Second Significant COLA Increase of 2017 Announced

(This article was first reported on August 11, 2017 on the National website Web News Article #: 76-2017)

In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 13 cents per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective September 2. The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 22, 2017 (Pay Period 19-2017), and will total $270.00 per year.

The next COLA increases will be based on the January 2018 CPI-W and July 2018 CPI-W effective the second pay period following the release of those indexes. The cost-of-living adjustments are in addition to general wage increases.

This is the fifth cost-of-living increase under the 2015-2018 contract:

  • $0.00      The first COLA would have been effective September 5, 2015
  • $0.00      The second COLA would have been effective March 5, 2016.
  • $21.00    The third COLA was effective September 3, 2016.
  • $333.00  The fourth COLA was effective March 18, 2017.
  • $270.00  The fifth COLA increase effective September 2, 2017.
Postal Support Employees do not receive cost-of-living increases, but they have five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract. On May 13, 2017 PSEs received a $0.20 per hour pay increase. Also on November 25, 2017, PSEs will recieve a pay increase of 2.3%.
Updated pay scales are available.

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