Our local union office has received a number of questions this past week about how step increases will be implemented under our new contract. In case you didn’t see the explanation contained in the contract settlement summary or hear the review we provided at the ratification vote meetings, attached is a handout about step implementation.
Essentially, the timing of our step increases is on hold. If we succeed in getting the Legislature to appropriate $1.15 million in February/March to pay for the step increases at the four regional and technical universities, everyone who is entitled to a step increase will get their full increase effective from their anniversary date.
– Those with anniversary dates after March 2014 will get their first and second years’ step increases right on time.
– Those with anniversary dates between November 2013 and March 2014 will have to wait until April 2014 for their first year’s step increase, but it will be paid retroactive to their anniversary date. Their second year’s step increase will arrive right on time.
– Those with anniversary dates between July and October 2013 have already received their first year’s step increase. Effective November 1, that increase was rolled back to the person’s June 2013 wage rate as we wait for the Legislature to act. Once the necessary funds are approved in February/March 2014, these members will have their step increases reinstated back to November 1.
If we don’t succeed in getting the Legislature to appropriate that $1.15 million, then everyone who is eligible will still receive two full step increases, but they will occur on June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015. So, starting in January, it is extremely important for all of us to join in lobbying the Legislature to appropriate the money needed for step increases!
One last thing: I have attached a recent article from the Ashland newspaper that describes the financial crisis Southern Oregon University is facing. It is because the four smaller universities face these kinds of problems that our bargaining team agreed to make our step increases contingent on additional state funding.
If this information doesn’t answer all your questions, please let me know.