On December 22, some 641 of our bargaining unit members received an increase to their base salary, along with a retroactive payment of that increase to either July 1 (calendar year employees), August 22 (for adjuncts) or September 1 (academic year employees). These increases came from two provisions in our statewide Agreement: Discretionary Salary Increases (DSI), with which most of you are already familiar, and Equity/Compression money, which has been a new component since 2019 in our statewide Agreement.
The pool of money available for each type of increase is stipulated at .5% of the total UUP salary pool. The actual amounts distributed in the 2019 round were $239,741 for DSI, and $239,741 for Equity/Compression.
- 447 members received DSI, in amounts ranging from $110 to $1,400.
- 199 members received Equity/Compression adjustments, ranging from $12 to $4,147.
The new Equity/Compression amounts were calculated based on salary data, length of service, comparative salaries by rank/discipline, and other factors. The formula for this analysis was worked out cooperatively at the statewide level by SUNY Central and UUP over the past three years, starting with some valuable pre-existing models that had been developed at other campuses (such as Cortland), and adjusted each year it has been applied, based on member feedback and UUP statewide analysis. Campuses were permitted to apply only a few very tightly defined voluntary parameters in distributing this money; our New Paltz Administration elected to set a threshold of $2,500 (individuals had to be identified as >$2,500 compressed), and those individuals received 19.4735% of the total compression identified for them.
Click on this link to see the complete roster of New Paltz members with their DSI and/or equity/compression in the 2021 distribution.