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Tentative Agreement – Additional FAQ

Our union came to a tentative agreement with Rutgers management on May 29, 2019.  Since then we held a series of informational meetings on every campus.  Here are some of the most common questions and answers discussed at the meetings.


How will I receive my raises?
Our new Agreement provides for a raise of 3% to the base salary of everyone in the URA bargaining unit on the date we vote to ratify.  (Planned for Thursday, 6/13).  This is the raise for Year 1 of the Contract, FY 18–19.  Another raise of 3% of the new base salary will come on July 1, 2019.  That is our raise for Year 2 of the contract, FY 19–20. In effect, our salaries will increase a bit more than 6% from what we are currently earning.

Will we get “retro” pay for the time since the last contract expired?
If you have been working in a URA bargaining unit job since July 1, 2018, your 3% raise will be paid retroactively to that date.  If you came into the URA bargaining unit since that date, your retroactive raise will go back to the date you started in that job. Retroactive pay will come in a single paycheck, in a single lump.  You must remain on payroll, in a URA job, until the date of the retroactive payment, in order to receive the payment

Example Calculation–full year:

Original salary on
July 1, 2018
New salary effective
July 1, 2018
Difference

(Retro pay amount)

New Salary effective
July 1, 2019
New Salary effective
July 1, 2020
New Salary
effective
July 1, 2021
$50,000 $50,000 + 3%

=$51,500

$1,500 $51,500 + 3%

=$53,045

$53,045 + 3%

=$54,636

$54,636 + 2.5%
=$56,002
Total % - 3% - 6.09% 9.27% 12%

 

Prorated Example–calculation for hire date after July 1, 2018:

Original salary on Sept. 1, 2018 New salary effective
Sept. 1, 2018
Difference Number of work days in the fiscal year Amount of raise per day Prorated # of work days Prorated retro pay amount
$50,000 $50,000 + 3%

=$51,500

$1,500 260 $1,500 / 260

=$5.7692

215 $5.7692 x 215

=$1,240

What’s new with in-grade adjustments and job reclassifications?
We revised the criteria for what qualifies for an in-grade adjustment (Article 39-Salary Adjustments).  We also updated some of the procedures surrounding the reclassification process (Article 35-Reclassification).  We will continue to hold member-only workshops about how to best prepare for and utilize these options.

What has changed about FMLA and NJFLA use?
FMLA and NJFLA are entitlement programs that protect your job while you are away.  Our new contract has not modified these entitlements, but we did negotiate terms that will now apply if/when you choose to initiate these programs:

  1. Under our previous contract, we could use 15 days of our own accrued sick leave to provide care for our family members. We can now also use up to 60 sick days for family care AND child bonding during an FMLA or NJFLA leave of absence.
  2. When you wish to utilize FMLA or NJFLA, your sick days will automatically be used simultaneously with each day of your FMLA or NJFLA leave.
  3. We are NOT required to initiate FMLA or NJFLA protection to use our accrued sick time for our own medical condition, or for the first 15 days of caring for family.

What is new about telecommuting?
We previously had no written procedures in our contract for telecommuting. As a result, there were inconsistencies across the university about who could telecommute and how it was administered and approved.  Some managers made unofficial arrangements, and some said they could not grant telecommuting until the union contract allowed it.  Our new Agreement essentially provides the same policy for URA members who wish to telecommute as for non-union staff.  Like the University policy, the new contract article will apply only to FLSA “Exempt” titles.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Running In The Red

Union standoff
Unions have been in a tense standoff with the school over contract negotiations, and they have turned some of their fire on the athletic department’s finances.

The mission of the university, as I understand it, it is not to create a fine athletic institution. It is to create a fine academic institution,” said Christine O’Connell, president of the Union of Rutgers Administrators.

What I do appreciate in the report is that the athletic department is going to make significant investments in the academic success of the 600 student athletes. But we have to be concerned about the other 69,000 students and how they’re going to be able to afford to attend this institution,” said David Hughes, vice president of the Rutgers University Faculty Union.

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