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For Employees Covered by the National Agreement:

(04/15/14) In February 2014, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) rose to 692.725. This index is above the point of the last adjustment: 685.350. The sixth COLA adjustment under the 2010 National Agreement will be based on the July 2014 CPI Index point and will be effective September 6, 2014, (pay period 20-2014, pay date September 26, 2014). However, if the adjustment were made based on the February 2014 Index – the first month of the six-month adjustment period – the adjustment would be:

Per Annum: $374.00
Per Pay Period: $14.40
Cents Per Hour: 18¢

The first and third COLAs were effective March 9, 2013 (pay period 07-2013, pay date March 29, 2013) and totaled $207.00 per year, $7.96 per pay, and $0.10 per hour.

The second and fourth COLAs under the 2010 National Agreement were effective Sept. 7, 2013 (pay period 20-2013, pay date Sept. 27, 2013) and totaled $937.00 per year, $36.04 per pay period, and $0.45 per hour.

The fifth COLA which would have been effective March 8, 2014 was zero.

Seven COLA adjustments are provided for under the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement based on the Jan. 2012, July 2012, Jan. 2013, July 2013, Jan. 2014, July 2014, and Jan. 2015 releases of the CPI-W. So far, under the 2010 National Agreement, employees have received cost-of-living adjustments totaling $1,144.00.

New Pay Scales (Effective Nov. 16, 2013)


Full-Time Regular Annual Basic Rates [PDF]

Full-Time Regular Hourly Basic Rates [PDF]

Full-Time and Part-Time Regular Night Differential Rates [PDF]

Part-Time Regular Hourly Basic Rates [PDF]

Part-Time Flexible Hourly Basic Rates [PDF]

Part-Time Flexible Night Differential Rates [PDF]

Postal Support Employee (PSE) Hourly and Night Differential Rates [PDF]


Click here for the archive of Past Pay Scales

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For Employees Covered by the
Information Technology/Accounting Services Agreement
:

(05/12/11) There will not be any additional COLA under the 2007-2011 IT/AS Agreement . Future increases are dependent on the outcome of current negotiations for a successor contract to the 2007-2011 IT/AS Agreement.

Under the 2007-2011 IT/AS Agreement, employees received cost-of-living adjustments totaling $2,558.

Click here for the current IT/ASC pay scale (effective Nov. 6, 2010) [pdf]

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For employees covered by the
National Postal Professional Nurses Agreement:

(08/13/11) The NPPN interest-arbitration award, issued April 28, 2009, granted five raises in the contract, which concludes on Aug. 10, 2012. Two raises were implemented retroactively, with a 3.3 percent increase effective Aug. 18, 2007, and a 3.1 percent raise effective since Aug. 16, 2008. As part of the implementation of the award, these two raises were reflected in the nurses’ paychecks dated July 24, 2009.

Effective Aug. 13, 2011 (PP18-11), the basic annual salary for each step shall be increased by 1.7 percent, which is equal to the change in the June 2011 ECI over the June 2010 ECI.

Click here for the latest NPPN pay scale (effective Aug. 13, 2011).

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For CSRS retirees:

(04/15/14) The 2015 CSRS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index in 2014 over the 2013 third quarter average. After the first quarter of 2014, the first quarter of the 2015 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly index has risen by 0.4%.

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For FERS retirees:

(04/15/14) The 2015 FERS retiree COLA is based on the increase in the third quarter average of the CPI-W index in 2014 over the 2013 third quarter average. However, if the CPI-W quarterly average increases three percent or more, the COLA is the increase less one percent. If the quarterly average increase is between two percent and three percent, the COLA is two percent. If the quarterly average increase is two percent or less, the COLA is equal to the quarterly average increase. After the first quarter of 2014, the first quarter of the 2015 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly index has risen by 0.4%.

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For Social Security recipients:

(04/15/14) The 2015 Social Security COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index in 2014 over the 2013 third quarter average. After the After the first quarter of 2014, the second quarter of the 2015 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly index has risen by 0.4%.

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For FECA employees:

(04/15/14) The percentage increase in the December CPI-W index from year to year determines the FECA COLA increase. The 2014 FECA COLA will be 1.5% effective March 2014. After the third month of the twelve-month adjustment period for the 2015 FECA COLA, the CPI-W index has risen 1.477%.

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Leave Accrual

Employees earn sick and annual leave in accordance with postal regulations found in Subchapter 510 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). Article 10, Section 2, of the National Agreement provides that "The leave regulations in Subchapter 510 of the [ELM], insofar as such regulations establish wages, hours or working conditions of employees covered by this Agreement, shall remain in effect for the life of this Agreement."

Annual Leave

Full-time career employees earn annual leave based on their number of creditable years of service in accordance with the following accrual chart:

Leave Category

Creditable Service

Maximum Leave Per Year

4

Less than 3 years

4 hours for each full biweekly pay period; i.e., 104 hours (13 days) per 26-period leave year.

6

3 years but less than 15 years

6 hours for each full biweekly pay period plus 4 hours in last full pay period in calendar year; i.e., 160 hours (20 days) per 26-period leave year.

8

15 years or more.

8 hours for each full biweekly pay period; i.e., 208 hours (26 days) per 26-period leave year.


Part-time employees earn annual leave based on their hours worked in accordance with the following chart:

Leave Category

Years of
Creditable Service

Maximum Leave per Year

Rate of Accrual

Hours in Pay Status

Hours of
Leave Earned per Period

4

Less than
3 years.

104 hours, or 13 days per 26-period leave year or 4 hours for each biweekly pay period.

1 hour for each unit of 20 hours pay in status.

20
40
60
80

1
2
3
4

6

3 years
but less than 15 years.

160 hours, or 20 days per 26-period leave year or 6 hours for each full biweekly pay period.*

1 hour for each unit of 13 hours in a pay status.

13
26
39
52
65
78

1
2
3
4
5
6

8

15 years
or more

208 hours, or 26 days per 26-period leave year or 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

1 hour for each unit of 10 hours in pay status.

10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

*Except that the accrual for the last pay period of the calendar year may be 10 hours, provided the employee has the 130 creditable hours or more in a pay status in the leave year for leave purposes.


Sick Leave

Sick leave for all career employees is accrued as follows:

Employee Category

Time Accrued

Full-time employees

4 hours for each full biweekly pay period - i.e., 13 days (104 hours) per 26-period leave year.

Part-time employees

1 hour for each unit of 20 hours in pay status up to 104 hours (13 days) per 26-period leave year.


Click here for a copy of ELM Subchapter 510

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Promotion Charts

(Updated 11/01/13) These charts [pdf] answer the question: Upon promotion, what pay step in the promoted grade will I get?

One chart covers the portion of the pay schedule that applies to employees hired before May 23, 2011. The second chart covers the portion of the schedule that applies to employees hired after May 22, 2011.

These charts are current, correct, and programmed into the USPS payroll systems. The charts in the ELM and some other places are outdated and not in use.

How to Use This Chart:

1. In the shaded 'From Grade' sections, find the grade and step from which the employee is being promoted.

2. In the shaded 'To Grade' section immediately below the section identified above, move down to the grade to which the employee is being promoted.

3. Move across to the right from the grade to which promoted, and down from the step from which promoted, and assign the intersecting step. Example, an employee is promoted from a grade 4, step H in schedule-2 to a grade 6 in schedule-2. Go to the section marked "From Grade 4" and move across to step H. Next go down to grade 6 in the light shaded section, and move across to until to come to the intersection at step H. Assign step H as the step to which promoted.

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