Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Vacation Caps and Overtime

Some of the changes negotiated in the contract will take place a little later than planned. As with the raise and retro, these dates are not guaranteed, but HR Operations has given us their intended schedule:

Vacation Cap Lowered and Excess Paid Out
  • 320 hours to 280 hours: March 13, 2015 paycheck (originally scheduled "on or after 11/1/14")
  • 280 hours to 240 hours: July 3, 2015 paycheck (originally scheduled 4/1/15)
Overtime Rules Change for Mon-Fri, day-shift-only departments
  • February 13, 2015 paycheck (originally scheduled for 1/1/2015). No change for departments with weekend shifts, evening shifts or night shifts.

Below are the contract sections about Vacation Cap Payout and about Overtime. 
Click here for the complete contract language.
Contract Language on Vacation Cap Payout (p.26)
"Vacation accrual caps will be reduced from 320 hours to 280 hours on or after 11/1/14, and then to 240 hours on 4/1/15. Employees with vacation accruals above the cap will be paid the hours in excess of the cap at their current rate of pay. 
Employees who request vacation time with proper notice, are denied the time, and then exceed their cap, will be paid the value of the time that they would have accrued had the request been granted."
Contract Language on Overtime Rules Change (p. 24)
"Monday-Friday, day-shift-only departments:
Employees in these departments shall be compensated at the rate of time and one-half their regular rate of pay for authorized overtime work performed in excess of forty (40) hours per week. Effective 1/1/2015, if sick leave, vacation time, holiday compensatory time or personal time is used in the same work week, it shall not be considered as time worked for the purposes of calculating overtime compensation. Holidays shall be considered time worked for the purpose of calculating overtime compensation. 
It is the intention of the parties that employees in these departments should not generally be forced to work overtime. If a particular department requires the use of forced overtime, the parties will meet to discuss the matter."

Friday, December 5, 2014

SHARE Executive Board and Area Reps

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 SHARE Leaders!

Executive Board
Sherry Nguyen, DES - Co-President
Dianne Williams, Psychiatry - Co-President
Kathy Bateman, Pathology - Treasurer
Holly St. Jean, Psych CCU - Secretary
Christopher Barry, Animal Medicine - At-large Executive Board Member
Matt Gurinian, CCU - At-large Executive Board Member
Valerie Mount, Animal Medicine - At-large Executive Board Member
Yarelis Velez, DES-OH, - At-large Executive Board Member

Area Reps
Tammy Brailey, MaPS - Main Campus
Karen Lekas, Biochem & Molec Pharm - Main Campus
Tina Pierce, Office of Undergrad Med Ed - Main Campus
Belinda O'Brien, DES-OH - South Street
Christine Carrion, Dept Comm Svcs - South Street
Erika Rios, DES-OH - South Street
Dana Gurry, Medicare Appeals - South Street
Stephanie Therrien, Medicare Appeals - South Street
Virginia Bombard, Estate Recovery - South Street
Trisha Fortin, Clinical Pharmacy Services - South Street
Lidia Miranda, DES - South Street
A. J. Iaconi, CCU
Sean Martin, CCU
Amanda Elinoff, Psychiatry- Offsites

An Area Rep keeps in touch with up to fifty co-workers in their area, helping to make sure that members' questions are answered and their opinions and concerns are heard. If you would like to be involved, please let us know - extra volunteers are always welcome.

Executive Board members help keep in touch with co-workers in their area too, but they also meet monthly about what is going on in the whole union, make decisions about issues facing the union, and participate in contract negotiations when they are happening.


The Retro payments for the 2013 and 2014 raises have been paid in this week's check. Many thanks to HR Operations for all their hard work.

The November 7 paycheck, which first showed the new higher rates, covered the pay period from October 19 to November 1. So the retro is for everything before October 19:
  • 1st raise                 x   hours paid June 30, 2013 - June 28, 2014; PLUS
  • 1st and 2nd raise   x   hours paid June 29, 2014 - October 18, 2014
We have had a number of calls and emails from members with questions about their retro calculation. We are working to get more information so that we can help answer questions.