In last Friday’s paycheck, many of you should have seen an increase in your pay.
For state-funded employees, this new rate includes the deferred 3% raise contracted for July 1, 2020 and the difference (retro) from July, 1, 2021-August 6, 2021, due to the delay of Rutgers’ implementation of payment. For state-funded employees, the July 1, 2021 raise of 2.5% is deferred and will be paid in March 2022.
Our 100% grant or contract funded employees received their 3% increase effective July 1, 2020 and retro for the period of July 1, 2020-August 6, 2021 in August 6, 2021 paycheck. We learned last Thursday that Rutgers has delayed the payment of the additional 2.5% raise effective July 1, 2021 until the August 20thpaycheck. Those who are eligible should receive an additional 2.5% and the retro from July 1, 2021- August 20, 2021. Grant and contract funded employees are funded from external sources that should not be “subject to” the fiscal emergency language invoked due to the reduction in state appropriations. Their raises should have never been delayed but for Rutgers’ desire for more profit.
In order to confirm that you have received your proper pay, go to Employee Services and check your paystub. Please do the math and verify that the amount is correct.
Also, check Compensation History to see your new rate of pay. Verify that the amount is correctly calculated. While you are looking at your paystub, if you had chosen to change your health insurance plan during the special open enrollment period that URA fought for in May, you should see a reduction in the cost of your benefits.
Additionally, if you purchased your parking permit, deductions may have begun for that payment. All of these changes to your paycheck may not be immediately evident but are happening in a short period of time. I encourage you to verify every change so we can assist if there are corrections that need to be made.
Here’s what you should do if you are forced to work in extreme indoor temperatures:
- Immediately report the issue to REHS and make a facilities work order
- Notify your supervisor that you are reporting a safety violation and object to working under unsafe conditions until the repairs are complete:
“I object to working under extreme temperatures that deviate from the recommendations of OSHA and PEOSH because it can or has already impacted my health and safety and will cause an eminent continued threat to my wellbeing. As an alternative, I intend to leave the workplace and continue working remotely if/until the work environment is safe. Moving forward, working remotely is the safest option until the HVAC is fully operational.”
Reference: OSHA recommends temperature control in the range of 68–76° F and humidity control in the range of 20%-60%. Rutgers, as a public employer, is required to uphold a general duty of maintaining a workplace free from hazards according to PEOSH. Compliance with the OSHA recommendation will fulfill that duty. Violations may be reported to PEOSH at: https://www.nj.gov/health/workplacehealthandsafety/peosh/compform.shtml.
- If you’ve already experienced illness from the extreme heat conditions, notify your supervisor that you are feeling ill and must leave sick for the rest of the day. Request that the absence be precessed though the Occupational Health Department and that you should not be made to use your own sick time.
Update 5/18/21: The NJ DOL approved the Rutgers/URA-AFT shared work program application. This means that applications for unemployment insurance benefits for furloughs beginning the week of 5/16/21 will be paid (assuming your individual claim is approved) as planned.
Update 5/15/21: Last Monday, we shared with members management’s list of those eligible to furlough. Thank you to everyone for assisting in verifying that list. We had a tremendous response. Working as a union, we compiled a list of corrections for the final roster. There may still be mistakes, but we are working and meeting with UHR and the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJ DOL) to correct them as soon as possible.
On Friday, the plan was sent to NJ DOL for approval. We have not received approval at this time. On late Friday afternoon, Sr. VP Vivian Fernandez sent her email providing instructions on filing for unemployment.
If you are eligible for furlough, you will receive a separate email from your department with an Official Notification from your department with the agreed furlough day of the week through the duration of the program.
If you are ineligible for the furlough program, you already should have received an email telling you are exempted.
If you have a furlough day scheduled, take it as planned. Until the NJ DOL approves the plan, when you apply for unemployment benefits, your claim will remain pending. If the DOL does not approve the plan retroactively, you will be made whole.