Date: May 3, 2016

Bulletin Number: CU-536

Subject CUNY Retroactive Salary Rate Increases for Steamfitter and Steamfitter’s Helper


To explain the agency procedures for reporting rate increases and adjustments for miscellaneous earning.


CUNY employees in the titles of Steamfitter and Steamfitter’s Helper.
Background A Consent Determination has been entered and filed on March 21, 2016 between the Comptroller of the City of New York and the Steamfitters Local Union # 638 for retroactive raises for employees in the titles of Steamfitter and Steamfitter’s Helper. 

The Consent Determination covers the period September 13, 2009 through December 29, 2015.

The agreement provides for retroactive increases to the hourly rates effectiveSeptember 13, 2009, December 30, 2009, June 30, 2010, December 29, 2010, December 28, 2011, June 27, 2012, June 26, 2013, January 1, 2014, July 1, 2014, December 31, 2014 and July 1, 2015.

The revised rate chart and additional information are contained in a memorandum from Carmelo Batista, Jr. dated April 18, 2016.

Increases may be submitted in Pay Period 4C (Institution), paychecks dates May 26, 2016.  Rate increases are effective September 13, 2009 through December 29, 2015.

Agency Actions Reporting the Rate Increases

To ensure all Job Action requests are submitted for each employee, the agency must submit requests in effective date order from oldest date to current date.  For example, if appropriate, submit the 09/13/09 Pay Change, followed by the 12/30/09 Pay Change. 

To increase the hourly rate(s), the agency must submit the following requests regardless of the employee’s status:

  • For all rate increases, request a Pay Change with the Action/Reason of Pay Rt Chg/CRT (Pay Rate Change/Change Rate) on the Job Acton Request page using the effective date of the appropriate increase, and submit the new hourly rate.
  • A separate request must be made for each subsequent row that exists on the employee’s Job Data page.

Reporting Retroactive Adjustment for All Miscellaneous Earnings

The agency must calculate and report the retroactive adjustment for certain skilled trade miscellaneous earnings.

The Earnings Code AJR must be used to report the combined retroactive adjustment for all miscellaneous earnings.  The agency must provide an explanation of the adjustment in the General Comments page or on a separate worksheet.  If the agency uses a worksheet, the worksheet must be received in OSC’s Audit Section the Pay Period before the retroactive increases take effect in Pay Period 4C.  This will allow the Audit staff at OSC time to review the retroactive transactions.

The Earnings Code AJR must be reported as follows:

Earnings Begin Date:

Enter the first date to be adjusted.

Earnings End Date:

Enter the last date to be adjusted.

Earnings Code:

Enter AJR.


Enter the total amount of the adjustment.

OSC Actions

Processing Automatic Retroactive Adjustments

Provided the agency appropriately submits the applicable increases, OSC will automatically process the retroactive adjustments for all regular hours, RGH, and miscellaneous earnings, LSL, LT3 and PLB, paid to an employee regardless of the employee’s status.  The agency should refer to the AJR procedure above to submit retroactive adjustments for all other miscellaneous earnings.

Deduction Information for Inactive Employees All general deductions for employees whose Payroll Status is Terminated, Retired or Deceased will be automatically cancelled by OSC with the exception of the following:




Strike/Discip Fine


CUNY Disciplinary Fine


Repay State Loans/Debt


Higher Ed Repay State Loan


HC Flexible Spending


CUNY Medicare Deficiency Flat Rate


CUNY Social Security Deficiency Flat Rate


CUNY SS/Med Deficiency




TIAA Before Tax Arrears


TIAA After Tax Arrears

Tax Information These monies are taxable income, will be included in the employee’s taxable gross and are subject to all employment taxes and income taxes.

Payroll Register and Employee’s Paycheck/Advice All retroactive adjustments will be displayed on the Payroll Register using the appropriate earnings code and the associated amount.  The description of each earnings code and the associated amount will appear on the employee’s paycheck stub or direct deposit advice unless there are more than 13 earnings codes.  For these employees, agencies should utilize Locked Query #49 to identify a complete list of all regular earnings and retroactive adjustments.

Undeliverable Checks If the agency has made an effort to deliver the check to the employee but the check has been returned and is undeliverable, the agency should forward the check to the NYS Department of Tax and Finance, Division of Treasury, per instructions in Payroll Bulletin No. 908.

Checks issued to eligible employees who are now deceased should be returned with a completed Next of Kin Affidavit (Form AC 934-P), original death certificate and a Report of Check Exchange (Form AC 1476-P).  If a Next of Kin Affidavit has been previously submitted for a deceased employee’s payroll check, OSC will accept a photocopy of this form along with a new Report of Check Exchange.

Questions Questions regarding transactions may be emailed to the Payroll Earnings mailbox.