Understanding your wage increases

York Payroll may not have successfully applied our gains made through bargaining and the arbitrator’s ruling in December 2018. This page has been put together to help members understand the retroactive wage increases that we received in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

There are survey links where relevant to help us track any issues and bring them to York at a Labour Management Committee meeting. If you have further issues please contact your Chief Steward.

Retroactive Wage Increases

Unit 1 members, did you receive your proper retro-active pay increase from the last round of bargaining?

In the last round of bargaining, Unit 1 members received the following wage gains:

For 2017–2018: wage increases of 2.1%
For 2018-2019: wage increases of 2.2%
For 2019-2020: wage increases of 2.3%

To see what these sections look like on your paystub check here.

How do I know if I was paid my retroactive wage increase?

As of last year, York no longer distributes paper pay stubs, so you will need to check your employee email, which you can do by following the instructions here, or you can sign in through HR Self Serve to access it as well.

How do I know if I received my proper wage increases?

Before the strike, from September 2016 to April 2017 the basic rate of pay for a full year TA’ship two, one-hour tutorials or, one two-hour tutorial, was $11,218* for 8 months.

*This amount will vary depending on specific member circumstances and contracts assigned by Faculty and Departments.  For example in the Sciences, many members have two, one-hour tutorials per semester but is classified as a 0.25 Teaching Assistantship rather than a 0.5 Teaching Assistantship as a result of the hours assigned and duties associated with this sort of TA.  Thus, the total basic rate of pay would be half and the wage increases would be adjusted accordingly.

After the strike, the arbitrator awarded union members a 2.1% wage increase for the 2017-2018 year.  This was an increase of $236 to the base wage rate ($11,218 X 0.021% = $236).  This made the new base wage rate for 2017-2018 about $11,454 for 8 months of TA work.

Since the arbitrator awarded the union this base rate increase in December 2018, York University payroll applied this retroactive base wage rate increase in the spring of 2019.

York Payroll should have applied this retroactive base wage increase of approximately $236 for 2017-2018 TA work in either February or March of 2019.  This retroactive base wage rate increase from 2017-2018 should have appeared on your pay stub as the following: Retro-Reg Earnings-CUPE 3903-1

What about the wage increase for the 2018-2019 calendar year?  When should I see that increase on my pay stub?

Since the arbitrator’s decision was finalized in December of 2018, York University payroll should have also applied the 2018-2019 retroactive base wage rate increase in the spring of 2019.

As of September 1, 2018, the basic rate of pay for one, one hour tutorial was $5,853.  Most ta’ships are comprised of two, one-hour tutorials or, one two-hour tutorial, and these are remunerated at the rate of $11,706.

Since the arbitrator awarded union members a 2.2% wage increase for the 2018-2019 year, this resulted in an increase of about $252 to the 2018-2019 base wage rate ($11,706 X 0.022% = $252). Thus, members should have received a total of $11,958 for 8 months of TA work in 2018-2019. This also should have been applied to your pay cheques in either February or March of 2019.

What do I do if I was not paid properly?

Please fill out the ‘Retroactive Wage Increase Discrepancy Survey’ that the Union has prepared to help us collect as much data as possible about the number of members who have not received their retroactive wage increases.