HPAE Rutgers Update: Payroll migration & hold back week

HPAE 5094, 5135 and 5089 have come to an agreement with Rutgers on how our members will be paid for the “hold back” week created by Rutgers payroll migration. Originally Rutgers wanted to hang on to your week’s pay until you separated your employment with them. Instead you will now get your “hold back” pay as follows: two (2) days pay in the first pay period of March 2017; three (3) days pay in the second full pay period of July 2017. The July 2017 days will be paid out at the new rates, incorporating the 2.25% increase that kicks in on July 1st of 2017.

While we are happy to announce the conclusion of our “hold back” dispute with Rutgers, this does not represent an end to all the issues generated by the payroll migration and your Local Unions continue to receive reports of payroll errors. We have notified Rutgers Labor Relations of all issues that have been reported to us and have also filed a class action grievance on behalf of all bargaining unit employees at Rutgers over the multitude of payroll errors and resulting unpaid wages. The Step II Grievance Hearing is scheduled for January 19th.

If you have experienced a payroll error resulting in missing regular pay, overtime pay, shift or charge nurse differentials, and/or mileage reimbursement, please contact the University helpline at 848-932-3888. Make sure to get a tracking number from the helpline. In addition, notify your HPAE Rep, fill out the HPAE Payroll Issue Tracking Form, and fax it, along with your corresponding pay-stubs and helpline tracking number to HPAE.

5135 RN’s Only

Also, by now HPAE Local 5135 bargaining unit employees should have received their 2016 raise. If you are a member of 5135 and did not receive the raise and/or retro payment, please notify your Staff Representative, Bryan Nelson, immediately by emailing bnelson@hpae.org. Include the HPAE Payroll Issue Tracking Form and fax it, along with your pay-stub, to HPAE. The raise schedule is a follows:

  • If you are a nurse on the RB scale you should have received a 1% wage increase. In addition, if you were hired prior to October 1, 2016 and you were credited with an additional year of accrued experience as of October 2016, you should have been moved up one step on the wage scale. (Part-time nurses must work two full years in order to receive one step). Or, if you were on the top step as of October 1, 2016, you should have receive a $1,000 lump sum payment (pro-rated for part-time nurses).
  • If you are a nurse on the RH scale, you should have received a 1% increase. Also you may apply anytime to transfer to the RB scale.
  • If you are a per diem staff nurse, you should have received a 1% increase.
  • If you are Advanced Practice Nurse, you should have receive a 2% increase

In unity,

Tom Murphy, Co-President, Local 5094
Alexis Rean-Walker, Co-President, Local 5094
Sabrina Brown Oliver, President, Local 5135
Makida Burr, Grievance Chair, Local 5089