New EMA Rate Effective December 31, 2022 (Pay Period 02-2023)

On December 13, 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November 2022 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 266.492, a decrease from the August 2022 Index of 273.737. Therefore, based on the November 2022 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for rural carriers will decrease 2.5¢ to 93.5¢ per mile. This EMA rate will be effective December 31, 2022 (Pay Period 02-2023).

Rural Carriers

In accordance with the provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.3 of the USPS/NRLCA National Agreement, effective December 31, 2022 (Pay Period 02-2023), the Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) will decrease to 92.5¢ per mile, or a minimum of $37.00 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 93.5¢ per mile or $9.95 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 third 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 February 2023 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.