On September 13, 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August 2022 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 273.737, a decrease from the May 2022 Index of 277.077. Therefore, based on the August 2022 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for rural carriers will decrease 1¢ to 96.0¢ per mile. This EMA rate will be effective October 8, 2022 (Pay Period 22-2022).
In accordance with the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.3 of the USPS/NRLCA National Agreement, effective October 8, 2022 (Pay Period 22-2022), the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) will decrease to 96.0¢ per mile, or a minimum of $38.40 per day, whichever is greater.
Auxiliary Rural Carriers, Rural Carrier Reliefs, Rural Carrier Associates, Rural Carrier Part Time Flexibles, and Auxiliary Assistance
Employees providing auxiliary assistance or serving auxiliary routes under the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.5, will receive EMA of 96.0¢ per mile or $10.20 per hour, whichever is greater. This EMA should not exceed the amount provided in the special EMA chart for route stops and miles.
This was the second opportunity for an EMA adjustment under the terms of the 2021-2024 USPS/NRLCA National Agreement. The next quarterly adjustment will occur after the release of the November 2022 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) and will be effective the second full pay period after release of that index.
The full EMA schedules will be posted on the Rural Carrier EMA Rate Schedule page when available.
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