SUNY Bulletin No. SU-303

SUNY Downstate Location Stipend for GSNU Employees Represented by the Communications Workers of America/Graduate Student Employees Union (CWA/GSEU)
Date Issued
March 2, 2021


The purpose of this bulletin is to provide agency instructions for processing the Downstate Location Stipend.

Affected Employees

Employees in the State University Graduate Student Negotiating Unit (GSNU) – BU28 who meet the eligibility criteria are affected.


Chapter 337 of the Laws of 2019, which implemented the 2019-2023 Agreement between the State of New York and the Communications Workers of America/Graduate Student Employees Union, provides for a location adjustment to employees whose work site is New York City, Suffolk, Nassau, Rockland, Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, or Orange county.

Each campus is allocated a portion of the Downstate Location Fund based on the number of employees in BU28 to be paid in Administration 1L. Employees who are part time (less than 50%) receive a prorated amount.

Processing Date(s)

The Downstate Location Stipend should be processed in Administration Pay Period 1L, paychecks dated 04/28/2021.

Eligibility Criteria

Employees who meet the following criteria on 04/14/2021 (Administration PP 1L Pay End Date) are eligible to receive the Downstate Location Stipend:

  • Bargaining Unit = 28
  • Salary Grade = 980
  • Pay Basis Code = BIW, FEE
  • Payroll Status = Active or Leave with Pay
  • Department = 28059, 28109, 28269, 28589

Agency Actions

Prior to processing, agencies must complete a roster identifying employees who will receive a Downstate Location Stipend and must include the payment amount. The roster must be forwarded to SUNY System Administration. A copy of this roster will be provided to OSC in an Excel format.

To pay the Downstate Location Stipend to eligible employees appearing on the approved roster, agencies must submit the following information on the Time Entry page or the Time Entry Interface (NPAY502) using Earnings Code LOS (or the appropriate non-resident alien earnings code – XLS, YLS, ZLS):

Earnings Begin Date: 04/01/2021
Earnings End Date: Same as the Earnings Begin Date
Earn Code: LOS (or XLS, YLS, ZLS)
Amount: Payment amount appearing on the approved roster

Miscellaneous Payment Information

The Downstate Location Stipend is pensionable but is not included in the calculation of overtime.

Tax Information

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

Payroll Register and Employee’s Paycheck/Advice

The Earnings Code LOS (or the appropriate non-resident alien earnings code) and the amount paid will be displayed on the Payroll Register. The Earnings Description Location Stipend (or the description for the appropriate non-resident alien earnings code) and the amount paid will appear on the employee’s paycheck stub or direct deposit advice.


Questions regarding eligibility for this payment may be directed to the SUNY System Administration.

Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Payroll Earnings mailbox.