COLA (Consumer Price Index Reference)

There are no further COLA Adjustments contained in the contract dated March 2017 and September 2019.  Until a new contract is ratified, no additional adjustments will be made.

Cost of Living Adjustments are calculated every six months upon the January and July index releases.  Data for each month is released about the 15th on the following month.  To receive a Cost of Living Adjustment, the Consumer Price Index must rise above the Base Index on an accounted month (January or July).   NPMHU’s current Base Index is July 2019 at 745.376.    If the Consumer Price Index has risen for the accounting period, Mail Handlers receive $.01 (1 cent) per hour for every 0.4 of a point increase.

Previous COLA Raises:

  • July 2008 – 71 cents     (644.303 – 615.828 = 28.475/0.4 = 71.1875)  Paid on 8/30/2008
  • January 2009 – zero    (612.719 – 644.303  = 0)
  • July 2009 -zero     (627.093 – 644.303  = 0)
  • January 2010 – zero     (633.176 – 644.303  = 0)
  • July 2010 – zero     (637.138 – 644.303  = 0)
  • January 2011 – 1 cent     (644.591 – 644.303 = 0.288/0.4 = 0.72)  Paid on 3/12/2011
  • July 2011 – 47 cents     (663.314 – 644.591 = 18.723/0.4 = 46.8075)  Paid on 9/10/2011
  • January 2012 – Not Included In Contract    (664.891 – 663.314 = 1.577/0.4 = 3.9425)  – Unpaid
  • July 2012 – Not Included In Contract     (671.899 – 664.891 = 7.008/0.4 = 17.52)  –  Unpaid
  • January 2013 – 7 cents     (674.734 – 671.899 = 2.835/0.4 = 7.0875)  Paid on 3/8/2014
  • July 2013 – 27 cents     (685.350 – 674.734 = 10.616/0.4 = 26.54)  Paid on 9/6/2014
  • January 2014 – zero     (685.220 – 685.350 = 0)
  • July 2014 – 33 cents     (698.580 – 685.350 = 13.23/0.4 = 33.075)  Paid on 9/6/2014
  • January 2015 – zero     (680.018 – 698.580 = 0)
  • July 2015 – zero     (696.436 – 698.580 = 0)
  • January 2016 – zero     (688.259 – 698.580 = 0)
  • July 2016 – 2 cents     (699.364 – 698.580 = 0.784/0.4 = 1.96) Paid on 2/18/2017.
  • January 2017 – 15 cents   (705.517 – 699.364 = 6.153/0.4 = 15.3825)  Paid  on 3/4/2017.
  • July 2017 – 13 cents  (710.766 – 705.517 = 5.249/0.4 = 13.1225)  Paid on 9/2/2017.
  • January 2018 – 24 cents (720.604 – 710.766 = 9.838/0.4 = 24.595) Paid on 3/3/2018
  • July 2018 –  31 cents  (733.221 – 720.604 = 12.617/0.4 = 31.543)  Paid on 9/1/2018.
  • January 2019 – zero     (730.176 – 733.221 = 0)
  • July 2019 – 30 cents  (745.376 – 733.221 = 12.155/0.4 = 30.3875)  Paid on 8/31/2019.
  • January 2020 – 8 cents  (748.729 – 745.376 = 3.353/0.4 = 8.3825)  Paid on 4/25/2020.
  • July 2020 – 9 cents (752.527 – 748.729 = 3.798/0.4 = 9.495)  Paid on 8/29/2020.
  • January 2021 – In Contract
  • July 2021 – In Contract
  • January 2022 – In Contract
  • July 2022 – In Contract
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