Some postal workers are getting a raise

Seth Perlman/AP

Some postal workers will receive a pay raise in a few weeks.

Career employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union will receive a 1 percent pay increase, effective Nov. 17, and reflected in their Dec. 7 paychecks, according to the union. Those workers also will get two cost-of-living adjustments in March 2013. The pay boosts are a result of a collective bargaining agreement for 2010 through 2015 between APWU and the U.S. Postal Service.

It is the first pay raise in three years for the workers.

Postal support employees, who are not eligible for COLAs, will receive an across-the-board increase of 2 percent.

APWU career employees in March will receive a COLA for 2012 and 2013; the 2012 COLA was deferred until 2013 under the agreement between the union and the Postal Service because of the agency’s “dire financial straits,” APWU spokeswoman Sally Davidow said. The 2012 COLA based on January 2012’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers will result in an extra $62 per year for APWU career employees. The 2013 COLA reflected in March paychecks will be based on the January 2013 CPI-W figure.

Click here to see the new pay scales, effective Nov. 17.

“It is a very modest raise and certainly one that is well-earned,” Davidow said. APWU is the world's largest postal union and represents more than 220,000 USPS employees and retirees and nearly 2,000 private sector mail workers.

The Postal Service’s financial obligations stemming from a 2006 law and the popularity of electronic communication have nearly bankrupted the agency. In late September, USPS hit its borrowing limit of $15 billion after defaulting on congressionally mandated payments to prefund retirees’ health benefits. The agency’s inability to make those payments has not affected mail service or employee pay, but the overall financial situation at USPS is grim. The Senate has passed a postal service reform bill, but the House version -- which is very different from the Senate bill -- has stalled in that chamber.

The 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which included the retiree health benefits prefunding requirement, also prohibited the agency from raising postage rates above the rate of the inflation. “As we noted when the law passed, the restriction on increases in postage rates acts as a cap on wages, so our modest raises are an important achievement,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said.

Davidow said the country depends on the jobs these postal workers do and USPS employees perform a valuable public service. The Postal Service won praise from many people for its commitment to delivering mail during this week’s megastorm on the East Coast, which so far has killed nearly 100 people in the United States, destroyed countless homes and businesses, and dealt a severe blow to transportation systems up and down the Atlantic seaboard.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.