2016 National Agreement Retro Adjustment
We have been getting many questions lately from members regarding how and when the retroactive salary adjustments will be calculated.
The 2011-2016 National Agreement needs to be discussed first. The term of the 2011 contract was from 11/21/11 to 5/20/16. Historically, contract terms had been in November. The intent of having a longer term for the 2011 contract was to guarantee an additional COLA. There were three (3) General Wage Increases (GWI) in the 2011 contract which increased the base salary of all Mail Handlers. Each of these GWIs were paid in November. The last of which was paid in November of 2015.
The new 2016-2019 National Agreement also had an different term. The term of the 2016 contract was from 5/21/16 to 9/20/19.
- Retro Adjustments – 2016 Contract
- General Wage Increase (GWI) to base salary effective 11/26/16. Many are of the misconception that this increase should have been effective in May. This incorrect. As you can see from above, General Wage Increases have historically been effective annually in November. Basically, one GWI per 12 months.
- COLA Effective September 3, 2016 = $21 to base salary for career Mail Handlers.
- Retro Adjustments
- Prior to the ratification of the 2016 Contract
- Level 4, Top Step FTRs & PTRs were earning $27.03 an hour
- MHAs were earning $14.71
- Wage increases from 2016 Contract
- Level 4, Top Step FTRs & PTRs were earning $27.36 an hour
- MHAs were earning $15.12
- Contract Wage increases (GWI PP25-16 11/26/16 & COLA PP19-16 9/3/16) were implimented in Pay Period 05-17 and reflected in paychecks dated 3/10/17.
- Adjustments needed
- COLA $21 to base salary, from 9/3/16 to 3/10/17
- General Wage Increase, from 11/26/16 to 3/10/17
- Adjustments needed
- The amounts for each Mail Handler will vary, depending on Overtime worked, LWOP, Sunday Premium, etc.
- RETROACTIVE SALARY ADJUSTMENTS
- In February of 2017, USPS HQ advised NPMHU HQ that these retroactive adjustments would be paid to Mail Handlers in Pay Period 10-17, in paychecks dated 5/19/17
- As of this writing, we have been advised that approximately 4,000 (approximately 9%) Mail Handlers nationwide will not receive their adjustment in Pay Period 10-17
- Coincidentally, the Retroactive adjustments were also not paid when the USPS projected with the last (2011) contract. This error entirely falls on the USPS. The NPMHU will work diligently to ensure that all members receive the retroactive adjustments in its entirety.
- IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL MAIL HANDLERS NOTIFY THE UNION IF THEY DO NOT RECEIVE THE RETROACTIVE SALARY ADJUSTMENT. THE NATIONAL NPMHU HAS REQUESTED NAMES AND EINs. LOCAL 300 will submit the listing of those not paid to the national NPMHU office.
- Paychecks for Pay Period 10-17 can be viewed now on LiteBlue http://liteblue.usps.gov/ “ePayroll”
- Contact Local 300 HQ should you have any questions 212-431-0040
- Prior to the ratification of the 2016 Contract
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Local 300′s Semi-Annual Newsletter is “in the mail”. The winter 2017 edition contains many articles and pictures of Local 300 activities within the past six months. The newsletter will strive to put forward information about past, current, and future Union work and events.
Watch your mail box and feel free to critique the new editor, (not to harshly), about the composition and material. Feedback is welcome. 2017 Winter Local 300 Newsletter
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