When are we going to get a pay raise?
The CSUEU contract describes general compensation in Article 20. Pay for specific classifications is available at the Chancellor's web site. The contract lists any General Salary Increase (GSI) and any step increases (SSI). The CSU has not funded GSI or SSI since 2007 which has led to stagnant pay for staff employees. GSI and SSI can only be increased through negotiations and the willingness and ability of the employer to fund them.
Is there any other way to get a raise or get to the top of the pay range?
The union contract provides for campus increases which are not tied to the systemwide increases. These increases are permanent (In-Range Progression, reclassification, In-Class Progression) or temporary (lead stipends, project stipends, on-call pay, bonuses and reassignment).
- Permanent Increases
- In-Range Progression - Movement within your current pay range based on enhanced skills, retention, equity, performance, new and permanent lead work, or other criteria (see 20.40).
- In-Class Progression - Movement between skill levels of the same classification based upon permanent assignment of higher skill level responsibilities (see 9.25).
- Reclassification - Promotion to a new classification based upon permanent assignment of higher skill level responsibilities in a different classification or recruitment into a posted higher-level position (see 9.26).
- Temporary Increases
- Reassignment - Basically the same as In-Class Progression or reclass but on a temporary basis (see 17.4).
- Stipends - Employees are paid stipends if they are temporarily assigned lead duties for other employees (including students and foundation employees) or project coordination or are required to be on-call (see 20.42).
- Bonuses - A lump sum payment for performance on an individual or group basis, recruitment, retention, or critical skills (see 20.38).
Should employees get to the top of the pay range?
Prior to 1996, all employees were expected to reach the top of the pay range through annual step increases. This 100% became only 1% when steps were unilaterally eliminated by the CSU Chancellorís Office in bargaining. Restoration of the step system and funding is a major goal for union negotiators.
What is the process for an IRP?
Procedures for the campus are posted on the Human Resources web page. Either employees or supervisors may request an IRP for an employee. There are two requirements - merit and funding.Merit is based on the criteria listed in 20.40. Some suggestions for proving merit:
- Enhanced skills - Documentation of training or new higher-skilled assignments that are now a pat of your regular job duties. This may also be documented in your performance evaluation.
- Retention - Other job offers or job postings by other employers which show higher pay for similar duties.
- Performance - Consistently high scores on performance evaluations, letters of commendation and thanks, documentation of a project well done.
- New lead duties - Documentation of new employees (including students and foundation employees) who are assigned to someone who has not had lead duties before.
- Project coordination - Documentation of new projects which require special attention or effort.
- Equity - This is determined by Human Resources and is based on whether you are paid substantially less than other employees in your classification with your same service history.
Funding is based on available funds in the department or unit. There are no campus funds specifically devoted to In-Range Progression.
What about bonuses?
The criteria for In-Range Progression are almost the same for bonuses. The same documentation would be useful. If the reasons for the increase involve permanent changes, then the employee should request IRP; if the reasons are short-term, then bonuses are appropriate.
What about reclassification and In-Class Progression?
Reclassification and In-Class Progression use the same process. An employee requests a reclassification review and a classifier in Human Resources reviews the current position. The classifier is expected to review the assigned duties against the duties listed in statewide classification standards to determine the correct classification for the duties.
Unlike IRP and bonuses, reclassification and In-Class Progression are not discretionary. If an employee is working out-of-class on a permanent basis, then the employee must be reclassified or the duties must be removed.
What can be done to improve employee career advancement?
On the statewide level, we must all work for a contract that restores step increases and provides cost of living increases. On the local level, we can encourage the Campus President to set aside funds for IRP and bonuses in the campus budget and work with Human Resources to create objective and transparent procedures for reclassification and In-Class Progression. The most important element in all of these is an educated and active work force.
Who should I contact if I need more information or help on work issues?
If you do not find the answer to your specific question, send an email to the Stewards
list and someone will contact you.
Labor Relations Representative: Brian Young (619-426-4306 work)