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SCP Tips

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The performance evaluation or Staff Compensation Program for URA employees is now underway. Under the URA Agreement, all URA unit members as of January 1st, 2012 are eligible for evaluation and merit pay.  The pay will be distributed in October of 2012 to all members who remain employed in URA titles. Here are some tips to make the process work for you.

Do a self-appraisal: The SCP process provides three opportunities to present your own assessment of your performance.  First is the self-appraisal, which should be done before you meet with your supervisor.  The awkward March –to-March time period does not match either the academic or fiscal year.  Look back at your emails, files or calendar.  Make your own list of accomplishments for the year.  For example:  Did you whittle down a backlog?  Take on new tasks?  Improve a process?  Organize a successful event?  Learn a new system?

Pay attention to percentages:  Workloads change, but the total percentages of key duties should still be 100%.  So if one portion of your job grows, another needs to diminish.  Supervisors sometimes criticize performance when the real problem is that tasks have grown more complex or time-consuming.

Use the self-appraisal to correct the record: If your supervisor’s appraisal does not accurately describe your work, use your self-appraisal a second time by adding to the evaluation form when you sign it. This information must go forward to the next level of management. Once the evaluation process is complete, and you receive
notification of your raise, you still have the chance to appeal the result; the third use for your self-appraisal.

Complete the evaluation form: If you have received a completed evaluation form, signed by your supervisor, you should sign it.  You should only refuse to sign if you are given an incomplete form.  Your signature shows that you have received and read the form, not that you agree.

Retro-Pay Calculator

Please click this link to the retro pay calculator that we have created to assist you in determining your new salary/bi-weekly payment.  Note that there are two sections — the top (For Unit Members Prior to 4/1/11) are entitled to receive the first retro of 2.25%; the bottom (For New Unit Members after 3/31/11) only receive the second 2.25% retro of Feb. 1, 2012.

To use the calculator enter your bi-weekly pay in either A4 (unit members prior to 4/1/11) or A12 (new unit members after 3/31/11); the calculator will fill-in the other details.  For a standard outcome it is suggested that you put in a regular work week amount that does not include vacation, sick, other leave days, or overtime hours.

If the calculations are not correctly reflected in your March 16th paycheck please contact your department’s human resources liaison or Payroll at 732–445-3007.

Bonus Payments Corrected for Part-Time Members

Under the URA-AFT Agreement, members of our unit were to receive a $1000.00 bonus in the February 17 paycheck. This payment was not implemented fully for employees who work a partial work-week.

The problem was brought to a union representative by Cindy Braun, a Dining Hall Supervisor. The matter has been resolved speedily, and management has corrected the error without a need for any grievance hearing. The corrected bonus payments should have been found in the March 2 paycheck. Nearly $13,000 in additional bonus money was paid out to over 40 members.