CWA Update on Back Pay Arbitration Award
On December 18, CWA Local President Donald Alire, Staff Representative Robin Gould, CWA attorney Richard Rosenblatt along with Attorneys Shane Youtz, Stephen Curtis and AFSCME National Staff economist and delegation from AFSCME Council 18 met with the State’s team to discuss and review the methodology for paying the back wages and establishing the new pay rate for those employees who were working in 2008 and are still employed by the State.
The first phase of this complicated process is to establish who is eligible to receive the increases that the state was contractually obligated to pay in the CWA contract in 2008. We received our first list from the state (which was combined with AFSCME’s bargaining unit) and have requested that we receive CWA’s split out.
Phase I will be implemented to “stop the bleeding.” Because of the ripple effect over the last five years, all of you that should have seen a raise will get that raise on your hourly rate of pay. This will depend on the difference between what you got from the State on July 1, 2009 and what you should have gotten as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that was in place in 2008.
We cannot be sure when this will happen as we are double-checking the State’s methodology on how they arrived at this. But we can tell you that we are impressed with the thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and professionalism of the team (kudos to Cabinet Secretary Ackley, Department of Information Technology).
We know you have been patiently waiting for over five years for this to occur. Rest assured this is going to happen. However, it will not happen before the end of this calendar year.
Phase II will involve the back pay payout.
We will keep you informed as the process moves forward.