A: No. If the RAs are already on a variable rate that puts their pay above the minimum step increase, then a pay increase is not mandatory. Departments have the option to pay above minimum, but are not required to give an increase at the time of candidacy in addition to the current stipend. The contract establishes minimums for pay, not maximums.
A: Yes. Step increases must be given to ASEs when they meet the qualification requirements for the next higher classification. Job Titles and Classifications- Article 14, Section 2
A: After contract ratification, ASEs must be placed in the job titles for which they qualify. This will result in some step increases, but the step increases will not be retroactive to any time before contract ratification.
A: Yes. ASEs must be appointed to the highest title and pay classification for which they are eligible based on job duties, degree standing and experience, as described in the contract. Job Titles and Classifications- Article 14, Sections 1 and 2
A: All departments will now be required to give step increases to eligible ASEs. The Graduate School is currently costing out the increases for budgetary purposes, and the new increases will be effective starting July 1. The step increases for those ASEs who should have already had them will be centrally funded, unless the ASE is paid from a grant or contract. Step increases in the future will not be centrally funded.
A: The step increase generally becomes effective at the beginning of the next quarter, however the department may award the increase earlier if it wishes.
A: The department should identify those student employees who are doing tutor work, move them into the tutor job title effective July 1, pay them in the tutor salary range.
A: An ASE should be appointed to the Pre doctoral Instructor classification when the ASE has had a previous appointment as an Assistant Professor or equivalent at the UW or elsewhere.
A: An ASE should be appointed to the Pre doctoral Lecturer classification when the ASE has achieved candidacy and is teaching his or her own class (i.e. where the ASE has control over course content and presentation).
A: This is currently under discussion with the Graduate school.
A: No. Student Assistants aren't covered under the contract- only the job titles and classifications listed in the contract are included in the bargaining unit. However administrators should review their student employees job duties and make sure that they're classified appropriately.
For example, some units have used the Student Assistant title for students doing Readers, Graders or Tutors work. Students workers should be assigned to the job classification that accurately reflect their work so that they can be properly included or excluded from the bargaining unit.
An overview of the new UW-UAW contract provisions can be found on the UW Graduate School website.