Branch 2184

Wayne County, MI

Protect Yourself and the Route you Deliver

Working in the dark


Letter Carrier Hot Weather Safety


Winter Walking


Dressing for cold weather




Bumping Made Simple


Injured On The Job?  How To Protect Your

Rights and Interests From Abuse by USPS Management


The Route Protection Program


Chapter 1 - Route Examination and the

Letter Carrier


Chapter 2 - Route Examination and

Adjustment for NALC Representatives


Chapter 3 - The Minor Route

Adjustment Process


Special Inspection Request


Time Conversion Table


Simple Piece Count Conversion


Letter Carriers Daily Log


 The Weingarten Declaration

“If the discussion I am being asked to enter could in any way lead to my discipline or termination or impact my personal working conditions, I ask that a union steward, representative or officer be present. Unless I have representation I respectfully choose not to participate in this discussion.”


      Keep in mind if you do not REQUEST UNION REPRESENTATION, then you are considered to have waived this valuable right.


You Are the Current Resident: The Delivery Operations Information System (DOIS)


NALC President Brian L. Renfroe and Assistant to the President Ed Morgan discuss the Delivery Operations Information System (DOIS), a time-projection tool used in many locations by management to estimate the daily workload of city carriers.




There are many things I like about the new route adjustment process, but most of all:

  1. That it’s a joint process i.e., the Union is present and has input at every step of the process.
  2. Is that it’s based on historical data as much as seven weeks over the past year, plus the live week for most carriers.


      The data is the individual’s past performance of each regular carrier on the route. The problems begin when a carrier consistently “cuts corners” by doing things like a shortened version of the vehicle inspection and/or continue to case mail during a service talk, backhand the third bundle address cards rather than case them and not properly handle returned accountable items at the end of the day. All of these examples will help you to be better than standards but can be problematic in other ways, plus it will aid in getting an addition to your route. While out on your route, if you are on the street driving with mail in your hand, on your lap, working out of a tub on the floor, driving with the door open or not taking time to fasten your safety belt, this may be faster but is a serious safety concern. Take the time it takes to work safe. There are no street standards. There are two national settlements that state “there is no set pace at which a carrier must walk and no street standard for walking”. Take the time to curb your wheels on park and loop routes. Always set the hand break and lock the door when leaving the vehicle. The addition of large parcels since the last inspection/ adjustment should be a plus for most routes if the parcels are delivered correctly.


The M41-323.3 states in part:

  1. Begin the loop at the point of the parcel delivery.
  2. By pass the stop until the loop is complete, then drive to the delivery point with both the mail and the parcel.
  3. If a parcel is heavy, will not fit into your satchel, or requires a signed receipt, determine if


      With the new process DSR, we will see all double deliveries (i.e., jump stop the parcel then deliver the rest of the mail with the loop) and eliminate double delivery time. The end result of working unprofessionally will be an addition to the route. The TIAREAP process will probably be with us for along time so next time the branch provides training, please join us. We will keep the membership updated and we’ll also answer all questions.


-- Dave Reise

Branch 2184 Route Inspection Officer