By Charlie Cash – June 21, 2022
On June 4, 2022, many of the pay provisions of the 2021-2024 National Agreement were scheduled to be implemented. This included:
- 1.3% General Increase due November 20, 2021
- Additional 1.0% increase for PSEs (for a total of 2.3%) due November 20, 2021
- Additional $0.50 for PSEs due April 9, 2022
- Grade 11 pay changes due September 21, 2021
- $1310 COLA (additional $0.63 per hour) due February 26, 2022
- Additional Pay for PTFs due to the addition of the Juneteenth holiday
Over the weekend it became apparent that an issue with the implementation had occurred when PSEs began reporting that the additional $0.50 was not included in their pay. Today, June 21, 2022, the Postal Service acknowledged the $0.50 was not included. The Postal Service acknowledged that they made an error, but management has not identified what caused the error or when it will be added to the hourly pay of the PSEs. The APWU is in communications with the Postal Service and when additional information is known, that information will be published.
Even though the additional $0.50 did not start, PSEs will be paid the additional monies in the retroactive payment that is forthcoming. The date for the retroactive payment has not yet been determined. As previously stated, once the date is known, it will be published.
Some things to remember for the check dated June 24, 2022:
- There are no retroactive payments in this check; Retro payments will be in a future check (date yet to be determined)
- The COLA of $1310 is not a lump sum payment. It is an amount that is added to the annual salary of career employees and reflected as an increase of the employee’s hourly rate and in this case increased career pay by 63 cents an hour (slightly more for PTFs).
All employees on the rolls during any of the period retroactive pay is owed will receive a retroactive payment. If an employee has separated from the Postal Service for any reason, including retirement, they will receive a retroactive payment for the hours they were paid while on the rolls for which retroactive pay is owed. Separated employees will receive their retroactive payment in a paper check. Employees on the rolls will have their retroactive payment included in their regular paycheck/direct deposit when the retroactive payment date has been established.