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Board of Trustee UUP Resolution 2018

Board of Trustee UUP Resolution 2018

MEMORANDUM

 

September 13, 2018

To: Members of the Board of Trustees
From: Kristina M. Johnson, Chancellor
Subject: Resolution Implementing the Agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions (UUP) for the period commencing July 2, 2016 and ending July 1, 2022 to Include Across-the-board and Discretionary Salary Increases

I recommend that the Board of Trustees adopt the following resolution:

Whereas the State of New York and the United University Professions have reached a collective bargaining agreement for the years 2016-2022 for members of the professional services negotiating unit; and

Whereas Chapter 263 of the Laws of 2018 was signed by Governor Cuomo on August 24, 2018 providing for the implementation of the collective bargaining agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions; now, therefore, be it

Resolved that the “Guidelines for Discretionary Salary Increases” (copy on file with the Office of the Secretary of the University), applicable to the professional service of the State University in accordance with the 2016 - 2022 agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions be, and hereby are, approved; and, be it further

Resolved that the salary schedules adopted on July 16, 2013 by Resolution 2013-049 are hereby repealed; and, be it further

Resolved that the salary schedules (copies on file with the Office of the Secretary of the University) for 2016-2022 for University faculty and professional employees represented by UUP and reflecting the terms set forth in the agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions be, and hereby are, approved; and, be it further

Resolved that the salary increases and payments as set forth in the agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions be, and hereby are, approved; and, be it further

Resolved that the Chancellor, or her designee, be, and hereby is, authorized to take all steps necessary and appropriate to implement the above-referenced salary schedules, payments, and guidelines.

Background

The State of New York and the United University Professions (UUP) have reached a collective bargaining agreement for 2016-2022. This agreement was ratified by members of UUP on September 5, 2018, and legislation has been signed providing authority for SUNY to implement the changes for employees represented by UUP. The agreement establishes new minimum salaries for each faculty and professional salary range. Approval of maximum salaries are not set by the contract and remain the responsibility of the Board of Trustees. The proposed maxima are increased consistent with the across-the-board increases. The agreement establishes across-the-board compensation increases of two percent (2%) effective July 2, 2016, July 1, 2017, July 1, 2018, July 1, 2019, July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021.

The agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions also provides for a lump sum payment in the amount of $600 to incumbents on the payroll on June 30, 2017 and at the time of payment.

The agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions provides an amount equal to one percent (1%) of the total basic annual salaries on June 30, 2018 for incumbents in this negotiating unit to be made in the form of a lump sum payment and not added to basic annual salary.

The agreement provides an amount equal to one half percent (.5%) of the total basic annual salaries on June 30, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 for distribution by the Board of Trustees in their discretion. The agreement also provides an amount equal to one half percent (.5%) of the total basic annual salaries on June 30, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 for distribution by the Board of Trustees in their discretion to address salary compression and inversion issues.

Part-time Academic Faculty Minimum Salaries shall be established for part-time academic employees not paid on an hourly or basic annual salary basis. The credit hour equivalent for contact hours and other credit equivalencies will be determined by management based on the practice at each individual campus.

On-call pay for employees eligible to receive on-call pay will be $6.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019. On-call pay for employees eligible to receive on-call pay in Long Island and New York City will be $8.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019.

SUNY Guidelines for Discretionary Salary Increases for UUP Members
September 13, 2018

General Provisions:

The agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions provides for a lump sum payment in the amount of $600 to incumbents on the payroll on June 30, 2017 and at the time of payment. This amount shall be pro-rated for part-time employees according to the terms of the agreement.

The agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions provides for the distribution of one percent (1%) of the total of the basic annual salaries as of June 30, 2018 for incumbents in this negotiating unit made in the form of a lump sum payment and not added to basic annual salary at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. These discretionary payments are to be used to recognize performance of members of the professional services negotiating unit and are not to be processed as across-the-board payments by the campus.

The agreement between the State of New York and UUP provides for the distribution of four pools of funds, each equal to one-half percent (.5%) of the total basic annual salaries on June 30 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 at the discretion of the SUNY Board of Trustees, to eligible employees who hold positions in the professional services negotiating unit. These discretionary increases are to be used to recognize performance of members of the professional services negotiating unit and distribution on an across-the-board basis is not recommended.

The agreement also provides for the distribution of four pools of funds, each equal to one-half percent (.5%) of the total basic annual salaries on June 30, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 at the discretion of the SUNY Board of Trustees to eligible employees who hold positions in the professional services negotiating unit to address salary compression, and inversion. The agreement provides for an executive level committee to develop guidelines and methodology for analyzing salary compression and/or inversion but the increases distributed remain discretionary.

The Chancellor with respect to System Administration and each campus president shall determine the distribution of the individual pools and they are obligated to certify that all discretionary payments/increases granted based on the pools for June 30, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 are implemented and that the entire pool has been expended.

Discretionary Adjustments:

The discretionary payments/increases for each of these years are scheduled for payment no later than December 31 following the conclusion of the prior performance program year. These payments/increases are to be made from pools established in the campus budgets. To be eligible to receive one of these discretionary payments/increases, an employee must be on the payroll on 6/30/18, 6/30/19, 6/30/20, 6/30/21, or 6/30/22 and on the payroll when the payments are made. Discretionary payments are made at the time of payment and discretionary increases are made retroactively to July 1 for employees having a calendar year or college year obligation and retroactively to September 1 for employees having an academic year obligation. Persons on leave from such positions, but continuing in UUP service in accordance with the terms of the contract, may be considered for discretionary payments/increases. In addition, hourly or bi-weekly pay basis employees and returning part-time staff whose service ends prior to 6/30/18, 6/30/19, 6/30/20, 6/30/21 or 6/30/22 shall be eligible for discretionary payments/increases for work performed in 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-21 or 2021-2022, as outlined in the agreement.

Rosters:

Discretionary payments/increases should be reported on a roster to University-wide Human Resources. The format of the rosters will be provided prior to the date on which payments will be made. All rosters must be signed by the Chancellor or the campus president.

Exception Policy:

In an extraordinary circumstance, campuses are able to exceed the salary maxima for an individual employee. The authority to approve an exception resides with the campus president and is not delegable to any other officer. An exception to the maxima must be reported to the University-wide Human Resource Office, including the rationale and documentation supporting the exception.

While there is no predetermined limit on exceptions, it should be understood that this procedure is expected to be used only in exceptional cases. An individual’s State salary may not exceed that of the campus president without prior approval by the Chancellor. The request for prior approval by the Chancellor should include the rationale and documentation supporting the exception along with a certification that the funds to support this request are available in the current campus budget.

Human Resources