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RodOrRob  
#1 Posted : Friday, August 10, 2018 8:12:58 PM(UTC)
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Contract COLA: 5th COLA is $645


The fifth regular COLA under the 2016-2019 National Agreement is $645 annually following the release of the July 2018 Consumer Price Index.

On August 10, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) stood at 733.221 in July, 34.641 points above the base index of 698.580 in July 2014. After adding the 0.06 cents carried forward from the fourth adjustment period, the accumulated COLA through July stood at 31 cents per hour or $645 annually.
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#2 Posted : Friday, August 10, 2018 8:29:07 PM(UTC)
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That is very deceptive only step O gets 645$, id like to see the break down of what the actual amount is per step.
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RodOrRob  
#3 Posted : Friday, August 10, 2018 8:32:01 PM(UTC)
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That is very deceptive only step O gets 645$, id like to see the break down of what the actual amount is per step.


Nothing deceptive about it, been that way since an arbitrator decided it to be that way years ago.

And you'll see the breakdown on the next payscale.
RodOrRob  
#4 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 3:43:48 AM(UTC)
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It's in the contract

https://www.nalc.org/new...nt/2017-06_agreement.pdf

These COLAs will be added to
every step in Grades 1 and 2 of Table
1, which covers career letter carriers
appointed before Jan. 12, 2013. For
letter carriers with career appointments
on or after that date, the full
COLAs will also be added to the Step
O rates of both grades in Table 2, and
then applied proportionately to Steps
A through N, following the practice
established by the 2011-2016 contract. <------Set by an arbitrator

In accordance with Article 9.3.D steps A through N receive COLAs adjusted proportionally to each step's percentage of Step O

9.3.D.
Steps A through N in the basic salary schedules provided
for in Table Two of this Agreement shall receive COLAs calculated
using the formula in paragraph C adjusted proportionally
to each step’s percentage of Step O.

9.3.C.
The basic salary schedules provided for in Table One and
Step O of Table Two of this Agreement shall be increased one cent
per hour for each full 0.4 of a point increase in the applicable Index
above the Base Index.
StrawberryShake  
#5 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 5:07:57 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: karl malone Go to Quoted Post
That is very deceptive only step O gets 645$, id like to see the break down of what the actual amount is per step.


If you are table two, look at the percentage that corresponds with your step, break out your handy dandy calculator. IE I am step H 645(.8075)= $520.84. Still nothing to sneeze at. My spouse works in a private sector job. When the cost of living goes up he does not receive colas. I'll take the 520$ thanks. Its a months tuition for Catholic school for my kid. 50,467+520.84= 50,987 total new salary. If I look at the rest of the year, I get a step increase around the same time as the 2.1% raise so 645 (.835)= $538. 52,188+538= 52,736. Plus our 2.1% raise= 1107.25= a total of $53,843. So my salary will have gone up a total of $3,376. Absolutely nothing to sneeze at! Looking at the paychart when figuring in the cola and the raise, that will feel like getting an extra step increase by the end of the year!
Postalcarrier2018  
#6 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 5:21:53 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: RodOrRob Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: karl malone Go to Quoted Post
That is very deceptive only step O gets 645$, id like to see the break down of what the actual amount is per step.


Nothing deceptive about it, been that way since an arbitrator decided it to be that way years ago.

And you'll see the breakdown on the next payscale.


I agree that it is in the contract, but I also agree that COLAs should be the same increase for everyone across the board.

When prices goes up it goes up for everyone. It should be a simple common sense fix for the next contract.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 5:30:31 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Postalcarrier2018 Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: RodOrRob Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: karl malone Go to Quoted Post
That is very deceptive only step O gets 645$, id like to see the break down of what the actual amount is per step.


Nothing deceptive about it, been that way since an arbitrator decided it to be that way years ago.

And you'll see the breakdown on the next payscale.


I agree that it is in the contract, but I also agree that COLAs should be the same increase for everyone across the board.

When prices goes up it goes up for everyone. It should be a simple common sense fix for the next contract.


And I doubt you'll find anyone in the Union who disagrees with you. Unfortunately an arbitrator decided to split to baby on this issue and now it'll be next to impossible to undo it.
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#8 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 5:59:35 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Postalcarrier2018 Go to Quoted Post
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Originally Posted by: karl malone Go to Quoted Post
That is very deceptive only step O gets 645$, id like to see the break down of what the actual amount is per step.


Nothing deceptive about it, been that way since an arbitrator decided it to be that way years ago.

And you'll see the breakdown on the next payscale.


I agree that it is in the contract, but I also agree that COLAs should be the same increase for everyone across the board.

