Q: If I am already giving ASEs in my department a salary
increase greater than what the contract requires, do
I need to give them the contractual increase in addition?
A: No. The contractual increase is intended as a minimum increase. Departments
can give a greater increase at their discretion.
Q: If there's no service expectancy required of
a student receiving financial support, and the student
is excluded from the bargaining unit, are we required
to increase stipends?
A: No. Any stipend increase would be at the discretion of the department.
Q: The contract states that ASEs are eligible to receive
automatic pay increases in accordance with the job title/classification
table. The table defines RA, Pre doctoral RA I and Pre
doctoral RA II as three successive appointment levels,
each requiring a 7.5% pay increase as the ASE advances.
Some of our Pre master RAs were started at the Pre doctoral
II level of pay with the expectation that they would
remain there. Does the contract require that we increase
their pay rate by 7.5% (if they're by now Postmaster)
or 15% (if now Candidate) in order to meet the successive
pay increase requirements?
A: No. ASEs can be started at a higher rate than they qualify for at
the department's discretion. There is no requirement that they be paid above
the Pre doctoral II rate as they achieve a higher degree status. They came
in at the top rate and stay there unless there is a general increase.
Q: What funding for wage increases will be provided
centrally, and what will need to come from the department?
A: The contractually agreed to July 1 increases for state-funded positions
will be centrally funded from the state budget. Grants and contracts
must pay their own increases.
Q: Where can I find pay ranges for ASE classifications?
A: Graduate student salary schedules are located at http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/salaries/salary-schedules.shtml.