, SC
2000 RHD Cherokee, exc. maintenance,
homemade mail tray, many extras, 4 new tires,
call for details. $4,100. 417-998-6431 -MO
2001 RHD Saturn Wagon, AM/FM/CD &
XM, runs good. 14K, $3,250. 203-675-6836
or [email protected]
2003 fact. RHD Jeep Wrangler, 56K, $9,000.
4WD, white w/black HT, AM/FM/XM/
cass, great cond. One owner, must sell. 828736-8665
2004 red 4x4 Blazer, 4-dr, dual controls, auto
start, keyless entry, PL, PW, AM/FM/CD, AC,
70K, good cond. Dealer maintained. $7,950
OBO. Mike, 314-799-7950 -St. Louis, MO
2004 Jeep Wrangler RHD, silver/blk HT,
AM/FM/CD, exc. cond. 50K. $13,000. 815482-7881 or 815-634-2723 -IL
2004 Jeep Liberty 4x4, RHD conversion, 93K,
V6, red, gray cloth, new trans, $9,000. 712486-2598 or [email protected] -SW
IA
2004 Jeep Wrangler, 4x4, RHD, HT,
white/black, 108K, air, AM/FM/CD, tow
pkg. New tires, exc. cond. 706-699-0622 -GA
2004 Jeep Wrangler 4x4, RHD, 6-cyl, 86K, air,
AM/FM/CD, $11,000 OBO. Great cond.
315-705-4420 or [email protected] com Norfolk, NY
2005 Grand Caravan Stow-n-Go, dual controls, 85K rte miles, 17K family miles, pics avail.
to email. $7,500. 618-869-2840 -Claremont,
IL
2005 RHD Wrangler, 4WD, AM/FM/CD,
air, cruise, mail ready, 41K, excellent cond,
many extras, one owner. $13,500. 574-8497194
2005 Jeep Liberty, black, true RHD by Leisure,
tray, 4WD, 6-cyl, AC, AM/FM/CD, 31K, new
brakes, exc. cond. $14,500 410-429-4049 Balto. Co, MD
2005 dual control Jeep Liberty. 34K, tray platform, price reduced to sell. $11,000. LLV
assigned. 860-354-6760 -CT
2005 Honda CRV-LX, dual controls. Auto, PS,
PW, AC, AM/FM/CD, 70K, 50/50 rte. mi.
The National Rural Letter Carrier
Exc. cond. Great gas mileage. 478-957-9386 GA
2006 Jeep Wrangler Sport, RHD, $15,500 or
offer, 36K, red w/blk interior, 4WD, new tires,
CD player, air, HT, great cond. automatic. 952212-8955
2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler 4x4, 25K, white
w/blk HT, exc. cond. V6, AM/FM/CD, AC,
$13,500. Received LLV. 706-654-3768 -GA
2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler Sport, 4WD,
AC/FM/AM/CD, 35K, $13,300, runs great.
Amie, 508-360-3998 -MA
2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler, 4x4, 41K, light
khaki, well-maint, records avail. $13,000. Flo,
803-222-4811 or [email protected]
2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler, 4x4, 6-cyl, black
HT, exc. cond., AC, radio/CD, cruise/tilt,
$12,000. 207-853-4851 -Perry, ME
2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler, 4WD, red w/blk
HT, cruise, air, CD, new tires & brakes, 32K.
$15,000 OBO. 850-819-6553 -Omaha, NE
2006 Jeep Liberty RHD, 35K, 4WD, $15,000.
732-961-3345 -NJ
2006 RHD Jeep Wrangler Sport. 4x4, 6-cyl,
new tires, AC, CD, white w/black HT, 28K,
exc. cond. $15,500. 727-734-2853 -Dunedin,
FL
2007 RHD Jeep Liberty 4x4, 42K, dual controls, trail rated, silver, $17,500. Rachel, 618639-0797 or 618-535-7400 -IL
2008 RHD Jeep Wrangler 4x4 silver
w/Freedom hardtop, CD, AC, 2” receiver
hitch and weather shade, 48K, $19,500. 715985-2578 -Independence, WI
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194 W. Tulare St.
Dinuba, CA 93618
559-591-4910
www.jimmanningdodge.com
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