2016 Classified RAF Economic Settlement

Dear Office/Technical Colleagues,
I am pleased to share with you the significant economic improvement we have negotiated for all classified staff effective January 1, 2016.  Please click here to cast your ratification vote on this package.
•  Salary schedule increase:  We have increased the percentage between salary steps H-I, I-J, J-K from the current 1.35% each to 3.50% each.   We then added an additional 5.722% across the board salary increase.  Both the current and new salary schedules are attached below for your review.
•  Educational Incentive program for Office/Technical employees was changed to allow movement up to Step I (increase of two steps from current Step G maximum).
•  Maximum initial placement salary step for Office/Technical new hires was changed from step B to step C.
•  One Office/Technical employee was upgraded from a 45% to a 50% position.
•  Expansion of early retirement health benefits:  We have now made this benefit available to all maintenance & operations and food services staff as well.  As a reminder, this benefit allows you to retire at age 55 and up with only 15 years of service and still receive fully paid health coverage until your 65th birthday.
•  Maintenance and Operations workers were moved to the same Classified salary schedule with Office/Technical and Food Service as food service workers were moved to last year.
If you have questions or concerns regarding any part of this package please consider attending one of the following site liaison meetings we will be holding next week:
Tuesday, December 8th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm Room LRC 208 (Second floor *Library*) Miramar College 
Wednesday, December 9th  1:00pm – 2:00pm  Room AH 509B   City College  
Thursday, December 10th      2:15-3:15pm  Room H-117/118     Mesa College
In addition, I will be holding open office hours at the AFT office on Friday, December 11th, from 11:00am – 5:00pm.  Please call 619-640-1155 to schedule an appointment if you would like to meet with me.
Pending ratification, this new salary increase will be reflected in your January 31st, 2016 paycheck.
Please click here to cast your ratification vote on this package.   The voting will close at 5:00pm next Friday, December 11th.  Your AFT Guild Executive Council strongly urges your “YES” vote on this package.
I wish you and your families a very warm and restful holiday season!
In Unity,
Jim Mahler, President
AFT Guild, Local 1931

San Diego & Grossmont-Cuyamaca

Community Colleges

Attached are the proposed and current salary schedules so you can make comparisons: