Cost of Living Increases, Retro Payments will be processed simultaneously; paychecks issues with a check date of Friday, December 22

Due to the Legislature’s recent enactment and Governor’s signature of the Closeout Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Year 2023, the Office of the Comptroller will process collectively bargained cost-of-living adjustments and retro payments simultaneously in the pay period ending December 16. Commonwealth of Massachusetts employees will receive checks dated Friday, December 22. Retroactive payments for any additional percentage step increases above the 4% salary increases will be processed in January 2024.

APA Agreement Update

Dear APA Members:

Today the Board of Higher Education informed the APA that the 2017-2020 APA agreement, which was ratified by the Association on May 10th, has been deemed by the Office of Employee Relations (OER) to exceed the financial parameters provided by the Governor for bargaining.  As you may recall, the Governor authorized the Board of Higher Education to settle contracts with raises equal to 2% per year. OER has informed the Board of Higher Ed that, in their view, the APA Agreement exceeds these parameters because, in addition to the 2% per year raises, the contract includes additional cost items such as an increase in the clothing allowance for University Police Officers and an increase in the Cruise stipends for the Mass Maritime Academy.  These stipends have always (historically) been addressed outside of the financial parameters offered by Administration.

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