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Pay Information

This page includes information for APWU members about pay and benefits including pay scales, COLA information, promotion charts and leave allowances.

NIGHT SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL

For time worked between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., employees shall be paid additional compensation at the applicable flat dollar amount at each pay grade and step.

PROMOTION CHARTS

(Updated 11/01/13) These charts answer the question: Upon promotion, what pay step in the promoted grade will I get?

One chart covers the portion of the pay schedule that applies to employees hired before May 23, 2011. The second chart covers the portion of the schedule that applies to employees hired after May 22, 2011.

These charts are current, correct, and programmed into the USPS payroll systems. The charts in the ELM and some other places are outdated and not in use.

How to Use This Chart:

1. In the shaded 'From Grade' sections, find the grade and step from which the employee is being promoted.

2. In the shaded 'To Grade' section immediately below the section identified above, move down to the grade to which the employee is being promoted.

3. Move across to the right from the grade to which promoted, and down from the step from which promoted, and assign the intersecting step. Example, an employee is promoted from a grade 4, step H in schedule-2 to a grade 6 in schedule-2. Go to the section marked "From Grade 4" and move across to step H. Next go down to grade 6 in the light shaded section, and move across to until to come to the intersection at step H. Assign step H as the step to which promoted.

ANNUAL LEAVE

Employees earn sick and annual leave in accordance with postal regulations found in Subchapter 510 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM). Article 10, Section 2, of the National Agreement provides that "The leave regulations in Subchapter 510 of the [ELM], insofar as such regulations establish wages, hours or working conditions of employees covered by this Agreement, shall remain in effect for the life of this Agreement."

Full-time career employees earn annual leave based on their number of creditable years of service in accordance with the following accrual chart:

Leave Category Creditable Service Maximum Leave Per Year

4

Less than 3 years

4 hours for each full biweekly pay period; i.e., 104 hours (13 days) per 26-period leave year.

6

3 years but less than 15 years

6 hours for each full biweekly pay period plus 4 hours in last full pay period in calendar year; i.e., 160 hours (20 days) per 26-period leave year.

8

15 years or more.

8 hours for each full biweekly pay period; i.e., 208 hours (26 days) per 26-period leave year.

Part-time employees earn annual leave based on their hours worked in accordance with the following chart:

Leave Category Years of Creditable Service Maximum Leave per Year Rate of Accrual Hours in Pay Status Hours of Leave Earned per Period

4

Less than
3 years.

104 hours, or 13 days per 26-period leave year or 4 hours for each biweekly pay period.

1 hour for each unit of 20 hours pay in status.

20
40
60
80

1
2
3
4

6

3 years 
but less than 15 years.

160 hours, or 20 days per 26-period leave year or 6 hours for each full biweekly pay period.*

1 hour for each unit of 13 hours in a pay status.

13
26
39
52
65
78

1
2
3
4
5
6

8

15 years 
or more

208 hours, or 26 days per 26-period leave year or 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

1 hour for each unit of 10 hours in pay status.

10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

*Except that the accrual for the last pay period of the calendar year may be 10 hours, provided the employee has the 130 creditable hours or more in a pay status in the leave year for leave purposes.

SICK LEAVE

Sick leave for all career employees is accrued as follows:

Employee Category Full-time employees

Full-time employees

4 hours for each full biweekly pay period - i.e., 13 days (104 hours) per 26-period leave year.

Part-time employees

1 hour for each unit of 20 hours in pay status up to 104 hours (13 days) per 26-period leave year.


Sep 15, 2021

COLA For Employees Covered by the National Agreement

In July, the final month of the six-month adjustment period for the sixth COLA under the 2018 Agreement, the CPI-W Unadjusted Index (1967=100) rose from last month to 797.661; an increase over the January 2021 index point upon which employees received the last COLA. 

As a result of the rise in index level, the following COLA adjustment will be applied to each step of the basic annual salary for all employees covered under the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement effective August 28, 2021 (pay period 19-2021, pay date September 17, 2021).

The sixth COLA under the 2018 National Agreement will be $1,935.00:
 

Monthly Tracking

Amount

Per Annum

$1,935.00

Per Pay Period

$74.40

Cents Per Hour

$0.93

Under the 2018 National Agreement, employees accrued the following adjustments totaling $3,349.00:

#

Amount

Effective Date

Pay Period

Pay Date

1

$0.00

March 2, 2019

06-2019

March 22, 2019

2

$624.00

August 31, 2019

19-2019

September 20, 2019

3

$166.00

February 29, 2020

06-2020

March 20, 2020

4

$208.00

August 29, 2020

19-2020

September 18, 2020

5

$416.00

February 27, 2021

06-2021

March 19, 2021

6

$1,935.00

August 28, 2021

19-2021

September 17, 2021


Aug 16, 2021

Sixth COLA Increase Announced

August 12, 2021 

In accordance with the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 93 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective August 28, 2021.

The increase is the result of a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). It will appear in paychecks dated September 17, 2021 (Pay Period 19-2021).The value of the COLA for full-time employees in each step and grade will increase by $1,935.00 annually, and the hourly rates for part-time employees will be adjusted accordingly.

The COLAs are in addition to general wage increases. This is the sixth cost-of-living increase under the 2018 contract. The COLAs received so far during the 2018 National Agreement will total $3,349.00 per year.

Postal Support Employees (PSEs) do not receive cost-of-living increases, but have several general wage increases under the 2018 contract. 

Click here for pay scales.  (pay scales will be posted once effective)




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