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Armstrong, W. G., President National Rural Letter Carriers' Association,

statement of

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Armstrong, W. G., further statement.-

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Branch, Harllee, Second Assistant Postmaster General, statement of.. 2

Brown, Clifton J., Secretary National Rural Letter Carriers' Asosciation,

statement of

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Bill to adjust salaries of rural letter carriers (H.R. 8919) -

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Cooper, J. E., Treasurer, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association,

statement of..

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Donaldson, Jesse M., Assistant to the Second Assistant Postmaster Gen-.

eral, statement of .'.

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Exhibit, to Mr. Branch's statement. Letter from the Postmaster General

to Hon. Jas. M. Mead, chairman Committee on Post Offices and Post

Roads, House of Representatives, Feb. 14, 1934..

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Exhibit to Mr. Branch's statement, proposed bill by the Postmaster Gen-
eral to the House Committee Feb. 14, 1934

4

Exhibit to Mr. Branch's statement Memorandum of operating costs of

light passenger automobiles ..

5

Exhibit to Mr. Branch's statement. Mileage: Present rate, proposed

rate.--

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Exhibit to Mr. Branch's statement. Average time required by rural

carriers in office and on routes.

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Exhibit by Mr. Donaldson. Appropriations for rural free delivery-

9

Exhibit by Mr. Armstrong. “Mississippi—Shake out the Chiselers"

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Exhibit by Mr. Armstrong. Composite picture of average rural carrier-- 51

Exhibit by Mr. Armstrong. Costs average man $150 tax on $800 auto-

mobile

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Exhibit by Mr. Armstrong. Six months' survey of equipment costs. 52

Exhibit by Mr. Armstrong. Inescapable expense borne by rural carriers.

Exhibit by Mr. Armstrong. Summaries compiled from questionnaires.-- 54

Exhibit by Mr. Armstrong. Comparison between present basic pay scale

and pay scale under H.R. 8919-

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Job, Mrs. L. E., President, Ladies Auxiliary to the National Rural Letter

Carriers Association, statement of.

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McDevitt, C. C., publisher of National Rural Letter Carriers' official

organ, Washington, D.C., statement of..

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SALARIES OF RURAL LETTER CARRIERS

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 1934

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON Post OFFICES AND Post ROADS,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10:30 a.m., in the comittee room, Capitol Building, Senator Kenneth McKellar presiding. Present: Senators McKellar (chairman), Logan, Frazier, Hayden, Mahoney, and Davis. Present also: Hon. Harllee Branch, Second Assistant Postmaster neral; Jesse M. Donaldson, Deputy Second Assistant Postmaster neral; and C. C. McDevitt. Che committee had under consideration the following bill:

[H.R. 8919, 73d Cong., 2d sess.) AN ACT To adjust the salaries of rural letter carriers, and for other purposes e it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States imerica in Congress assembled, That (a) the first paragraph of section 8 of Act entitled "An Act reclassifying the salaries of postmasters and employees he Postal Service, readjusting their salaries and compensation on an table basis, increasing postal rates to provide for such readjustment, and ther purposes ", approved February 28, 1925, as amended (U.S.C., title 39, 197), is amended to read as follows: EC. 8. The salary of carriers in the Rural Mail Delivery Service for serving ral route of thirty miles six days a week shall be $1,800; on routes less

thirty miles, $60 per mile per annum for each mile or major fraction of. Each rural carrier assigned to a route served six days in a week shall ve $20 per mile per annum for each mile or major fraction thereof said · is in excess of thirty miles, based on actual mileage, and each rural carrier red to a route served three days in the week shall receive $10 per mile nnum for each mile or major fraction thereof said route is in excess of miles, based on actual mileage."

The second paragraph of such section 8 (U.S.C., title 39, sec. 200) is led to read as follows: ductions for failure to perform service on a standard rural delivery route irty miles and less shall not exceed the rate of pay per mile for service irty miles and less; and deductions for failure to perform service on e in excess of thirty miles shall not exceed the rate of compensation d for such excess mileage.” The third paragraph of such section 8 (relating to equipment-mainteallowance for rural carriers) (U.S.C., title 39, sec, 206) is amended by

out “4 cents” and inserting in lieu thereof “6 cents.” Such allowball not be changed except pursuant to law enacted after the date this kes effect.

In the case of any carrier in the Rural Mail Delivery Service on the date 't takes effect, who serves six days a week a rural route of less than niles, or who serves three days a week a rural route of less than sixty I two routes of a combined length of less than sixty miles, the annual of such carrier shall not be reduced more than by $180 by operation ection (a) of this section. 2. Salaries (not including equipment-maintenance allowances) of rural i shall, during that portion of the fiscal year 1934 which remains

SALARIES OF RURAL LETTER CARRIERS

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 1934

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON Post OFFICES AND Post ROADS,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10:30 a.m., in the committee room, Capitol Building, Senator Kenneth McKellar presiding.

Present: Senators McKellar (chairman), Logan, Frazier, Hayden, O'Mahoney, and Davis.

Present also: Hon. Harllee Branch, Second Assistant Postmaster General; Jesse M. Donaldson, Deputy Second Assistant Postmaster General; and C. C. McDevitt. The committee had under consideration the following bill:

[H.R. 8919, 730 Cong., 2d sess.] AN ACT To adjust the salaries of rural letter carriers, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) the first paragraph of section 8 of the Act entitled "An Act reclassifying the salaries of postmasters and employees of the Postal Service, readjusting their salaries and compensation on an equitable basis, increasing postal rates to provide for such readjustment, and for other purposes ", approved February 28, 1925, as amended (U.S.C., title 39, sec. 197), is amended to read as follows:

“ SEC. 8. The salary of carriers in the Rural Mail Delivery Service for serving a rural route of thirty miles six days a week shall be $1,800; on routes less than thirty miles, $60 per mile per annum for each mile or major fraction thereof. Each rural carrier assigned to a route served six days in a week shall receive $20 per mile per annum for each mile or major fraction thereof said route is in excess of thirty miles, based on actual mileage, and each rural carrier assigned to a route served three days in the week shall receive $10 per mile per annum for each mile or major fraction thereof said route is in excess of thirty miles, based on actual mileage."

(b) The second paragraph of such section 8 (U.S.C., title 39, sec. 200) is amended to read as follows:

“Deductions for failure to perform service on a standard rural delivery route for thirty miles and less shall not exceed the rate of pay per mile for service for thirty miles and less; and deductions for failure to perform service on mileage in excess of thirty miles shall not exceed the rate of compensation allowed for such excess mileage.”

(c) The third paragraph of such section 8 (relating to equipment-maintenance allowance for rural carriers) (U.S.C., title 39, sec, 206) is amended by striking out " 4 cents" and inserting in lieu thereof “6 cents.” Such allowance shall not be changed except pursuant to law enacted after the date this Act takes effect.

(d) In the case of any carrier in the Rural Mail Delivery Service on the date this Act takes effect, who serves six days a week a rural route of less than thirty miles, or who serves three days a week a rural route of less than sixty miles or two routes of a combined length of less than sixty miles, the annual salary of such carrier shall not be reduced more than by $180 by operation of subsection (a) of this section.

SEC. 2. Salaries (not including equipment-maintenance allowances) of rural carriers shall, during that portion of the fiscal year 1934 which remains

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