Frequently Asked Questions on Compensation Improvements
There’s a series of Facilities Fact Sheets on the website that should answer most of your questions about the tentative agreement covering HEU members in the facilities sector.
Here are a few additional questions that keep coming up on the general wage increase, special adjustments and other compensations improvements – along with some answers.
We’ll add more fact sheets and bulletins like this as needed – so check back occasionally.
Q: What do you mean by "compounded" and "not compounded"?
A: Compounded refers to the accumulated impact of year over year wage increases.
For example, annual general wage increases (GWI) in the tentative agreement are 1.5%, 2%, 2% and 2.7% for a total of 8.2% – but that’s not compounded.
If you apply the wage increase to a theoretical hourly wage – let’s call it $19 – each annual wage increase is calculated on top of (compounded on) the previously adjusted hourly wage.
That works out to a total increase of $1.61 or 8.5% over the term of the contract – compounded.
Check the printer-friendly version of this bulletin for a table that shows you the calculations.
Q: How are special adjustments calculated in relation to the GWI?
A: Special adjustments (SA) are calculated on top of the GWI in each year.
For example, LPNs will receive 1.5% on top of the GWI in each year of the contract.
That works out to a total – or compounded – increase of 15.1% (as opposed to 14.2% if you just added all the increases together).
Let’s use another example – a Pharmacy Tech II (PC15) – a classification in the group that receives an additional 1% in years 2, 3 and 4.
This classification earns a total increase of 11.7% over the term of the contract. This group also receives an additional lump sum amount in year one that does not affect the hourly wage.
Please see the printer-friendly version of this bulletin for tables that show these calculations.
Q: I see that there are increases to meal, call back and transportation allowances as well as to shift and weekend differentials. What are the increases?
A: The Meal Allowance increases by 71%; Night Shift Differential by 40%; Weekend Premiums by 33% and the Call Back/Transportation Allowance by 18%.
Q: Trades and Power Engineers are receiving special adjustments. Does that mean the $500 TQ premium will end in this contract?
A: No. In fact, it has been extended to include Power Engineers.