Showing posts with label Pay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pay. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FAMU employees to receive $1,000 raise


The FAMUan reports that President James H. Ammons is increasing the base salaries of certain eligible full-time employees by $1,000. The raise applies only to workers who are not part of the union collective bargaining agreements. Most FAMU professors are members of the United Faculty of Florida (UFF). Most public safety officers are members of Police Benevolent Association.

The raise is effective July 1, 2010 and will be applied retroactively to eligible faculty/staff paychecks on the November 5, 2010 pay date. Eligible part-time employees who have been working at FAMU since May 1 will receive a pro-rated based upon the full-time equivalency of their respective positions.

“Although the university is still faced with challenging economic conditions, finding a means of rewarding employees to the fullest extent possible within budgetary limitations has been paramount to FAMU and its Board of Trustees,” Ammons said, according to a quote printed in the student newspaper. “In recent years, Florida A&M University has been restricted in its ability to provide monetary incentives for employees due to budgetary constraints.”

The pay raise announcement follows a big enrollment boost that has pumped some money back into FAMU's hard-hit budget. The student numbers have climbed from 11,567 when Ammons took over in Fall 2007 to 13,226 in Fall 2010.

FAMU-UFF president Elizabeth Davenport disagrees with the administration's decision.

"To selectively provide raises to support staff and the administration… creates divisiveness in the community," she told The FAMUan.

FAMU has offered all union employees the same $1,000 salary increase it offered non-union members.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Payroll problems continue

159 new instances turned up
Florida A&M University President Castell Bryant told FAMU trustees Saturday the financially troubled university has two more big payroll problems.

Bryant - who plowed through more than 600 payment demands for graduate assistants, adjunct instructors and some professors in February and March - said she found out Friday night about 159 new late-paycheck requests. The trustees approved a letter advising employees how they can resolve such problems.

continue reading: Payroll problems won't go away

Castell point fingers over pay

Castell clueless about pay

Unpaid workers face eviction and loss of electricity

Friday, March 09, 2007

Castell's payroll mess continues to worsen

During yesterday's BOT meeting Castell Bryant told board members that she had just been told, Wednesday, of additional unpaid employees. The university inability to pay adjunct professors, graduate/teaching assistants and student workers has cause some unpaid students to leave FAMU, and other students found their classes cancelled, said trustee and student body president Phillip Agnew.

Additionally, some faculty's health benefits were not deducted properly from their pay, according to trustee and faculty member Mary Diallo.

When Bryant raised her point that this problem has been going on for years, and that having payroll procedures in place didn't guarantee procedures are followed, the Rev. R.B. Holmes Jr. said, “Let me just say this in a nice and gentlemanly way...I've never heard of those major payroll issues" in five years as a board member.

"By now, these issues should have been laid to rest," said trustee Al Cardenas.

In an attempt to get to the bottom of the problem, the board will hold a workshop within 30 to 45 days to try to try to determine what's going on and fix it.

The board generally avoids taking on university operational issues, leaving them for the President to resolve. But they said the late paychecks simply were unacceptable.

KPMG contract called into question

The role of accounting consultants KPMG, currently under a $1.9 million contract with FAMU, also was called into question.

continue reading: Trustees try to solve missed-pay issue


Castell tells legislators pay problems are age-old

Lowe blames past leaders

Castell continues to point fingers in payroll mess

Castell says it ain't her fault

Unpaid students face eviction

Castell clueless

Pay makes news

Pay issue has Castell pointing fingers

Monday, March 05, 2007

Castell goes before the Legislative Audit Committee

Interim President Castell Bryant went before the Florida Legislature's Joint Legislative Auditing Committee today. The committeee intended to discuss outstanding audit issues, as identified by the Auditor General's Office, and the current payroll problem. However, the committee got bogged down in the payroll problem.

Castell was accompanied by FAMU CFO Grace Ali, FAMU PR Coordinator Pam Bryant, FAMU General Counsel Liz McBride, FAMU Lobbyist Jackie Maxie, and Castell's (six figured) PR Consulant from Detroit (the skinny white dude who's name escapes me).

All in all, Castell stuck to her script of placing blame elsewhere. She suggested that this (payroll problem) was "a first time problem which emerged from an age old problem." She told legislators that she anad her leadership team have been working to resolve the problems along with an adhoc committee.

Rep. Storm asked if it were true that she has been signing off on all personnel contracts?

Mrs. Ali said that glitches in the computer system, which prevented them from going live with the PeopleSoft system were a root cause of the problems.

The JLAC was chaired, today, by Miami Sen. Gwen Margolis. Sen. Margolis admonished those with any knowledge of the situation to contact the Auditor General directly.

