Date: October 14, 2016

Bulletin Number: CU-555

Subject CUNY Rate Increases for Auto Mechanic and Machinist

Purpose To provide agency instructions for processing the CUNY Rate Increases for Auto Mechanic and Machinist.

CUNY employees in the titles of Auto Mechanic and Machinist.
Background The rate increases are pursuant to a Consent Determination filed under Section 220 of the NYS Labor Law on November 9, 2015 between the Comptroller of the City of New York and the Local 246, S.E.I.U., AFL-CIO for retroactive raises for employees in the titles of Auto Mechanic (no employees), Auto Mechanic (CUNY) (five employees) and Machinist (no employees).  The agreement provided for a retroactive increase to the hourly rates effective May 31, 2010 to September 30, 2017.

The agreement provides for rate increase to the hourly rates effective 11/30/16. 

The revised rate chart and additional information are contained in a memorandum from Carmelo Batista, Jr., dated March 14, 2016.

Effective Date(s)

Increases may be submitted in Pay Period 18C (Institution) for paychecks dated December 8, 2016.  Rate increases are effective November 30, 2016.

Agency Actions Reporting the Rate Increases

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 Action 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.

Any Auto Mechanic and Machinist hired before August 1, 2006 will be paid the new salary rates.

Any Auto Mechanic and Machinist hired on or after August 1, 2006 will be paid a suppressed salary rate for two years.

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 and are subject to all employment taxes and income taxes.  The monies will be included in the employee’s taxable gross and will be reported on the employee’s Form W-2.

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.

Questions regarding Deductions may be directed to the Payroll Deduction mailbox.

Questions regarding Taxes should be directed to the Tax and Compliance mailbox.