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Raise for APWU-represented employees

Postal employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union got an increase in annual salaries effective Nov. 17.


Postal employees represented by the American Postal Workers Union got an increase in annual salaries effective Nov. 17. The raise, which will show up in Dec. 7 paychecks, was the first in three years, the union said. The raise applies to employees covered by the APWU-USPS collective bargaining agreement for 2010-2015.

APWU said career employees will get a 1 percent raise. Cost-of-living adjustments will follow in March, and will include increases in the Consumer Price Index for January 2012 and January 2013. The union said the raise and cost-of-living adjustments were negotiated during bargaining in 2010 and 2011.

Postal support employees, who are not eligible for the COLAs, will receive an across-the-board 2 percent increase.

APWU President Cliff Guffey said that “considering the circumstances,” the wage increases were “significant.”

Guffey noted that Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which prohibits the Postal Service from raising postage rates above the rate of inflation, “acts as a cap on wages, so our modest raises are an important achievement.”

Updated pay scales are available on the union’s website at http://apwu.org/dept/ind-rel/irpayinfo.htm#121117.

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