NALC: Wage increase update for letter carriers

8/22/17 – On Aug. 19, career letter carriers began earning the first two cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) payable under the new contract that were effective Sept. 3, 2016, and March 4, 2017, as well as the 1.2 percent general wage increase that was effective Nov. 26, 2016. These increases will be reflected in the Sept. 8, 2017, paychecks. Back pay on these increases will be calculated from their effective date through Aug. 18, 2017.

Career letter carriers will also begin earning the third COLA payable under the new contract, which is effective on Sept. 2, 2017. This will be reflected in the Sept. 22, 2017 paychecks. Back pay is not applicable for this increase as it will begin being earned on its effective date.

The U.S. Postal Service has informed NALC that due to the complexity of implementing the new pay scale for city carrier assistants, CCAs will begin earning their pay increases on Sept. 16, 2017. The increases will be reflected in the Oct. 6, 2017 paychecks. 

The new CCA pay rates will include the 2.2 percent general wage increase that was effective Nov. 26, 2016, as well as the two step increases that were also effective on that date ($0.50 per hour for those CCAs with 12 weeks of service and an additional $0.50 per hour for those CCAs with 52 weeks of service). CCAs will be placed in their appropriate step based on their weeks of service. Back pay on these increases will be calculated from Nov. 26, 2016, through Sept. 15, 2017.

The Postal Service has indicated that it will take some time to calculate the back pay for the more than 210,000 letter carriers, but that all back pay will be processed and paid as soon as practicable.

These new pay rates can be seen in the new letter carrier pay schedule, also available for review on the free NALC Member App for Apple and Android smartphones.

6 Responses to "NALC: Wage increase update for letter carriers"

  1. Timothy Rein   September 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Do they have a certain day there looking at when theletter carriers will receive the back pay money.

  2. Lori Stevens   September 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    We shall see IF free speech is respected here …

  3. Lori Stevens   September 26, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Free speech NOT respected here. My previous comment about when are we getting our retro back pay NOT published. How long does it take computers to calculate retro pay? Manual calculation hasn’t been necessary for DECADES. A lawsuit was filed to prevent the vote on the new contract. The longer the retro pay raise is delayed, the more possibility there is that a class action lawsuit will be filed to FORCE pay out. THINK PEOPLE, THINK !!!

    Free speech has nothing at all to do with deletion of posts at PEN…vulgar language will get your posts deleted or never posted. And, you do realize that Freddie and the NALC will never see your posts because our site IS NOT affiliated with the NALC in any way. You may complain to your union steward or the NALC. Rick Owens – PEN

  4. Lori Stevens   September 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Why is it taking soooooo long to calculate the retro pay raises??? NALC not committing to WHEN the payout will happen. Smells like someone needs to lawyer up …

  5. Diane Struthers   October 12, 2017 at 10:40 am

    It is sad that in all previous contracts, a date certain when the back pay would be in your check was provided. Now the language says “when practicable” , sounds like double speak. Yes we say our overall pay increase on our pay stubs, but no date of when we get the actual adjustment.

  6. Mel   December 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    The pay raise was paid this past Friday! With that being said it was treated like it was a bonus and taxed EXTREMELY high!

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