Why am I receiving this Emergency Pay settlement money? CSUEU filed an unfair labor charge in 2020 because the CSU instituted its own Emergency Pay policy that was different from the one in the collective bargaining agreement. The University started and stopped the Emergency Pay policy without negotiating with our Union. The parties reached a $5 million settlement and the award was divided amongst Exempt employees who physically worked on campus ($500,000) and Non-Exempt employees who physically worked on campus ($4,500,000). The award amounts for Non-Exempt employees are based on the hours worked on campus between March and May of 2020. CSUEU members overwhelmingly voted to accept this settlement in December 2021. Why didn’t I receive anything? Either you did not physically work on campus during the time covered in the settlement, were not employed as of Dec. 13, 2021, or your manager did not record you as having physically worked on campus. Exempt employees who physically worked on campus had to fill out a personal attestation stating that they physically worked on campus in the 30-day-window after the ratification of the agreement. Payment for Non-Exempt (hourly) employees was based on overtime payroll records for the time period in question. I physically worked on campus. Why didn’t I receive anything? If you’re Exempt, it’s possible that you either did not fill out an attestation, did not fill out an attestation completely, or were not employed as of the signing of the agreement on Dec. 13, 2021. For Non-Exempt employees, we relied solely on overtime records. If your manager did not approve your hours that were physically worked as overtime/Emergency Pay, they would not be included in the overtime calculations. Additionally, if you were not employed (you retired or left he University and came back) as of Dec. 13, 2021 you would not qualify. Why Is My Check Smaller Than I Anticipated? Some people only had a few hours of in-person work recorded for the time period in question. For people who had a few hours recorded, their settlement check is small when compared to people who worked hundreds of hours on campus between March and May 2020. Additionally, taxes were assessed as required for overtime and premium pay. In many cases the additional taxes are returned when state income taxes are filed. Can we fix the Emergency Pay problem? We have an opportunity at the bargaining table to address items within the collective bargaining agreement during negotiations with the CSU. This is an item of great interest to both CSUEU and the CSU. Why didn’t I receive something for the rest of the pandemic? A settlement is not a perfect arrangement. It’s a compromise between two sides with different points of view. Both sides believed strongly about the merits of our arguments, but in the end we had to put constraints on the period of time we were dealing with. The issue needs to be solved at the bargaining table during full contract negotiations for a long-term solution. Our objective is to have a clear policy covering Emergency Pay to prevent the CSU from taking unilateral actions in the future.