Is my paycheck right?
Aug 10, 2005 1:28 AM
Don’t assume that delays and errors are normal. There are steps you can
take and, if necessary, ways to fight the system. And the UFT will show
you how. Here are some common situations:
You are not getting paid at all. First, make sure you have
a file number. Without one, you will not be placed on payroll. Then,
check with your school secretary if you are on payroll. It generally
takes one pay period (two weeks) to get a newly hired teacher on the
payroll. If you need an emergency check before a regular check arrives,
see your chapter leader for instructions.
You are not getting paid for a differential or prior service.
Remember that you must apply for these salary enhancements. So check
that you have sent in the appropriate application forms and all
required documentation. If your application is in, it will take a bit
of time to see the increase in your paycheck. But the increase should
not take inordinately long to get and, if your application was on time,
you should receive any retroactive money owed you.
Serious delays and foul-ups in getting paid correctly are fewer these
days because the UFT secured passage of a state law requiring the city
to pay you what you are due in a timely fashion or owe you 6 percent
interest on any late payments. As a result, a huge backlog of
applications for differentials and other salary enhancements — which
once went back several years — has been almost eliminated and the
foot-dragging has ceased.
If you think your paycheck is incorrect, see your school payroll
secretary and report the problem to your chapter leader. For further
help, call your UFT borough office and ask to speak to a salary
One more thing: Complete an Application for Salary Step Placement when
you start working if you are newly appointed and/or if you are claiming
salary credit for prior teaching experience. This form establishes your
correct starting work date, salary step and earnings. Make a copy for
your records of this and any other forms you submit to the city’s
Department of Education.