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New Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Charts for Rural Routes Released

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Rural Carriers

In accordance with provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.3, of Handbook EL-902, Agreement Between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, effective June 29, 2024 (pay period 15-24), the equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) will increase to 98.5 cents per mile. The EMA is 98.5 cents per mile, or a minimum of $39.40 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 provisions of Article 9, Section 2.J.5, receive an EMA of 98.5 cents per mile or $10.45 per hour, whichever is greater. This EMA should not exceed the amount provided in the special equipment maintenance allowance for the route stops and miles.

EMA Rate Schedule

The EMA rate schedule below supersedes all previously published EMA schedules for employees receiving EMA.

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