Margolis said, that the given the magnitude of the problems that this is very likely a preliminary hearing into FAMU's problems and there may be a need for further hearings.

Barbara A. Thompson, FAMU UFF President, suggested to the committee that FAMU administrators should not be paid until the payroll problems are all resolved.

Joint Legislative Audit Committee Calls Castell

Friday, March 02, 2007

Castell continues to point fingers in payroll mess

Following yesterday's FAMU BOT Executive Committee Meeting, Interim President Castell Bryant called on the Tallahassee Democrat editorial board, where she blamed the University's payroll problems on the colleges deans.

An alert to submit complete paperwork on time and receive budget approval before hiring anyone went out to Florida A&M University deans at the start of fall semester, said Bryant.

Calling the process "Basic Academic Administration 101," Provost Debra Austin said the hiring protocol isn't new, but was reemphasized by her to the deans at the start of this semester.

"I do recall that we were told to get our paperwork in on time, and in many cases I think we did," said James Hawkins, dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. "In the case of The Famuan, we did not get it in before the start of the semester." The Famuan staff, who temporarily went on strike, weren't paid until Feb. 16, he said.

While pointing fingers at deans, Bryant and Austin overlooked the fact that the University's OPS Personnel Action Form, used to hire Adjuncts, OPS, and Teaching and Graduate Assistants requires signoff by the University President/Provost or Appropriate VP.

Lowe blames past administrations for current payroll mess

Castell updates board on payroll

Writing Center staff strikes


Unpaid students face eviction

Castell clueless

Pay makes news

Pay issue has Castell pointing fingers

Lack of pay may cause workers to quit

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Lowe blames past leaders for current payroll snafu

Twenty-six months into the Castell Bryant administration, BOT Chair Challis Lowe blames past administrations for the university's current inability to pay employees.

Read more: Past woes plauge FAMU

Monday, February 26, 2007

Castell updates Board on payroll problem

In her email to Trustees Friday, interim president Castell Bryant admitted that the scope of the payroll problems has affected 455 employees. And, since Feburary 1, over 700 "on demand checks" have been cut by the university.

RN has learned from one Department Chair that 1/3 of affected employees have been overpaid, 1/3 has yet to be paid, and 1/3 has not been paid at all. The chair said, no one has been paid the correct amount.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Writing center staff goes on strike

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, eleven of 15 students, full-time tutors and professors that man the Writing Resource Center at Florida A&M University are on strike.

Because of missed paychecks that led to the strike, center director Veronica Yon said the center is down to a skeleton crew.

At midday Thursday, only one FAMU student was being tutored, and the usually well-used center had no one sitting at its computers.

"That's bad," said freshman Aldreya Acosta, who walked in and had to schedule an appointment for the next day to be tutored. Usually, walk-ins can be accommodated, but with just two students and two professors tutoring now, appointments are necessary.

"I'm working on it," FAMU Interim President Castell Bryant said on Thursday, after a trustees' budget committee that included a discussion of the widespread delays and lack of pay this semester at the university.

Continue reading: Writing center staff joins strike

Unpaid students face eviction

Castell clueless

Pay makes news

Pay issue has Castell pointing fingers

Lack of pay may cause workers to quit

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

FAMU's finances are out of control

Castell has over spent budget by $22 million

By daRattler

FAMU's financial situation is far worse than anyone ever imagined. Today's BOT Finance Committee phone call, which just finished up, revealed that FAMU is running a $22 million deficit in its education & general budget. As a result academic departments have been told that they will not be able to hire any adjunct professors this summer. The E&G budget was over spent during the fall semester. In large part, this may have a lot to do with why as many as 600 adjuncts, graduate and teaching assistants, and OPS workers have experience problems with their pay this semester.

Further, it also appears that unless drastic measures are take a whole lot of other folks won't be getting paid.

The deficit has has hampered faculty in their ability to order basic teaching supplies for their courses ---chalk, dry erasers, pens, paper, etc. This didn't seem to bother Trustee Leery Jenkins who brushed aside this issue when it was raised by Trustee Mary Dialo. Dialo said that departments have access to only 22% of their budgets.

Instead, Mr. Jenkins chastised Diallo for raising the issue and asking questions about the $22 million deficit. He said, “these are down in the weeds questions, that I don’t care to know about."

Also, interim president Castell Bryant over spent her budget for outside consultants by $3 million. The board had approved a budget of $4.5 million, however Mrs. Bryant spent $7.5. Again, the committee didn't seem at all concerned.

