Wage Increase and COLA implementation
With ratification of the 2016 National Agreement now complete, the National Office has been notified that the Postal Service will be implementing the prospective application of the November 2016 general wage increases during Pay Period 5 of 2017, which starts this Saturday, February 18, 2017. Also expected to be implemented in that Pay Period will be the small September 2016 cost-of-living adjustment of $21.
The next COLA for March 2017, recently finalized at $333 for career mail handlers receiving the full COLA, should be included in paychecks starting with Pay Period 6 of 2017, which starts on March 4, 2017.
The dates for paying the retroactive portion of the increases from 2016 is still to be determined.