When prices goes up it goes up for everyone. It should be a simple common sense fix for the next contract.


Exactly!!

There are carriers on table 1 who have not stepped out yet, think of transferring clerks as well.
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Postalcarrier2018 on 8/11/2018(UTC)
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#9 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:35:37 AM(UTC)
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Do CCAs get the COLA increase?
Mailman88  
#10 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 9:06:46 AM(UTC)
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No CCA’s do not get COLA’s that’s why they are seeing a higher percent raise in November
CareerCarrierAspirations  
#11 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 3:06:28 PM(UTC)
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Will the "to be" newly converted PTF carriers miss out on this COLA since its being awarded now, rather than in September (when the conversions are scheduled to occur)?
Hannah Blector  
#12 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 3:30:51 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: CareerCarrierAspirations Go to Quoted Post
Will the "to be" newly converted PTF carriers miss out on this COLA since its being awarded now, rather than in September (when the conversions are scheduled to occur)?


The cola is added to the base pay as described in preceding posts (proportionally). And that base pay is how a PTF's wages are figured. So they will get it. No one gets a lump sum. The hourly/yearly pay is increased by the amount of the COLA.
benjim24  
#13 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 9:22:44 AM(UTC)
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Strawberry how are you on Step H? I remember you saying you made fulltime in the spring or summer of 2014. I’m at Step G and was converted to fulltime in Jan 2014. Just got my latest step in July of 2018. I did get one extra Step for TE time. (Just under 3 years TE time). I’m guessing you must’ve got additional steps.
benjim24  
#14 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 9:38:42 AM(UTC)
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Yeah I really feel for Step A carriers they get .19 an hour. At least Table 2 carriers will now get bigger step increases with the additional COLAs added in a greater percentage to each step. Also chance for 2 more COLAs left in the contract.
Hannah Blector  
#15 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 10:02:31 AM(UTC)
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I like the COLA system. I just wish the economics meant they were always 0%. If I get 1%, I know my expenses already went up more than 1%. But having the mecahnism for an adjustment in pay is better than not.
Hannah Blector  
#16 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 10:06:19 AM(UTC)
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Our COLA likely won't match the increase in the price of cola this year.
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#17 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 11:44:10 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: benjim24 Go to Quoted Post
Strawberry how are you on Step H? I remember you saying you made fulltime in the spring or summer of 2014. I’m at Step G and was converted to fulltime in Jan 2014. Just got my latest step in July of 2018. I did get one extra Step for TE time. (Just under 3 years TE time). I’m guessing you must’ve got additional steps.


Got 2 for TE time, also got conversion backdated to july 2013 from that crazy grievance. Step I coming in December shortly after our 2.1% raise. Its a good year!
roger.d  
#18 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 1:37:11 PM(UTC)
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Our COLA likely won't match the increase in the price of cola this year.


Corporate greed?
Learn to discipline yourself, so someone else doesn't have to
Postalcarrier2018  
#19 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 4:09:51 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: benjim24 Go to Quoted Post
Strawberry how are you on Step H? I remember you saying you made fulltime in the spring or summer of 2014. I’m at Step G and was converted to fulltime in Jan 2014. Just got my latest step in July of 2018. I did get one extra Step for TE time. (Just under 3 years TE time). I’m guessing you must’ve got additional steps.


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Originally Posted by: benjim24 Go to Quoted Post
Strawberry how are you on Step H? I remember you saying you made fulltime in the spring or summer of 2014. I’m at Step G and was converted to fulltime in Jan 2014. Just got my latest step in July of 2018. I did get one extra Step for TE time. (Just under 3 years TE time). I’m guessing you must’ve got additional steps.


Got 2 for TE time, also got conversion backdated to july 2013 from that crazy grievance. Step I coming in December shortly after our 2.1% raise. Its a good year!


I'm also on step H (after this latest hold in place lift news), I made regular may of 2014.

Got 2 for TE time as well.

Speaking of the crazy grievance that backdated your conversion, I totally do not know a thing about that. Can you provide me a link please?

Also, with this latest TE time recalculation news, I wonder if I fall as one of the 600 TEs....does anyone know approximately many how many former TEs are currently regulars?(https://nalc.org/news/nalc-updates/step-credit-for-former-tes-to-be-recalculated)

TETastic  
#20 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 4:32:26 PM(UTC)
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https://www.nalc.org/new.../document/2017-11_vp.pdf

This is for the grievance that backdated some of our conversions. Your pay would have been affected in Feb/Mar if you were involved. As for the recalculation, do you have any reason to think you are? Did you get less steps than expected?
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