December 4, 2018
President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to honor the late President George H. W. Bush for his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime. Consistent with this proclamation, the Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery and retail service during this National Day of Observance (NDO).
USPS will provide limited package delivery on that day to ensure that service does not experience anything that might negatively affect customers or business partners during the busy holiday season. More information regarding Postal Service operations on the NDO may be found on the USPS website at https://link.usps.com/2018/12/03/honoring-president-bush/
Below is a summary of the effect on city carriers as set forth in the MOU Re: Clarification of Regulations for National Day of Observance on pages 180-183 of the 2016-2019 National Agreement, which may be found here:
- Full-time employees whose regular work day falls on the NDO but are not scheduled to work will be granted eight hours of administrative leave for that day.
- Full-time employees whose regular work day falls on the NDO and are directed to work will receive a day of administrative leave to be used at a future date.
- Full-time employees whose non-scheduled day falls on the NDO and are not scheduled to work will receive a day of administrative leave to be used at a future date. For these employees who are directed to work, they will receive overtime pay for all hours worked as well as up to eight hours of future administrative leave for the number of hours worked.
- The rules listed above also apply to part-time regular employees; however, the total number of hours of administrative leave will be equal to the number of hours the employee was scheduled to work, which may be less than eight hours. Those employees whose scheduled day is the NDO will be granted administrative leave equal to the scheduled hours for that day. Those employees whose non-scheduled day falls on the NDO will be granted administrative leave equal to the average number of daily paid hours in the week preceding the NDO.
- Part-time flexible employees who work the NDO will be granted administrative leave to be used at a future date equal to the number of hours worked on the NDO, not to exceed eight hours of administrative leave. These employees not scheduled to work will be granted administrative leave at a future date equal to the average number of daily paid hours worked in the week preceding the NDO, not to exceed eight hours.
- Administrative leave taken at a future date must be taken at one time and must be taken within six months of the NDO or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever is later. At the employee’s option, this leave may be used to substitute for previously scheduled but unused annual leave.
- If a career employee is on leave or Continuation of Pay (COP) on the NDO, the employee will be granted a day of administrative leave at a future date, not to exceed eight hours.
- City carrier assistants will receive pay for actual hours worked on the NDO. The MOU does not address payment of administrative leave for CCAs.
For further information regarding the rules governing pay, leave, and scheduling on the NDO, please consult the MOU Re: Clarification of Regulations for National Day of Observance or contact the appropriate national business agent.
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