Date:May 2, 2007

Bulletin Number: CU-296


Retroactive Salary Rate Increases for Painters and Supervisor Painters

To explain the agency procedures for reporting rate increases and adjustments for miscellaneous earnings.

The rate increases are pursuant to the New York City Comptroller’s Consent Determination dated January 30, 2007.

The new rates and other information are contained in a memorandum from Carmelo Batista, Jr. dated February 28, 2007.

Affected Employees

CUNY employees in the title of Painter and Supervisor Painter.

Effective Date(s)

Rate increases are effective 9/1/02, 5/1/03, 5/1/04, 5/1/05, 9/1/05, 10/1/06 and 4/1/07.

Increases may be submitted in Pay Period 4C (Institution), paychecks dated 5/24/07.

Agency Actions

Reporting the Rate Increases

To increase the regular hourly rate(s), the agency must submit the following requests regardless of the employee’s status:

  • For all rate increases, request a Pay Change with the Action/Reason of Pay Rate Chg/CRT (Pay Rate Change/Change Rate) on the Job Action Request page, using the effective date of the appropriate increase, and submit the new hourly rate.
  • A separate request must be made for each of the rows that exist on the employee’s Job Data page.

Reporting Retroactive Adjustments for All Miscellaneous Earnings

The agency must calculate and report the retroactive adjustment for all miscellaneous earnings.  This includes, but is not limited to, adjustments for the Scaffolding, Spray Painting, Decorating, Fire Escape and Taping rates (earnings codes:  PT1, PT2, PT3, PT4, PT5, PT6, SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4, SP5, and SP6).

The Earnings Code AJR must be used to report the combined retroactive adjustment for all earnings. The agency must provide an explanation of the adjustment in the General Comments page or on a separate worksheet. If the agency uses a worksheet, the worksheet must be received in OSC’s Audit Section by the agency deadline for Pay Period 4C.

The Earnings Code AJR must be reported as follows:

Earnings Begin Date:

Enter the first date to be adjusted.

Earnings End Date:

Enter the last date to be adjusted.

Earnings Code:

Enter AJR.


Enter the total amount of the adjustment.

OSC Actions

Provided the agency appropriately submits the applicable increases, OSC will automatically process the retroactive adjustments for all regular hours paid to employees regardless of the employee’s status.

Automatic adjustments will not be calculated for miscellaneous earnings as noted under Agency Actions.

Revised Rate Chart
Revised rate chart reflecting the new rates and appropriate Earnings Codes.

Undeliverable Paychecks

Inactive employees may be eligible for a payment as a result of the salary adjustment. If the agency has made an effort to deliver the check to the employee but the check has been returned and is undeliverable, the agency should forward the check to the NYS Department of Tax and Finance, Division of Treasury, per instructions in Payroll Bulletin No. 456.

Checks issued to eligible employees who are now deceased should be returned with a completed Next of Kin Affidavit (Form AC 934-P) and a Report of Check Exchange (Form AC 1476-P).

For recipients of a previously deceased employee’s payroll checks where the Next of Kin Affidavit and Report of Check Exchange forms have been submitted, OSC will accept a photocopy of these forms to process the exchange.

Payroll Register and Employee's Paycheck/Advice
All retroactive adjustments will be displayed on the payroll register and the employee’s paycheck stub or direct deposit advice.

Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the University Manager of Payroll Systems and Operations at CUNY Central Office.