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Pursuant to the release of the July 2017 Consumer Price Index - Urban Wage and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and in accordance with Article 9.1.E , the third COLA adjustment of the 2015-2018 National Agreement will result in a $270 increase for eligible rural carriers. This COLA adjustment will be effective September 2, 2017, (PP 19-2017).

All COLA adjustments are based on a 40-hour evaluation with proportional application to those route evaluations over 40 hours. The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 22, 2017.

NOTE: For RCA/RCR employees on rolls prior to August 11, 2012, an amount equal to the COLA paid to full-time rural carriers on an hourly basis under the 2015-2018 Agreement will be rolled into RCA/RCR hourly rates during the first full pay period of August 2018. In lieu of COLA, the hourly rate for RCAs hired on or after August 11, 2012, shall include additional increases of 1.0% effective November 14, 2015; 1.0% effective November 26, 2016; and 1.0% effective November 25, 2017.

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New EMA Rate - Effective September 30, 2017 (Pay Period 21-2017)

On September 14, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August 2017 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 196.076, a decrease from the May 2017 Index of 193.433. Therefore, based on the August 2017 CPI-W release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will remain unchanged at 68.0¢ per mile.

This EMA rate will be effective September 30, 2017 (Pay Period 21-2017).

The full EMA schedules will be posted on the Rural Carrier EMA Rate Schedule page when available

Check the NRLCA website frequently for updates!