(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.