2015-17 SEIU 1199NW Contract Pay Increases and Premium Pay Changes Effective February 1, 2016

Last updated: July 12, 2016.

February 12, 2016
HR Administrators and Managers
HR Department Staff
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UW Human Resources Compensation
2015-17 SEIU 1199NW Contract Pay Increases and Premium Pay Changes
Effective February 1, 2016

This communication provides information about centrally implemented pay increases and premium pay changes for SEIU 1199NW contract classified staff effective prospectively as of February 1, 2016. It also contains information for you and your staff regarding any classified staff pay changes that need to be input manually. There are NO retroactive increases as part of this agreement.

The negotiated increases effective February 1, 2016 that are a part of this agreement have been made centrally either through across-the-board pay table adjustment or individual job classification range adjustment. You do not have to input these changes on monthly-paid employees in most cases.

Pay Table Adjustments

As part of the negotiated agreement, three pay tables (BQ, BR, and BW) have been adjusted by 3% across the board. This means that each step of each pay range has increased approximately 3%. You do not have to input changes for classifications residing on these pay tables because the increases have been made centrally via an adjustment to the pay tables. Compensation’s website will be updated soon, but in the interim, please click here for a copy of the February 1, 2016 version of these pay tables:

Range Adjustments

Increases of 3% for jobs not on pay table BQ, BR, or BW were implemented as a 3-range adjustment. Until the HR Compensation Office’s site is updated, you can find the new pay rates for all the remaining SEIU 1199NW job classes at the following link:

Premium Pay Changes

The negotiated agreement authorized the creation of one new premium effective February 1, 2016.

New earnings type SWL – Social Worker License Pay was created to provide a premium in the amount of one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per hour available to all Social Workers (in job class 8944 only) who are licensed by the state of Washington as Advanced Social Worker or Independent Clinical Social Worker. Please note that by agreement with SEIU 1199NW, the job classes Social Worker 1 and Social Worker 2 are being combined into one job class, Social Worker, under job code 8944.

OFF-Step Report

In addition to the items mentioned above, HR Compensation is providing the OFF Step Report which lists represented SEIU 1199NW contract classified staff whose salaries cannot be changed centrally because they are OFF step. Manual changes will be made as appropriate for employees on the OFF Step Report. NOTE: This report is sorted by major organization name and appointing department name and includes data for all major organizations within the University of Washington. The OFF Step Report includes SEIU 1199NW contract classified staff who were OFF step as of January 15, 2016.

Please note that any employees placed on OFF step during the period January 16 – January 31, 2016 are not included in the OFF Step Report provided.

Adjustments for SEIU 1199NW contract classified staff on the OFF Step Report are NOT automatic and must be entered manually in the OPUS system. SEIU 1199NW contract classified staff who are OFF step and whose rate is above the new top incremental step are not eligible for the across-the-board adjustment if their salary is frozen (i.e., Y-rated or redlined). Adjustments for SEIU 1199NW contract classified staff on OFF step require coordination with your HR Operations unit or Compensation to determine if the monthly rate should be increased.

Temporary Hourly Employees

While there are no across-the-board wage changes for hourly paid SEIU 1199NW contract classified staff, they do need to be paid at least the minimum of the range for their job class.

After the February 25, 2016 payday, HR will notify departments if they have hourly paid SEIU 1199NW contract classified staff whose hourly rate was below the new minimum of the range. Departments will need to adjust the hourly rate for hourly employees whose pay falls below the new range minimum up to at least the new minimum hourly rate, with an effective date of February 1, 2016. Departments should identify below-range hourly paid employees and make the appropriate changes in time for them to be included in the February 25, 2016 payday.


Questions regarding these items should be directed to UW Human Resources Compensation by email at