Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.64
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date April 23, 2015
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State University of New York at Cortland
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.87 / 3.00 Nasrin Parvizi
Associate VP for Facilities Management
Facilities Management
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Number of employees:
1,432

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
1,364

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
143

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
143

A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

The majority of employees are considered as part of unions, the classified staff are CSEA, the professional staff and Faculties are UUP, and PEF. The University Police Staff are PBANYS. The upper administration are Management Confidential(MC).
The Auxiliary Services Corp. staff who service The Book store and Dining facilities are also unionized.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
1,364

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
143

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

We have different levels of employees with various bargaining units representing each group. The bargaining unit sets the minimum compensation standard and then it is up to the institution to set a specific rate of compensation. In no case can the institution go below the bargaining unit agreement. In all cases, SUNY Cortland goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of each bargaining unit. Below is an outline of SUNY Cortland’s approach to complying with a Sustainable Compensation standard in the following ways:
The classified staff consists of employees in the CSEA, NYSCOPBA, PEF, and PBANYS bargaining units. Salaries and salary increases for these employees are set by the bargaining unit agreement which establishes the campus’ formal compensation standard or threshold. A Living Wage Standard is included in the agreement.
The unclassified service consists of faculty, professionals, management/confidential, and graduate assistants.
Faculty – we conduct a regression analysis each year of our full-time faculty salaries, comparing their salaries with entry Assistant Professors within the specific discipline based on CUPA data. Years of service and time in rank are also part of the analysis which then results in a predicted salary for each faculty member. When possible, money was set aside from discretionary pools to correct inequities.
Professionals and Management/Confidential – SUNY System has a schedule of salary ranges assigned to each salary level within the professional staff and within the management/confidential levels. In addition to that, about eight years ago SUNY Cortland established a compensation plan within those ranges with the help of a consultant, Astron Corporation. Using position descriptions and salary surveys, positions were placed in job groups and years in title were used to establish predicted salaries. When possible, money was set aside discretionary pools to correct inequities. In 2014, we contracted with a new consultant, HR Performance Solutions, to again analyze our positions using position descriptions and salary surveys. The national index, SUNY peer institute and job description were the basis for this comparison.
Graduate Assistants – In the Fall of 2014, minimum and maximum salaries were established for campus Graduate Assistants.

+ Date Revised: June 25, 2015
+ Date Revised: July 6, 2015

A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

$12.83 per hour/$26,700 annual. With Health, Dental and vision insurance, Retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave. Tuition assistance, AD&D, etc.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

$12.83 per hour, and if greater than 50% FTE, full benefits, if less than 50% then no health, dental or medical, but may accrue vacation, sick and personal leave


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

$12.83 per hour, no benefits


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

Equivalent of $2615 per semester for a 3 credit hour course, retirement and sick leave eligibility. Must teach 2 course to be eligible for health


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

$8.75/hr, no benefits.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
8.75 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:
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