PEN Note: For any questions or concerns, please contact your union representative. If the number of emails is made, all routes are counted, unless the regular carrier or RCA (Des. 79) agrees with management not to count the route. Free mail distribution began in 1863 in U.S. cities with limited scope. Soon after, the citizens of the campaign began to show the same consideration. In his annual report for the year 1891, General Postmaster John Wanamaker first proposed free mail delivery to the United States.  It began in 1896 with five lines, and the first rural airlines received $300 a year for their services.  Seven years later, it had expanded to 15,119 lines with a distance of 322,618 miles, but wage shortfalls remained a problem.
 The NRLCA was established in 1903 for a price of 50 cents per year to its members. On January 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988 creating cooperation within the federal service.  Rural organizations chose the NRLCA as an agent and on July 12, the NRLCA was the first postal union to sign an exclusive national contract with the Post Office. To qualify, unions had to prove that they did not end up discriminated against on the basis of race. Thus, the provision that only white delegates are eligible for seats in the national convention has been implicitly repealed from Article 3 of the RNR Constitution without the adoption of a resolution or statute.  The separate payment of the genre was also abolished by a judgment of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
On September 8, 1978, the NRLCA was the first postal union to agree on a new contract when contract negotiations between the USPS and its unions led to an illegal postal strike.  On April 25, 2016, President Jeanette Dwyer met with General Megan Brennan, Postmaster, and other post office officials at USPS Headquarters to sign a new national agreement that is expected to run until 2018. This is the first agreement negotiated between the Post Office and the NRLCA in more than 20 years not to go into arbitration. NRLCA members ratified the agreement in April with 83% of the votes cast. „Overall, this contract has the effect of maintaining the moderation of labour costs for rural transportation companies while giving parties the opportunity to focus on implementing new technically developed labour standards for rural transportation company staff,” said Doug Tulino, Vice President of Industrial Relations. The Post has released a video to help customers understand new delivery procedures to promote social remoteness during the coronavirus pandemic.