They have been working for about 7 months under the old contract. Looks like they have a 5 year contract and wage increases of 8.85 percent over five years along with regular cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and a single lump-sum COLA payment of $686 for the period between July 2006 and May 2007. And they are going to do away with some lower paid part timer workers. I see alot of letter carriers in my area, off work by 5:30 pm. Gee that would be nice.