Some Federal Employees to See a Pay Raise

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By on November 4, 2012 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

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.

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