June 27, 2019
Raises, retro pay on the way
uupdate 6-27-19

Hey, UUP members: you're getting a raise—thanks to the union’s tenacity at the negotiations table.

Members and SUNY employees represented by UUP are set to receive a 2 percent salary increase for 2019 effective July 1 or Sept. 1, based on whether they work full or part-time and if they are on a calendar or academic year work schedule.

But wait, there’s more.

Eligible UUPers and bargaining unit members will also receive the second half of the retroactive pay owed them by the state in their July 24 paychecks.

The raises and retro pay are guaranteed as part of UUP’s 2016-22 contract with the state—which was negotiated by UUP and approved in September 2018 by a majority of members who voted on the pact. UUP members and represented workers will see a 12.6 percent salary increase over the life of the contract.

“This is what we mean when we talk about being union strong,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. “A strong union gives workers a unified voice at the negotiations table and on the job. Our members work hard for our students and our patients at SUNY, and they deserve the salary and back pay increases that are soon to appear in their paychecks."

2 percent bump

UUP members who work on a calendar year schedule (pay basis codes ANN and CYF) will find a 2 percent salary increase in their July 24 paychecks.

Members who work and get paid on an academic schedule (pay codes 21P and CYP) will see the pay raise in their Sept. 18 paychecks. Employees who work on an academic schedule but elect to be paid over 12 months (pay code CAL) will see their 2 percent pay bump in their Oct. 2 paychecks.

And those employees who are paid hourly (pay code HRY), biweekly (pay code BIW) and through fees (pay code FEE) will get their raises based on their dates of obligation, according to the Payroll Bulletin issued by the state Comptroller’s Office.

Retro, on-call pay

The retroactive pay is due to elegible bargaining unit members (those who received the first half of retro pay in November 2018) and that worked without raises while the union negotiated its current six-year agreement with the state in 2016 and 2017. The back pay is for 2 percent raises negotiated by UUP for 2016 and 2017.

On-call pay rates will also increase effective July 1. On-call pay rates for upstate will rise to $6 per hour and to $8 for workers in New York City and on Long Island.

CLICK HERE to get detailed information about UUP’s 2016-22 contract with the state.

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