Melinda Hammond
Director of City Delivery
Outlook November / December 2017
As you may have noticed, Daylight Savings time has passed. Although we may feel like we have more time to sleep, there is actually less time to deliver mail during the daylight hours. Contrary to what some believe, letter carriers do deliver after dark. That is especially true now that our busy season is in full swing.

Remember, it is the carrier’s responsibility to have a safe delivery during the evening hours. Use crosswalks and be sure the path to the mailbox is free of slipping/tripping hazards and that porch lights are on before attempting delivery. Section 133.1 of the M41 states to always exercise care to avoid personal injury, and to report all hazardous conditions to the Unit Manager. So that when you bring back that mail because the motion sensor was out of order or the trash cans blocked your path to the mailbox, be sure to use that 1571 and verbally make your supervisor aware if it is an ongoing situation.

It is also wise to be in proper uniform. Section 112.5 of the M41 states to maintain a neat, clean and generally creditable appearance. Our uniform informs the customers who we are and ensures that we have a better chance of delivering that item during the night. It also increases your visibility to the approaching car when crossing the street. Flashlights and coalminers’ lights (the ones worn on top of your hat) are not a part of our uniform and we are not allowed to purchase them with our allowance. Please don’t think that this is the answer. Do not allow management to tell you that it is okay to use them; because should an accident occur, do you think they will back you up? No, they will not! We are responsible for our own safety, but when we are out there delivering, we take the safety of the public, especially the elderly, in our hands. Protect yourself and your job because we do not stop for the dark, even though it might delay us a little. Happy Holidays.

Outlook September / October 2017
General Information
First, I would like to begin by saying thank you to Branch 36 President Charlie Heege for this amazing opportunity to serve as the Director of City Delivery.

Next, I would like to draw your attention to the M41 Handbook, General Information Section 112.26, which states: “Do not report at cases or racks before tour of duty is scheduled to begin or linger about cases or racks after tour has ended.”

It is only natural that carriers arrive early to beat traffic, find parking or just to relax before beginning the workday. We also have some carriers who like to get a head start on their workday by casing mail, fingering the DPS, separating packages or just loading their ledge before they officially begin their tour. We must protect our jobs whether it is a foot route, a parcel post assignment, a combo wagon or a collection assignment. We are allotted time to perform our carrier duties (M41 section 121.11) and when we perform those duties off the clock we take away from that time. We take away from our office time, as well as, out street time. It’s a domino effect! We cut our office time, which leads to shortened street time, which leads to pivoting inside and out when you just want to come in and do your assignment before heading home. In doing so, we are also giving management a reason to perform a Count and Inspection of the routes (C& I, JRAP or Route Adjustment). We all know what their main purpose is when this is all said and done: eliminating routes and expanding others.

When you choose to work off the clock, whether in the morning or the afternoon, keep in mind that you are putting your route at risk and, more importantly, your job. We have to protect those who just made regular, those who are going to make regular and those regulars who are nearing retirement. Use your allotted time to case that route, tie out that route, deliver your certified piece, perform that vehicle check or load your vehicle. There is no rush; after all, you are on the clock!

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