The timeline for implementation of the 3% raise and retropay articulated in our newly ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement: 1. The wage increase will be implemented for the pay cycle that has a pay date of March 16, 2018 2. Retropay going back to September 4, 2017 will also be included in the pay cycle dated March 16, 2018* 3. Longevity increases for those who qualify will be in the following pay period with a pay date of March 30, 2018. Definition of "Those Who Qualify" - members who had passed at least one longevity step under the old contract will receive the difference between the most recent step they passed and the increased step amount that we negotiated in the new contract. For example, if your most recent step increase was for 10 years you will receive a weekly increase of $3 because you received a $7 increase under the old contract and the new 10-year step increase is $10. *Please do not call or email the union office to complain about the tax consequences of having your retropay lumped in with your regular pay check. We cannot negotiate withholding taxes. At the end of the year your taxes are based on your annual income and the amount of your annual taxes will be the same regardless of how the retropay is implemented.
The ratification ballots were counted on Friday, January 26, 2018. UCATS members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tentative contract agreement we reached with NYU on December 5, 2017. That means the agreement is no longer tentative, it is the contract, and implementation can begin. At present, NYU is working out the technical details implementing the raise and the retropay. Most likely the raise can be implemented before the retropay because the 3% raise is the same for everyone, but the retropay will be different for everyone based on your grade, if you worked overtime, had unpaid time off, or make more than the base salary for your grade due to longevity increases. We will post the timeline as soon as it is announced.
Tentative Agreement Details
Click here for the email we sent to members and here for the summary of the Tentative Contract Agreement the link to which was in the body of the email. For details on the UHC High Deductible Health Plan and the UHC POS Value Plan that will go into effect in 2019, if members ratify the Tentative Agreement, CLICK HERE, but disregard the monthly premiums in effect for Administrators/Faculty. The 2018 deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums currently in effect for Administrators/Faculty will be in effect for UCATS members for the duration of the new contract. Deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums for the UHC Choice Plus Plan (the plan in which 70% of our members are currently enrolled) are not changing in the new contract and are less than what Administrators/Faculty pay. If you selected either the Oxford or Aetna HMO for calendar year 2018 during open enrollment, you will have that plan for calendar year 2018.
Tentative Agreement Reached
After a 7-and-a-half--hour bargaining session on Tuesday, December 4, that concluded at 9:45 pm, UCATS reached a tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with NYU. As per Article XI of the UCATS constitution, the tentative agreement must now be submitted to the UCATS Executive Council (EC) for approval. The EC will be meeting on Monday evening to consider the tentative agreement. If approved by the EC, the tentative CBA will then be submitted to the membership for ratification. The bargaining team is currently preparing a document aggregating all of the changes/additions/improvements we have negotiated which will be posted to our website as soon as possible after the EC has approved the tentative CBA on Monday. We will send you an email when that has occurred. We will also do a postcard mailing to the entire membership. In the meantime, please do not call the union office or press a member of the bargaining team for specifics on the issue(s) near and dear to you. While we respect your right to know, we also have to respect everyone's right to know at the same time and everyone's right to know the entirety of the agreement, and that can only happen efficiently after the EC has met on Monday. Ratification will be conducted by mail ballot and be administered by the American Arbitration Association. Given the timing, we hope to get the ballots into the mail before the holidays but the process will likely not conclude until January. Shortly, we will announce a number of membership meetings during the week of December 18 for you to have an opportunity to ask questions and express your opinions to the bargaining team. The meeting schedule will be announced by email, postcard and on our website. The meetings will be scheduled at different times and locations to accommodate the many schedules our members work and where you work. While our work is not quite yet finished, we have entered what we hope to be the final phase. On behalf of the bargaining team I want to thank all who attended our rallies, wore your union buttons and kept up to date by reading our email. Please hang in there just a little longer while we dot the i's and cross the t's. In solidarity, Stephen Rechner President, UCATS
Student Senators Support Letter
The Student Senators Council has sent a letter supporting UCATS effort to secure a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to NYU President Andrew Hamilton. To read the letter CLICK HERE.
2017 Contract Bargaining Survey