Some Federal Employees to See a Pay Raise

By on November 4, 2012 in News, Pay & Benefits

Postal employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union are about to get their first pay increase in three years.

The employees who are covered by the APWU-USPS 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will receive a 1% raise effective November 17. The raise will be reflected in paychecks issued December 7.

Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) will follow in March, and will include increases in the Consumer Price Index for January 2012 and January 2013. The across-the-board raise and cost-of-living adjustments were negotiated during bargaining in 2010 and 2011.

Postal Support Employees (PSEs), who are not eligible for the COLAs, will receive an across-the-board increase of 2 percent.

Under the terms of the APWU Constitution, an across-the-board contractual salary increase results in a small dues adjustment. Dues for career employees will be increased by 57 cents per pay period, with 38 cents going to locals and state organizations and 19 cents going to the national union. Dues for PSEs will be increased by 35 cents per pay period, with 23 cents going to locals and states and 12 cents going to the national union.

Updated Postal pay scales are available on the APWU web site.

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  1. mystate2 says:

    The APWU-USPS  Collective Bargaining Agreement is just the latest scam on federal postage workers.  They are in league with the present administration, they get you a raise then the union raises their dues and takes their cut.   The Post Office Employees already make more than the standard GS govt. employee makes under a different GS pay scale, and the post office is already in debt by billions.   I say change P.O. employees back to the standard GS pay scale, outlaw the APWU-USPS collective Bargaining Agreement, reduce the Post Office function and let the private sector handle the difference (UPS) and forget any pay raises until the economy is back on track.

    • grannybunny says:

      Whether or not the APWU raises its dues, no employee is required to be a member of the Union.  There is no way to compare Postal wages to GS wages, because there are no GS employees doing the same type of work.  A “clerk” position in the GS system is a clerical position and in no way similar to the job of a Postal clerk, who has to lift and carry 70 lb. parcels in an industrial setting, exposed to copious amounts of dust and acidity from the paper involved.  The only way to “outlaw” a collective bargaining agreement is in the context of a bankruptcy, which — hopefully — will be avoided.  The private sector can’t “handle the difference” — that is, take over USPS’s function — because the private sector is unwilling (and unable) to provide universal service at an affordable price.  The Postal Service delivers 170 billion items/year to 150+ million — and growing — addresses.  FedEx and UPS — combined — deliver 7 billion items to 30 million addresses, consigning a substantial (and growing) portion of those to USPS for “the first and last mile.”  Postal salaries were frozen a year before those of other Federal employees, and this is the first pay increase in 3 years, even though the cost of benefits have steadily continued to rise.  I’m no longer in the APWU bargaining unit — so I’m not receiving a raise — but more power to them! 

  2. grannybunny says:

    To put this into perspective, we’re talking about a 1% raise here — the first in 3 years — which doesn’t even make up for the increase in medical insurance premiums during the past 3 years.

    • Management Attorney says:

      It’s pathetic that some are getting riled up over a one to two percent pay raise to a lowly paid workforce.  I wouldn’t trade jobs with them – who of you would?

      • Schmittc003 says:

        Seriously? A “lowly paid workforce”! I started out at the PO 6 months after I got out of the Army in ’03. Let me tell you starting at $15 + an hour is not “lowly”. Give me a break! Postal carriers are getting paid WAY to much and milk a broken system behind strong union representation. Never seen more people know how to make their hours drag and work a system to create overtime.

        • The Master says:

          Let me know how you like walking that carrier route after an August summer in NOLA. Some people earn their money.

          I don’t work for the USPS. I do support the USPS. I like the services I get from them.

    • Guest says:

      Please identify your facts.  You stated “To the contrary, USPS is asking Congress to quit bleeding off all of the Postal Service’s profits and causing it to go from being debt-free and profitable to the very brink of insolvency.” 

      Ahhh  Union, another reason the have worn out their ability to reason.

      • grannybunny says:

        The “fact” is the 2006 mandate passed by the lame-duck Congress, requiring the Postal Service to prefund 75 years’ worth of future retiree health benefits within 10 years, a draconian requirement to which no other entity — public or private — has ever been subject, and it is bankrupting USPS.  Prior to that Act, the Postal Service was debt-free and profitable, funding its retiree health benefits on a pay-as-you-go basis, just like every other government agency.  The resulting $42+ billion slush fund is being used by Congress to render “revenue neutral” some of its other (over)spending.  It was just a cheap accounting trick to transform off-budget Postal revenue — paid by Postal customers, not taxpayers — into on-budget Treasury funds under the control of Congress, legalized extortion and money-laundering, if you will.  In addition, due to errors in the statutory formulas setting the payment amounts, USPS has been forced to overfund its 2 retirement accounts:  CSRS by $50-$75 billion (depending upon which audit one accepts) and FERS by $13+ billion.  These overpayments bolster the retirement accounts of retirees from other Federal agencies, which would otherwise have to be wholly borne by the taxpayers.  There are other examples, too, but these some of the major ways in which Congress has bled the Postal Service — which, otherwise, is operationally profitable — toward insolvency.

    • PA says:

       Question:  Why do postal employees pay so much less for their health insurance – compared to other federal employees?

  3. Laura Siple says:

    So, the Post Office is running a huge deficit and is expecting the fed to make up the difference and THEY get a pay raise??!!  This really is a world gone upside down and topsy turvy.

    • The Master says:

      I know. It’s kind of like when those Wall Street firms broke the economy and then gave themselves multi million dollar bonuses when they got tax payer bail out money.

      • grannybunny says:

        No, it’s not at all like that.  The Postal Service hasn’t engaged in the type of egregious behavior the Wall Street firms did, the Wall Streeters who got bonuses were the upper executives — as opposed to the blue-collar USPS workers here — and Wall Street got a taxpayer bailout, which the Postal Service has not received and is not seeking.

        • Fed Up says:

          None of us in government service, with the exception of the GSA, has been engaged in the type of egregious behavior shown by Wall Street.  Why the USPS is getting a raise, albeit a small raise, while the rest of us continue to lose purchasing power, is hard to understand.  I’d like to see the government privatize the USPS.  I could live with 5 days per week, or even 3 days per week mail delivery.  Anything that can be done to cut costs and make it profitable is ok with me.  

          • Wmponce says:

            Wrong.  All agencies have and do engage in egregious behavior.

          • FedEE says:

             Okay, why don’t you give us some examples? How about you start with examples of egregious behavior committed by the Postal Rate Commission, the Federal Thrift Investment Board, the Marine Mammals Commission, and the Peace Corps.

          • grannybunny says:

            Privatization is a non-starter.  There is no private entity willing or able to assume USPS’ role.  The Postal Service delivers 170 billion items per year to 150+ million — and the number keeps growing — addresses.  FedEx and UPS — combined — deliver 7 billion items per year to 30 million addresses, consigning a substantial, and growing, portion of those to USPS for “the first and last mile.”  Without the Postal Service, the majority of Americans would lack access to any type of mail service, much less at an affordable price.

        • The Master says:

          That was  sarcasm.

    • grannybunny says:

      The Postal Service is not asking the FED to “make up the difference” in its deficit.  To the contrary, USPS is asking Congress to quit bleeding off all of the Postal Service’s profits and causing it to go from being debt-free and profitable to the very brink of insolvency.  USPS has not received any Federal funds in decades and is not seeking any now.

  4. Jason Marcus says:

    I hate to nitpick, but couldn’t you have  titled the article “US Postal Workers to See a Pay Raise,” since they’re the only federal employees you mention in your article?