This case involved two separate issues.
1) The current MGEC contract provided for Employees in Ranges 1 & 4 to switch from annual progression steps to steps every six months. At issue was implementation of when employees were due their next steps once the contract became effective. MGEC believed that any employees in those pay ranges whose last step increase was six months or more in the past deserved the increase on May 18, 2020, because more than six months had passed since their last progression. The employer denied that interpretation and claimed that they must wait six months after the new language went into effect to be eligible for the next step. Contrary to evidence and testimony provided by MGEC, the arbitrator sided with the state on this point.
2) The employer can require employees to enter a code on their timesheet to claim the Supervisory Pay Differential and employees who were eligible for such pay but did not receive it back to May 18th may request it retroactively.
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