SUBNAV

Pay

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For Employees Covered by the National Agreement

In August, the first month of the six-month adjustment period for the fourth COLA under the 2015 Agreement, the CPI-W unadjusted Index (1967=100) rose slightly to 699.722. 

If the adjustment were made based on the August Index the adjustment would be

                     Per Annum:                   $21.00

                     Per Pay Period:            $  0.80

                     Cents Per Hour:                    1¢

However, the fourth COLA will be based on the January 2017 Index (released by BLS in February 2017) and effective March 4, 2017, PP 06-2017, with a pay date of March 24, 2017.     

Under the 2015 National Agreement, the first two cost-of-living adjustments were zero.

$ 0.00     the first COLA which would have been effective September 5, 2015 (pay period 20-2015).

$ 0.00     the second COLA which would have been effective March 5, 2016 (pay period     6-2016).

$ 21.00   the third COLA effective September 3, 2016 (pay period 19-2016, pay date    September 23, 2016)

For Employees Covered by the National Agreement

After rising above the July 2014 Index for the first time in June 2016, the CPI-W unadjusted Index (1967=100) fell in July to 699.364; but remained slightly above the July 2014 base index. Effective September 3, 2016 (PP 19-2016) the third COLA of the 2015 Contract will be

Per Annum: $21.00
Per Pay Period: $0.80
Cents Per Hour: 1¢  

Under the 2015 National Agreement, the first two cost-of-living adjustments were zero.

  • $ 0.00     the first COLA which would have been effective September 5, 2015 (pay period 20-2015).
  • $ 0.00     the second COLA which would have been effective March 5, 2016 (pay period 6-2016).
  • $ 21.00   the third COLA effective September 3, 2016 (pay period 19-2016, pay date September 23, 2016)

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

In December 2015 the CPI-W unadjusted Index (1967=100) fell to 687.456. No further adjustments are due under the 2011 IT/AS Agreement. Future COLAs will depend on the terms of the successor agreement.

Under the 2011 IT/AS Agreement, employees have already received the following adjustments totaling $1,851:

  • $624 effective May 4, 2013 (pay period 11-2013, pay date May 24, 2013).
  • $291 effective November 2, 2013 (pay period 24-2013, pay date November 22, 2013).
  • $187 effective May 4, 2013 (pay period 11-2013, pay date May 24, 2013).
  • $188 effective November 2, 2013 (pay period 24-2013, pay date November 22, 2013).
  • $312 effective May 3, 2014 (pay period 11-2014, pay date May 23, 2014).
  • $249 effective November 15, 2014 (pay period 25-2014, pay date December 5, 2014).
  • $0 effective May 2, 2015 (pay period 11- 2015, pay date May 22, 2015).
  • $0 effective October 31, 2015 (pay period 24-2015, pay date November 20, 2015).

For Employees Covered by the National Postal Professional Nurses Agreement:

(07/31/2015) Under the NPPN 2012-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the nurses have received the following increases based on the change of the ECI from Quarter 2 for each relevant year.

  • Effective August 23, 2014 (PP19-14), 3 percent increase.
  • Effective August 15, 2015 (PP19-15), 2.2 percent increase.
  • The next increase will be effective August 20, 2016 based on the percentage change in the ECI in Quarter 2 of 2016 over Quarter 2 in 2015.

Click here for the latest NPPN pay scale (effective August 15,2015).


For CSRS Retirees:

The 2017 CSRS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2016 over the 2015 third quarter average. After the second quarter of 2016, the third quarter for the 2017 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly average has risen slightly by 0.47%.