Audit shows $10.4 million deficit

Castell should have been fired long ago

CFO quits abruptly

Castell's financial shell game

The incredible shrinking surplus

Morris Brown in the making

Some students paid, others still waiting

At least six staff members of The Famuan, Florida A&M University's campus newspaper, have been paid, editor Alaythia Burkins said Tuesday.

All the staffers have returned and are working in a "limited capacity," Burkins said.

Earlier this week, all but four of the newspaper's 19 staff members decided to strike because they had not been paid since the beginning of the semester.

Burkins said the payroll issue is a "matter of accountability."

“It's an embarrassment and a disgrace," she said. "There are some fingers that need to be pointed.”

The university still isn't sure why student workers weren't paid.

continue reading: Getting paid still a problem

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Rattlers strike!

Good for The Famuan staffers who went on strike this week.

They weren't staging a protest about war or global warming; they weren't trying to get the attention of the mighty on behalf of a cause such as mistreatment in boot camps. The newspaper staffers had simply had it because their university hadn't paid them the roughly $196 most of the students earn every two weeks. It may not be much for working 30 hours a week, but it's important to a student's budget.

The students were also dramatically pointing attention to the fact that more than two-thirds of Florida A&M University's more than 400 employees received their paychecks just last Friday after waiting since the semester began on Jan. 8 to be paid.

Continue reading: FAMUAN staffers drive point home

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Castell promises to pay FAMUAN, other staff this week

"It is our hope that we will have the students their money by Wednesday," said James Hawkins, Dean, School of Journalism and Graphic Commications. "We are going to get them paid."

Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad said this isn't the first time that FAMU has not issued funds when they were supposed to.

She had two jobs last semester to support herself through college because she didn't get a net check, said Asad, a photographer for The Famuan.

The FAMUAN staff is obligated to publish a newspaper because advertisements have already been sold.

FAMU student government attorney general Whitney Murraysaid the (SGA) executive branch hasn’t been paid this semester, either. But, student government members are opting to wait patiently.

SGA President Phillip Agnew said, "overseers (the University) did not budget correctly and there was no money. And some instances, there were no clear and distinct answers.”

After meeting with interim president Castell Bryant, Agnew said that students will be paid this week.

Unpaid students face eviction

Castell clueless

Pay makes news

Pay issue has Castell pointing fingers

Lack of pay may cause workers to quit

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

Monday, February 19, 2007

Unpaid students face eviction and loss of electricity

Sunday night, the FAMUAN staff voiced their frustration with the administration's empty promises and shared stories of eviction notices and disconnected utilities before quitting. Even the FAMUAN editor has her lights turned off.

By the end of the night, 14 out of 17 members of The Famuan staff went on strike.

Read more: University does't support excellence

FAMU staff walks out over lack of pay

Because of the University's failure to issue paychecks to the staff of The Famuan, the student newspaper of Florida A&M University, several staff members are on strike.

The staff members walked out after a Sunday meeting with Dean James Hawkins and Journalism Division Director Dorothy Bland of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication and the newspaper's co-advisers James Stephens and Valerie D. White.

Hawkins said he would request on-demand payments for the students of The Famuan first thing this morning.

Continue reading: Newspaper staff walks out

Castell clueless

Pay makes news

Pay issue has Castell pointing fingers

Lack of pay may cause workers to quit

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Castell is clueless about months long pay glitch

Two-thirds of more than 400 Florida A&M University employees, waiting to be paid since the semester began Jan. 8, finally received paychecks on Friday.

Tamika Johnson, a graduate student in FAMU's School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, was paid on Friday only $430 of the $1,130 she was owed.

"I really don't know," Castell Bryant said on Wednesday of what caused and would solve the mystery of FAMU's missing paychecks. "We're trying to find out what's going on."

Read more: Late pay disrupts FAMU

Pay makes news

Pay issue has Castell pointing fingers

Lack of pay may cause workers to quit

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

Friday, February 16, 2007

Pay issue makes news


• The FAMU pay crisis is beginning to pick up traction beyond the pages of this blog and the FAMUAN. Today, newspapers around the state are running an associated press article on the subject.
However, the funniest headline on the topic we've seen comes courtsey of the NY Times owned Lakeland Ledger, which wrote: "Interim President wants pay discrepancy resolved". Apparently, the headline writer didn't really have a clue.

Here's the article: Lakeland Ledger

FAMU spokeswoman LaNedra Carroll told the Associated Press, Thursdsay,"people have been working night and day to try to get the matter resolved."

