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NALC Letter Carrier Pay Chart
USPS Printable PS 3971 Leave Slip

NALC Letter Carrier Pay Schedule with all cost of living adjustments (COLA). 

Member Information

The 2012 NALC Guide to Route Inspections.

Fillable/Printable PS 3971 form Request for or Notification of Absence 

Unscheduled Leave / Sick Calls

USPS allows employees taking unscheduled leave to call an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to report their absences. It’s available by dialing the employee service line at 877-477-3273, option 4 (TTY 866-833-8777). The system guides you through a step-by-step process — capturing the same information provided when completing a paper leave request. To begin, you need your Employee Identification Number (EIN). If you were issued a Family and Medical Leave Act case number, you’ll need that number too. After getting your confirmation number, you do NOT need to call into the local office. They will be alerted of your absence.

To learn more about your sick leave benefits, click here.

NALC 2012 Guide to Route Inspections
USPS Printable PS 3189 Temporary Change of Schedule

Printable PS 3189 form request for temporary change of schedule for personal convenience 

Other Member Benefits
Union Plus

Your NALC membership comes with extras including access to the Union Plus discount and benefit program, scholarships, education opportunities, the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF) and many rewarding community service opportunities. Click here for details.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP (Employee Assistance Program) is a confidential counseling and referral service that can help you and your family successfully deal with life’s challenges. EAP services are available to you at no cost, as your employer has prepaid these services. Call 24 hours a day, seven days a week 1-800-EAP-4-YOU (1-800-327-4968) or TTY 1-877-492-7341 for confidential help with work, family and personal matters.

EAP also offers interactive online programs that deliver evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you learn and practice skills that have been shown to help thousands of people feel better. Click here to lean more about EAP.

NALC Health Benefits

Imagine having the security of a not-for-profit health insurance plan that was designed for and is run by letter carriers, with comprehensive benefits at an affordable rate? Whether you are a long-time letter carrier or just starting your career, the NALC Health Benefit Plan is a letter carrier’s best choice for health insurance.

You can check out the 2018 rates plan summaries at the above link.

The 2018 open season is from November 13th - December 11th 2017. 

When viewing premiums, regular Letter Carriers are Category 2.

NALC MBA Mutual Benefits Association
Mutual Benefits Association (MBA)

The MBA offers life insurance and retirement plans designed to give NALC members and their families the best possible protection for the lowest cost. See MBA Membership Qualifications for details regarding eligibility for purchasing MBA products.

Click here for MBA plan brochures and application forms.

Flexible Spending / Dependent Care Account (FSA)

A health care FSA lets you set aside money before state, federal, Social Security or Medicare taxes are deducted from your paycheck to cover eligible medical, pharmacy, dental and vision expenses.


With the dependent care FSA, you can save even more by setting aside money to pay for eligible dependent care expenses, such as day care or day camp for children up to age 13 and elder care.


Check out FSA Frequently Asked Questions to learn more [PDF]

TSP Thrift Savings Plan
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

TSP is a retirement savings and investment plan. It was established by Congress in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans.


The TSP is a defined contribution plan, meaning that the retirement income you receive from your TSP account will depend on how much you and USPS put into your account during your working years and the earnings accumulated over that time.

You can check your account balances and make other changes on the TSP website. You can also adjust your contribution levels on Postal Ease.

NALC Weingarten Rights
NALC Veterans Group

Oftentimes, gratitude is expressed in words such as “thank you,” but it’s rarely followed up with any tangible expressions. The creation of the NALC Veterans Group is intended to be something tangible and useful.

The NALC Veterans Group is designed to provide NALC members who are military veterans access to the information and tools specific to veterans’ rights and benefits within the U.S Postal Service. It seeks to provide all NALC members who are also military veterans—active full-time and part-time letter carriers, as well as retired letter carriers—resources, rights information and a sense of camaraderie.

The Veterans Group will provide the ability to connect with fellow NALC veterans and stay informed on issues of importance to letter carrier veterans. Members receive a pin as a symbol of gratitude for your military service and membership in the NALC.

To learn more about the NALC Veterans Group click here.

How to Verify Employment

If you are applying for a loan, you may need proof of employment or income. Unfortunately, you cannot do this locally. You need to reach out to a company called "The Work Number" which is an automated number available 24/7. This is a no cost service. 

If you need proof of employment only, call 1-800-367-5690 or go to Give the system your social security number and the Postal Service employer number (12946)

If you need proof of employment and income you need to follow a few more steps that begin by getting a salary key to give to the verifier. You can get that from the website above or by calling 1-800-367-2884. Just log in using the employee option (USPS pin 12946 and your EIN). When you are prompted for a pin, use the last 4 digits of your social security number. Have a pen ready because you will be given a 6 digit salary key that you will need to provide to anyone wanting to verify your salary history. Give them the salary key and direct them to the website or 1-800-996-7566.

If you are a former employee and an agency needs proof of employment, please direct them to shared services at 1-877-477-3273 option 5.

Route Breakdowns by Day off and T6 String
Letter Carrier Political Fund - Do you contribute?
NALC Letter Carrier Political Fund

(Click the photo above for instructions to sign-up)

What is a political action committee (PAC)?

A political action committee (PAC) raises money for the purpose of defeating or electing candidates to elected office.

  • PACs are formed by corporations, associations, labor unions and individuals with common interests.

  • PACs solicit voluntary contributions from individuals with common interests to advance a political process.

  • PACs are non-partisan entities whose primary concern is to elect qualified candidates regardless of party affiliation.

Why should I join NALC’s PAC?

  • The Letter Carrier Political Fund identifies and contributes to candidates who support issues important to letter carriers.

  • Joining the Political Fund provides letter carriers with the opportunity to build electoral and legislative power required to ensure decisions that impact their lives are made with their best interests in mind.

  • Only NALC members can contribute to the Political Fund.

  • Union dues are not used, and cannot be used, for political contributions.

  • Political Fund contributions are voluntary and can stop at any time. There is no open season.

  • We encourage Political Fund members to make suggestions for political contributions and to attend local fundraisers.

  • Political Fund members are encouraged to attend local events for members locally who support letter carrier legislative priorities.

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