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Arbitrator award to AUPE Local 39

Nov. 12, 2020

Overview

An arbitrator granted the members of AUPE within eight Alberta post-secondary institutions a 1% general wage increase. The increase is based on the 2019/20 salary table and retroactive to July 1, 2019. The increase applies to currently active SAIT employees and non-active employees — those who left or retired after July 1, 2019.

SAIT’s Employee Services team is working quickly to implement the new adjusted salaries for active employees, and to provide lump-sum payments for the retroactive pay to active and non-active employees. This work will be done in a staged fashion over the next several weeks and months.

You can read the press release on the arbitration and award.

Non-active employees must contact SAIT by Feb. 28, 2021, to initiate the process — see definitions and details below.

Definitions

Active employees:

  • current SAIT employees
  • current SAIT employees on temporary layoff
  • current SAIT employees on maternity leave or unpaid leave
  • employees on long-term disability

Non-active employees:

  • an individual who chose to leave
  • an individual who was released from SAIT
  • an individual who retired from SAIT

General wage increase: A general wage increase applies to an individual’s regular calculated salary. It excludes compensation paid for overtime, shift premiums and wage-replacement benefits such as long-term disability.

Pensionable: Salaries and payments that qualify for pension contributions by the employee and employer. Salary increases are pensionable. Lump-sum payments for active employees are pensionable. Lump-sum payments for inactive employees are not pensionable. If pensionable, SAIT has automatically taken the applicable LAPP contributions from the salary or lump sum.

Timeline
Dec. 1, 2020 Adjustment of salaries to new rate for active SAIT employees (issues on Tuesday, Dec. 15 paycheque.
Dec. 30, 2020 Retroactive payments to active SAIT employees
Feb. 28, 2021 Due date for non-active employees to confirm contact information to be eligible*
March 31, 2021 Retroactive payment to non-active employees

*If you are a non-active employee by definition, you must initiate the process by confirming your contact information on mySAIT by Feb. 28, 2021. Once you have checked your current contact information, click this link to confirm it is correct or to submit updates.

FAQs

What time period does the increase cover?
The general wage increase is retroactive to July 1, 2019. 
If I no longer work at SAIT but worked there after July 1, 2019, do I qualify and do I need to do anything?

Yes, you qualify. However, to initiate the claim, you must verify your contact information with SAIT by Feb. 28, 2021. Only those who contact SAIT to either confirm their contact information or to provide updated contact information will be eligible for the payment.

SAIT is sending notices to the last known email address on file. Do not assume our email is confirmation of payment —  you must initiate the process by confirming your contact information on mySAIT.

Once you have checked your current contact information, click this link to confirm it is correct or  to submit updates.  

Will the retroactive pay affect my 2019 tax return?
Yes, SAIT will issue an updated T4. Active employees can check their employee profile on mySAIT to download the form in early 2021. Previous year T4's for non-active employees are not impacted. Non-active employees will receive a 2021 T4 for the retro payment.
What is pensionable as part of this increase?
Pensionable is defined as salaries and payments that qualify for pension contributions by the employee and employer. Salary increases are pensionable. Lump-sum payments for active employees are pensionable. Lump-sum payments for inactive employees are not pensionable. If pensionable, SAIT has automatically taken the applicable LAPP contributions from the salary or lump-sum.
I am on long-term disability (LTD). Does my new salary or lump sum include the time I have been on LTD?
No, it does not. The time you are on LTD does not count towards your lump sum or pay while on LTD. Your 1% increase would begin when you return to work.
I am a non-active employee who has confirmed their contact information. Can I get my payment sooner than March 2021?
We are processing all non-active employee payments at the same time, which we anticipate to be early March 2021.

Note: SAIT is closed between Dec. 25, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021, reopening Jan. 4, 2021 — email during that time will not be monitored.

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