Contract Enforcement

June 21, 2019

PSU Fights for Fair Implementation of Retroactive Raises

By Liz Smith, PSU member

PSU has filed a grievance on behalf of 28 Amherst members who won pay raises through equity reviews or promotions after July 1, 2017 and did not receive their full retroactive pay for the 2017–2020 contract. Human resources prorated these employees’ retroactive raises by only giving them bi-weekly increases from the effective date of the negotiated raise through the date of their equity or promotional increase. For example, if an employee received an equity increase in October 2017, they only received three-months-worth, or one-quarter, of the FY 18 raise, resulting in the loss of more than $1,000. The incorrect calculation of retroactive pay also impacts salaries for the remainder of the contract since future contract raises are based on the wrong salary.

The university’s decision to withhold full increases in these situations has set back affected PSU members who fought for more equitable pay and/or received an increase due to significant changes in their responsibilities. Missing out on their full raises immediately put them below others at their new salary level.

PSU filed the grievance on the grounds of a contract violation and is working to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you received an equity or promotional increase after July 1, 2017 and believe your retroactive pay rate may have been impacted, please let PSU know by emailing psu@external.umass.edu or calling 413.545.4509.