The PLP program details are posted on the website.
We have received emails asking why deductions of union dues did not go down to correspond with our reduced pay in July 2020.
Please note that nothing has changed in the way the dues are calculated. The amount deducted in July 2020 is the same as the amount deducted in June 2020. This is because our salaries have not changed. What we see in our pay stubs is not our salary rate. Your pension and other amounts computed on your salary rate is based on your salary as of June 2020. The Informational Bulletin from Cal HR (IB-2020-HR-019 PLP 2020 AFSCME) explains that our salaries have NOT changed. Therefore pension deductions and union dues deductions have not changed.
The PLP program implemented the crediting of 16 hours PLP time for the 9.23% that the state needed to save, due to the budgetary crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
What it did was as follows:
- 9.23% was taken off our gross pay per the pay stub
- We did not pay the 3% prefunding for July 2020 but got it in our taxable gross (our take home pay). Everyone saw a 3% extra from our taxable gross, after deducting the 9.23%.
- Union dues are taken off by the State Controller and as our salary rates were not changed by the PLP program the SAME amount was taken for union dues in July 2020 as for June 2020.
Please be informed that the number shown as Gross Pay in our pay stubs is NOT our official salary rate. We agree this is very confusing. You can verify that with your HR specialist. As per the IB, our salary rate has NOT changed.
If you have further questions, or require further clarification, please feel free to reach out to your stewards at your facility/region or any of the executive board members. Contact details are on the website. Also, we will be holding a townhall meeting at 7 p.m. on August 13, 2020 to address remaining questions. Details have already been sent out.