This is a special bulletin sent to Building Reps on December 1:
We are receiving many questions about the paychecks, so we are sending a message to clarify frequently asked questions to assist you.
All updated grids can be found on the BTU website: btu.org/contracts
Please forward this information to your staff.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is the difference between Group 1, Group 2, and Schedule A?
If you are in a traditional school that has gone to the 40-minute ELT as a result of the 2015 agreement, your grid is Schedule A. The additional compensation is retirement worthy. The additional compensation is NOT a stipend, it is the new base pay.
Group 2 is only for a handful of teachers grandfathered in from previous contracts (they all know who know who they are). All others are in Group 1.
** Please note, however, that this is the base pay for all teachers, but if you are in a Pilot, Innovation, Horace Mann Charter. or other non-traditional school, your paycheck will vary based on the additional compensation and extra hours that your school may have.
2) What is the hourly rate for paras?
Please note that the original grid sent out via Tuesday, November 28’s Bulletin was for the 21-week pay, which has the actual hourly rates for paraprofessionals. The 26-week grid was specifically for the Dever only, which is on a different grid due to their Level 5 status. Building Reps were then sent an addendum with a link to the website with ALL of the correct grids a few hours later, but clearly, there was still confusion about this, as many did not notice it said Dever, specifically.
See the correct 26 pay period grid. Again, these are prorated rates for 26 pay periods, NOT the hourly rates for paraprofessionals, which are found on the 21 pay period grid.
3) If someone retired after last year or is on leave, do they get retro pay and when?
Yes, retro pay for everyone will be distributed sometime in January (according to BPS and the city — which means it may be early February). If you are no longer a BPS employees, you will be mailed a paper check the same day that in-service employees receive their retro pay. The retro pay is 2% for last year and 3% from this school year up to this pay period.
4) Are there exceptions to pay raises on December 1?
Yes, teachers electing to receive pay for 22 weeks will likely get their raise in the next paycheck on December 15.
ABAs will not receive their raises in paychecks until December 29 due to their implementation timeline.
5) If you think you have a mistake on your paycheck what can you do?
You can contact OHC directly at 617-635-9600
You can contact your respective Field Rep for assistance:
- Elementary: Michael McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secondary: Caren Carew at email@example.com
- Para/Sub: Colleen Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and have a great weekend,