Rural Carrier Cost-of-Living Raises Set for August 31, 2019

Pursuant to the release of the July 2019 Consumer Price Index – Urban Wage and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and in accordance with Article 9.1.E , the third COLA adjustment of the 2018-2021 National Agreement will result in a $624 increase for eligible rural carriers. This COLA adjustment will be effective August 31, 2019, (PP 19-2019). All COLA adjustments are based on a 40-hour evaluation with proportional application to those route evaluations over 40 hours.

In accordance with Article 9.1.E.3, full COLA adjustments will apply to Table One and new Step 15 of Table Two. COLA adjustments to Steps 1 through 14 of Table Two will be adjusted proportionally to each step’s percentage of Step 15. This will serve to bring Table Two schedule (Step 15) employees to the same pay level as Table One (Step 12) employees, thereby eliminating the pay differential between Table Two and Table One employees at the top step and for the rest of their careers. The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 20, 2019.

NOTE: All leave replacement employees will now receive an additional 1% salary adjustment annually in lieu of COLA adjustments. Those leave replacement employees on the rolls prior to August 11, 2012, will now receive the additional 1% salary adjustment annually, rather than waiting for a COLA roll-in at the end of the agreement.


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Do we get retroactive reimbursement?

I have a question, I was an RCA on,March 18,2018(which I believe is the date that they are using to determine raise amount) I became regular on Nov 24th 2018 which is the date the raise is retroactive from. Am I going too get RCA increase or regular increase? If there’s even a difference.. Also, I WAS a 43j for a few months, then I added boxes and got cut to 40k. Which will the raise be determined on? Seems I’ve gotten screwed since before becoming regular, just wondering if I’ll even get a raise.

Why doesn’t anyone answer our questions here?

Barbara, if you are a regular carrier find your evaluation and step on table 2 to find your new rate of pay. As for back pay it will be calculated accordingly. For when you were an RCA as well as the months you were a RC 43 your back pay will reflect those months.

I am currently an rca. They also were supposed to back pay the RCA’s for the raise we were supposed to receive last November. No such thing has been seen. Anyone have an idea when this is supposed to happen?

I was told by my union rep this week we aren’t getting the back out until February of 2020. I’m beyond fed up.