Open Enrollment Ends October 31
Remember, Open Enrollment ends October 31st. Thanks to our win at the bargaining table last year, in addition to receiving our cost of living adjustment (COLA) 3 months early, full-time members who choose the least costly plan in their area will have their premium share reduced from 5% to 3%. Enroll for 2015 benefits the the PEBB website.
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Upcoming FREE Union Trainings
Leadership and Activism: Sat Nov 15th 9-4pm This training is a skill focused training—participants will learn and practice the communication skills necessary for effectively building a strong Union. It will focus on how to successfully organize around an issue in the workplace, how to discuss the ways politics impacts our work, and how to welcome new members to the Union.
Union 101: Sat Dec 6th 9-4pm In this training, participants will be grounded in the history of the Union movement and SEIU Local 503’s history. It will also explore the importance of people becoming involved and active in their Union and then introduce many different ways in which people can regularly engage in Union activities.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUS Classification Study FAQs
- Why is this class study happening? Why are many of the old classifications being combined into one new Classification?
For some years, union members have expressed concerns that the classification and compensation system is overly complex, does not create opportunities for upward advancement, and does not adequately compensate workers. In 2011 the union bargaining team proposed that OUS undertake a comprehensive study of its classification system. OUS agreed, and also agreed to study compensation levels. Please see the timeline of this process. One the goals for this process is to streamline the system and reduce the total number of classes. This means that some current classes will be folded into the same new class. Some workers, however, will see little change to their classification.
- How can we shape this process? What can I do to make sure that the new classification system is fair and works well for all classified staff, and for our students?
Our contract gives us the right to comment on the proposed class specs. You can do this at one of the special on-campus meetings being organized and via an online survey. Access the online survey here. The campus meeting schedule will be announced soon.
The union will combine all this feedback into a set of comments and those will be submitted to management. While OUS management is not legally or contractually required to act on our suggestions, they will most likely incorporate some of our suggested revisions into the final class specs. Union members will elect bargaining teams to assure that this process is carried out fairly. You will have many opportunities to help build the power the bargaining team needs. The comment period timetable is viewable here.
- What is my new classification going to be?
Current positions, and the workers in them, won’t be “allocated” (assigned) to a new classification until sometime in November 2015 to June 2016. After that, the union will bargain the pay rates for each classification. The new classifications and the pay assigned to them won’t actually become effective until January, 2018. Meanwhile, OUS has provided a preliminary mapping of current classifications to the proposed classifications. This document allows you to see what your new class might be, and you can view it here.
- If I get put into the wrong classification, is there anything I can do about it?
Yes. Next year the union will bargain an appeal process for workers who feel they have been placed in the wrong classification. The appeal process will be similar to the reclassification process which has been in our contract for many years. By the way, workers who believe they are currently in the wrong class can still use the current process until they are allocated to one of the new classifications. One of the ways you can help ensure you are reclassed correctly is by making sure your job description is up to date. See instructions for doing this here.
- What am I going to get out of this? Am I going to be paid more or less as a result of this?
At this point, it is too soon to say if most workers are going to wind up with higher pay as a result of all this. It is highly unlikely that anyone will be paid less. The new classification system is intended to create greater opportunities for upward advancement and a fairer compensation system. Working together, we can make sure that happens.
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