Principal bargaining unit members will see a $900 professional development grant in their 3/29 paycheck. Please note that it will be income subject to taxes.
You may remember that this “grant” is available because the money came from “pots” of money that the 4Cs had set aside for several uses, such as tuition reimbursement, sabbatical leave, Willis upgrades, and a few others. The BOR is taking on the responsibility for most of those incentives as part of our current contract.
Once we paid out all obligations from those pots, there was money left, which is being dispersed to our members as a professional development grant.
You may have heard that our colleagues in AFT and AFSCME are receiving different amounts. Why? The 4Cs has spent more out of our funds over the years, primarily on additional money for sabbaticals and disability coverage for members in the Alternate Retirement Plan (ARP), as well as the three furlough days that the union was able to cover so your paychecks would not be reduced. The 4Cs has significantly more members than the other unions, so our obligations were more costly.