NALC challenges change to promotion pay provisions

NALC News – 11/02/17 – Many letter carriers currently receiving promotion pay after being promoted to a Grade 2 assignment recently received PS Forms 50 notifying them of additional waiting time added before reaching their next step increase. This is a result of a recent revision to the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). NALC has challenged this revision.

Pursuant to Article 19 of the National Agreement, USPS notified NALC of proposed revisions to ELM Section 422.2, City Carrier Schedule. The revision eliminates the requirement that two times the most prevalent step be added to a Table 2 Grade 1 letter carrier’s salary when promoted to a Grade 2 assignment. If this pay rate fell between two steps, the carrier would then receive the higher step. This calculation resulted in Table 2 Grade 1 letter carriers receiving a two-step increase when assigned to a Grade 2 assignment.

Additionally, USPS notified NALC that it would be holding employees who previously received the two-step promotion pay increase in place in their current step for an additional 92 weeks less any time served since their last step increase.

The ELM revision and the “hold in place” were effective Oct. 14, 2017.

NALC has filed a national class-action grievance (Q16N-4Q-C 17638188) on the issues and appealed it to arbitration. Any local grievances should be held in abeyance pending resolution of the national grievance. Branch officers, representatives and members with any questions should contact their national’s business agent’s office.

4 Responses to "NALC challenges change to promotion pay provisions"

  1. mr p   November 16, 2017 at 1:02 am

    So the ELM can just revise regulations/guidelines whenever or however the hell they please eh?…I fall into this group of carriers and I truly hope my union that I pay into will fight like hell on this…thank you

  2. T6   November 25, 2017 at 5:34 am

    I also am one of the carriers who fall into this category. I received a form 50 in the mail the day after the ELM was revised. I thought nothing of it because I was due a step increase the following pay period. When I looked, to my surprise, they had moved my step increase date 2 years into the future. They never even have me my 46 weeks time that I had spent in the previous step as credit for “time served” if you will. Sadly, even if the union wins, I have no faith in USPS to get my pay correct and back on track to the increases that it was before. Union better fight….as I have little faith in them as well. I pay dues for results, and lately I’ve seen very little.

  3. New T6   December 10, 2017 at 10:06 am

    So does this mean that as a newly awarded T6 I do not get the two step increase? I saw it on my pay stubs for one pay period and the was lowered back down.

  4. Scott   December 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    If you are working as a T6 with the two step increase, and then bid onto a regular route and leave the T6 position, do you lose the the two steps, and go back to where you would be?

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