• Meanwhile, Jesse Tyson, whose's initial flury of angry emails brought this issue to trustees attention earlier in the week when he was "demanding answers" and "immediate action" has now seemed to cool on the idea, suggesting to fellow trustees that an emergency meeting on the issue isn't warranted. Tyson now says, "the board is due to meet March 8, and that the situation is complex enough that it's not worth rushing into before then." Huh? Oh Really?

Tamika Johnson, a graduate student in Florida A&M University's School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, who has taught since the semester started Jan. 8, but as of Thursday she had not been paid strongly disagrees.

"It's just frustrating," said Johnson, who tries to send part of her pay home to Jacksonville to support her 2-year-old daughter. ''I maxed out my little $300 credit card. I needed groceries and to pay some bills.

"How difficult is it to pay your employees?" she asked

Don't worry Mr. Tyson, no one will ever mistake you for one of the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Pay issue has Castell pointing fingers

Lack of pay may cause workers to quit

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Holmes calls for meeting to discuss FAMU employees' non-pay

FAMU Trustee Rev. R.B. Holmes has called for an emergency trustee meeting to discuss complaints of employees not being paid at Florida A&M Universiy.

Here's a copy of Rev. Holmes' memo:

Castell points finger in pay flap

In a February 6th memo, interim president Castell Bryant told trustees that the reason that the university's 600, or more, adjunts, graduate assitants, and OPS workers haven't been paid since December 22, 2006 is because those affected "are not in the system because the paying departments have not identified a source of funds" for them to be paid. She also stated that she's enacted emergency processes to pay them by February 9th.

She also told trustees that departments are hiring personnel "without first assuring they have available funds".

Mrs. Bryant's blame the department's sing-song isn't going down too well with some department heads. For instance, in the College of Arts & Sciences, which is already $300,000 over budget, many sections of freshman and sophomore level classes had to be added at the last minute during the fall semester. This came as the university made a last ditch effort and enrolled "many poorly prepared students" in an attempt to inflate enrollment figures. Many of these students are long gone, and they left owing the university money.

Rattler Nation has learned that complete OPS & adjuct request for spring 2007 were submitted in early December 2006 by each department. These request were modified by Schools & Colleges in early January, based (presumably) on enrollment needs.

Lack of pay may cause workers to quit

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

As many as 600 haven't been paid

University-wide, as many as 600 adjunct professors,teaching assistants, and OPS employees may not have been paid since December 22, 2006.

Once such person is, Elizabeth Kelley, 21, a graduate assistant at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, said she’s supposed to receive payments totaling $3,500 for the 2007 spring semester. Hoping to earn a master’s degree in journalism in 2008, Kelley said on Tuesday she still hadn’t received any money from FAMU.

“We keep getting the runaround,” she said. “Nobody seems to be able to give us a straight answer. My credit card bill keeps getting larger and larger, and I have medical bills piling up and rent due.” She added that she’s now looking for employment outside of FAMU.

continue reading: No pay

Lack of pay may cause workers to quit

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

Monday, February 12, 2007

Lack of pay may cause grad workers to quit

Students employed through the graduate assistant program have threatened to quit their jobs as a result of the current payroll issues. But the problem extends beyond the journalism school. Many adjunct professors, teaching assistants and OPS employees have not received a single paycheck this semester.

"We have no contracts, so technically we have no job," said Ghislaine Lewis, a graduate journalism student from Kingston, Jamaica.

Michael Abrams, journalism professor and graduate adviser for the school of journalism, said the problem began when the main person in charge of graduate contracts in the University's administration office was dismissed.

"There is a problem somewhere in the budget office," Abrams said. "There are not enough people working."

Abrams said he believes the graduate assistants are a vital part of the program and the administration should make more of an effort to ensure they are compensated for their services.

"We're all very disappointed with this situation," he said.

Continue reading: Grad workers

Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid

Friday, February 09, 2007

Still waiting to get paid!

The continuing saga of upaid adjuct profressors, teaching assistants and OPS employees escalated today. The FAMUAN student newspaper has the story....

The University's failure to disburse spring semester paychecks has ignited feelings of aggravation and whispers of strike among many FAMU employees.

Despite their work and legally binding contracts with FAMU, a host of adjunct professors, teaching assistants and OPS employees, including student media, have yet to receive one paycheck this semester.

Chanta Haywood, dean of graduate studies, said FAMU is no stranger to situations involving paycheck mishaps.

"This has happened before, but I don't know if it's been this widespread," she said.

The lack of paychecks has catapulted many employees' finances into a calamitous whirlwind.

Continue reading: Unpaid workers upset

Also see: Check isn't in the mail

No pay for TAs and Adjuncts

Checks short/TAs go without

Some professors not being paid