Question: What is a “Phantom route”?

Answer: Phantom routes are created to hold a regular carrier on a route so the carrier will not be forgotten by the office. When the regular rural carrier is unable to perform all the duties of her or his assigned rural route for a period of 2 years as a result of a job-related illness or injury, the employee must relinquish the route and such route will be posted for bid. The bid is in accordance with Article 12, Section 3, of the National Agreement Between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA)

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