Big Cuts in Civil Service Retirement Benefits Defeated … For Now

NAPS Leg/Reg Update – October 26, 2017 Federal and postal employees dodged a bullet aimed at their retirement benefits when the House of Representatives today refrained from including any retirement benefit cuts in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution (H Con Res 71. The House of Representatives approved the FY 2018 […]

Postal News Recap: usps new trucks, GOP candidate pipe bomb, wildfires, COLA, FEHB, OT,

  GOP candidate arrested for mailing pipe bomb package that exploded and injured pregnant postal worker 10/15/17 A former Republican political candidate in Indiana who authored a right-wing blog was arrested this week for allegedly mailing a pipe bomb and a threatening letter containing a bullet to two of his political opponents. The pipe bomb […]

NARFE: COLA Announcement Reinforces Need for a New COLA Formula

10/13/2017 Alexandria, VA – The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to federal civilian retirement annuities and Social Security benefits will be 2.0 percent in 2018, pursuant to the latest consumer price data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Richard Thissen, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), issued the […]

Social Security Announces 2.0 Percent Benefit Increase for 2018

10/13/2017 Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018. Increased payments to more than […]

NALC: Contract COLA – 3rd COLA Will Be $270 Annually

Contract COLA: 3rd COLA Will Be $270 Annually The July 2017 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, 1967=100) was 710.766, an increase of 12.186 points over the 2016-2019 National Agreement’s July 2014 base index of 698.580. Each full 0.4 point increase above the base index equals a 1-cent-per-hour increase. As […]

Paltry COLA Will Leave Postal, Federal Retirees Worse Off

10/20/2016 – The APWU has joined with 74 other organizations to urge Congress to correct an outrageous disparity, Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor reports. Unless the legislature takes action, a miniscule 0.3 percent 2017 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for millions of retirees will result in a substantialreduction in the annuities of hundreds of thousands of postal […]

NARFE: Federal Retirees worse off with only 0.3 Percent COLA increase for 2017

Alexandria, VA – – Federal retirees received bad news today with the announcement of the 2017 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), said National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Richard G. Thissen. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that the COLA to federal civilian and military retirement annuities and Social Security benefits in […]

APWU: COLA Increase

08/16/2016 – Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a one-cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Sept. 3, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The increase is the result of a slight increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated Sept. 23 (Pay Period 19-2016), […]

Senator Sanders: No COLA for Social Security, Disabled Vets is ‘Unacceptable’

October 15, 2015 LOS ANGELES – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday called it “unacceptable” that millions of seniors will get no annual cost-of-living adjustment in their Social Security checks in 2016. The announcement on Thursday by the Social Security Administration also means there will be no boost in benefits for disabled veterans. Next year […]