Question: We often have to wait on DPS before we can leave for the route. Should we be paid for this?

Answer:  The parties agree that when a carrier is delayed past their leaving schedule as provided in Handbook PO-603, Rural Carrier Duties & Responsibilities,Section 152.2; has no other rural carrier duties to perform, including the strapping out of all cased mail; and is prepared to depart the office to effect delivery, the carrier will be compensated for the time the carrier is required to wait for the DPS mail. This compensation would be in the form of auxiliary assistance or by utilizing Form 8127 for regular rural carriers. Compensation for leave replacements would be made utilizing Form 1314-A or providing equivalent auxiliary assistance.  Click here for more

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