CSRS COLA

CSRS COLA

1995

2.8%

2008

2.3%

 

1996

2.6%

2009

5.8%

 

1997

2.9%

2010

0%

 

1998

2.1%

2011

0%

 

1999

1.3%

2012

3.6%

 

2000

2.4%

2013

1.7%

 

2001

3.5%

2014

1.5%

 

2002

2.6%

2015

1.7%

 

2003

1.4%

2016

0%

 

2004

2.1%

 

 

 

2005

2.7%

 

 

 

2006

4.1%

 

 

 

2007

3.3%

 

 

 


For FERS Retirees:

The 2017 FERS retiree COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2016 over the 2015 third quarter average.  However, if the CPI-W quarterly average increases 3% or more, they subtract 1%.  A 5% increase in the quarterly CPI-W average results in a 4% adjustment.  If the quarterly average increases from 2% to 3%, benefits increase by 2%.  A CPI-W quarterly average increase of 2% or less will increase benefits by the change in the CPI-W quarterly average. After the second quarter of 2016, the third quarter for the 2017 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly average has risen slightly by 0.47%.

FERS COLA

FERS COLA

 1995

2.0%

2008

2.0%

 

1996

2.0%

2009

4.8%

 

1997

2.0%

2010

0.0%

 

1998

2.0%

2011

0.0%

 

1999

1.3%

2012

2.6%

 

2000

2.0%

2013

1.7%

 

2001

2.5%

2014

1.5%

 

2002

2.0%

2015

1.7%

 

2003

1.4%

2016

0%

 

2004

2.0%

 

 

 

2005

2.0%

 

 

 

2006

3.1%

 

 

 

2007

2.3%

 

 

 


For Social Security Recipients:

The 2017 Social Security COLA is based on the third quarter (July, August, September) average CPI-W index (1982-84=100) in 2016 over the 2015 third quarter average. After the second quarter of 2016, the third quarter for the 2017 COLA adjustment period, the quarterly average has risen slightly by 0.47%.

Social Security

Social Security

1995

2.8%

2008

2.3%

 

1996

2.6%

2009

5.8%

 

1997

2.9%

2010

0.0%

 

1998

2.1%

2011

0.0%

 

1999

1.3%

2012

3.6%

 

2000

2.4%

2013

1.7%

 

2001

3.5%

2014

1.5%

 

2002

2.6%

2015

1.7%

 

2003

1.4%

2016

0%

 

2004

2.1%

 

 

 

2005

2.7%

 

 

 

2006

4.1%

 

 

 

2007

3.3%

 

 

 


For FECA Employees:

The percentage increase in the December CPI-W (1982-84=100) index from year to year determines the FECA COLA increase.  After the eighth month of the adjustment period the CPI has risen 1.784%.

FECA COLA

 

1995

2.7%

2008

4.3%

 

1996

2.5%

2009

0.0%

 

1997

3.3%

2010

3.4%

 

1998

1.5%

2011

1.7%

 

1999

1.6%

2012

3.2%

 

2000

2.7%

2013

1.7%

 

2001

3.4%

2014

1.5%

 

2002

1.3%

2015

0.3%

 

2003

2.4%

2016

0.4%

 

2004

1.6%

 

 

 

2005

3.4%

 

 

 

2006

3.5%

 

 

 

2007

2.4%

 

 

New Pay Scales (Effective Sept. 3, 2016):

Full-Time Regular Annual Basic Rates

Full-Time Regular Hourly Basic Rates

Part-Time Regular Hourly Basic Rates

Part-Time Flexible Hourly Basic Rates

Postal Support Employee (PSE) Hourly Rates

(Click here for the archive of Past Pay Scales)


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.

 

 


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.

News: Pay

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APWU News Bulletin

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Tell PMG, Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America's Mail!

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APWU Web News Article 158-2014

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APWU News Bulletin

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11/01/2013 - APWU-represented postal employees will receive an increase in their annual salaries effective Nov. 16, which will be reflected in paychecks dated Dec. 6. The increase will apply to employees covered by the APWU-USPS 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

ALSO: In a decision issued Oct. 16, Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that APWU members are entitled to retroactive pay for time postmasters or supervisors performed craft duties in excess of limits outlined in the contract.

APWU News Bulletin

$937 Cost-of-Living Raise Set for September

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ALSO: The APWU won a major victory Aug. 13 when Arbitrator Shyam Das issued a ruling that will help the union fight subcontracting, President Cliff Guffey has announced. Das ruled that locals must be notified when management makes a decision at the local, district or area level to contract out craft work.

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