413 Promotion to Nonbargaining Unit Positions

413.1 Definition

A promotion is the permanent assignment, with or without relocation, of an employee to (a) an established position having a higher grade than the position to which the employee was previously assigned in the same schedule or (b) a position with a higher than equivalent grade (see 418.1) in another schedule.

Note: When an employee who has rate retention (see 415.3) is assigned to a different position, the assignment is not a promotion unless it is to a position with a grade or grade equivalent higher than the grade on which the rate retention was established.

413.2 Promotion Increase

413.21 Nonbargaining Unit Employees

Nonbargaining unit employees may receive promotion increases of from 3 to 10 percent, although increases of up to 12 percent may be granted on an exception basis. Management should consider the full 3 to 10 percent range in determining the amount of a promotion increase, giving consideration to such factors as responsibility and complexity of the job, skill requirements, and the employee’s experience, credentials, and salary history. Increases of as much as 12 percent should be reserved for employees with exceptional qualifications and can be granted only with the approval of the functional vice president. Promotional increases are subject to the conditions and exceptions described below:

  1. An increase cannot result in a salary that is below the minimum or exceeds the maximum of the new grade.
  2. An increase of more than 10 percent is given if necessary to bring the salary to the minimum of the new grade or the minimum salary rate for certain supervisory positions as described in 412.1b.
  3. If an employee is promoted more than once within 52 weeks, the aggregate promotional increase may not exceed 20 percent of the salary on which the first promotion action was calculated.
  4. For promotions to positions at grades 15 through 19 that require supervising two or more full-time equivalent bargaining unit employees, the amount of the increase must result in a salary that is no less than the minimum salary rate for those employees promoted to positions as described in Exhibit 412.1b.
413.22 Bargaining Unit Employees

Bargaining unit employees permanently assigned to a higher equivalent grade in the nonbargaining unit schedule receive a salary adjustment of 5 percent of their basic salary subject to the following:

  1. An increase cannot result in a salary that exceeds the maximum of the new grade.
  2. An increase of more than 5 percent is given if necessary to bring the employee’s salary to the minimum of the new grade or the minimum salary for certain supervisory positions as described in 412.1b.

413.3 Position Upgrade

When an employee’s position is upgraded through the Workload Service Credit System (WSCS), the Station Manager Evaluation Process, the job evaluation process (JEP), or jobranking standards and guidelines, a 2 percent basic salary increase is provided. The increase is adjusted higher if necessary to bring the salary to the minimum of the new grade or the minimum salary for certain supervisory positions as described in 412.1b. The increase is adjusted lower if necessary to keep the salary from exceeding the maximum of the higher grade.

413.4 EAS A–E Postmasters

When a postmaster in an EAS A–E Post Office is promoted to a position in a grade higher than the A–E postmaster grade, the postmaster’s hourly rate is converted to the full-time annual salary equivalent to that hourly rate (hourly rate x 2080) and then further adjusted in accordance with the promotion procedures in 413.2. All A–E postmasters are in the same grade, EAS A–E; therefore, a change from one A–E service hour category to another does not result in a promotion (see 414.13).