There are approx. 104,639 active and retired members of the NRLCA. The total number of rural routes is 73,461 of which 67289 are regular routes and 6172 are auxiliary routes.
The NRLCA is broken down into state associations. The state associations determine affiliation with local, district or county units
Members of the NRLCA Resident leadership consists of the President,Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Director of Labor Relations, Director of Steward Operations, and 4 non-resident Executive Committeemen. National Officers are elected by Delegates at the yearly National Convention.
In an interest arbitration award dated July 3, 2012, the NRLCA and USPS have a new National Agreement, which is effective from November 21, 2010 through May 20, 2015. This award includes an MOU for completing an industrial engineered time study of standards to be completed by May 2015.
The NRLCA is not affiliated with any other labor organization.
Free mail delivery began in American cities in 1863 with a limited scope. Shortly afterwards, rural citizens began petitioning for equal consideration. Rural free deliver (RFD) of mail began in the United States in 1896 with five routes. Seven years later, it had expanded to 15,119 routes covering 322,618 miles. The NRLCA was formed in 1903 at a cost of fifty cents per year in dues to its members.
The NRLCA operates from its National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA
NRLCA conventions are held once a year in the month of August. 2013 NRLCA National Convention will be in St Louis, MO