Where’s the goat?

11/4/2013 goat update: “Other professional services.” You gotta love OSU. From their Oregon Transparency expenditure report:

11/3/13: UO Goat Wranglers report – raises and retroactive payments will be in the Nov and Jan paychecks: (from the admin fact-check site):

Implementing the salary provisions of the contract is one of the highest priorities. There are four components to the FY2013 and FY2014 salary package for eligible bargaining unit members:

Across the board increases (retroactive to FY2013 and current for FY2014)
Merit increases
Increases upon promotion
One-time $350 bonus

While it may seem like it would be easy to implement across-the-board and one-time bonuses, there are several steps that need to take place to ensure that this is done accurately. Initial spreadsheets must be created that individually identify every employee, their start date and FTE, whether they are eligible for the increase, and the impact of the increase on their total base pay. These spreadsheets are created centrally, then sent to schools, colleges and other participating units for review.

Following that review Unclassified Personnel Services, in collaboration with Academic Affairs, conducts a final review for accuracy before the information is sent to payroll. Payroll must then enter the information into the payroll system, calculate retroactive back-pay, and process end-of-month paychecks. In case any company fails to maintain an updated payroll, they might have a hard time when it comes to filing tax documents. Keeping track of things like tax-resolution-services-payroll-tax-problems etc., at timely intervals, would do good in the long run, and might even help businesses stay away from the unnecessary complications. At this time, however, we believe we can get the FY2013 1.5 percent across-the-board increase (retroactive to Jan 1, 2013) and the one-time bonus in paychecks at the end of November.

Implementing the FY2014 merit increases presents an even more challenging timeline if we are going to meet our current goal of completing the process in time for the January 31, 2014 payroll. The University [sic] and the Union have agreed to an abbreviated merit criteria review process, pursuant to which each department and unit must provide an opportunity for faculty to review the criteria they will utilize for the FY2014 merit increase and to provide feedback, which may be solicited at a faculty meeting to which all faculty are invited. The department and other unit heads, deans, and the provost must give serious consideration to that feedback in determining the merit review process and increases.

Notes about the salary increases:

(1) The contract includes another 3.5 percent merit pool for FY15. Prior to implementing that increase, all schools, colleges and other participating units will be required to review their merit salary increase policies.
(2) The pools for FY2014 and FY2015 merit raises for tenured and tenure-track faculty will be separate from the pools for non-tenure-track faculty.
(3) The merit salary review process in each year will include all of the years since the last merit review prior to the ratification of the CBA.
(4) Salary increases for funding-contingent positions, which are primarily grant-funded positions, present special challenges when the grants did not anticipate increased compensation expenses. The University and the Union will be exploring best strategies to address these circumstances.

11/1/2013: The $350 Goat Bonus was missing from yesterday’s paycheck. I’m no agricultural economist, but it’s a supply problem. Lane County’s goat population is only 3716. Giving a goat to every one of UO’s 1900 bargaining unit members would severely deplete the breeding stock. It’s bad enough that “the well is dry”. We can’t afford to let the goats go barren too. Word is that UO has hired a crack team of goat wranglers to bring a herd up from more fecund regions of Texas. Should be here by the end of the month, if the coyotes don’t get them.

Tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

26 Responses to Where’s the goat?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Inbreeding in goats reduces the quality of goats. Just ask the internal promotions within JH.

  2. Anonymous says:


    Of course, its actually much worse than this:

    1. All of us, by now, should have gotten the one time retroactive salary supplement for the period January 1-June 30 (or perhaps June 15) 2013 at the level of 1.5%.

    2. Effective July 1 2013 (e.g. FY 14), our salary should have been, on average, 5% larger (1.5% + 1.5% + 2%)
    than it was on June 1, 2013. So when does that get reflected in our actual paychecks? Of course making this retroactive to July 1, instead of Sept 15 – does have implications on various summer salary supports so that is one complication.

    3. No goat bonus yet?

    4. And as near as I can tell, there is no announced plan (or even a plan) of the schedule of this retroactive
    payments and catch-ups. One of the things I would have hoped for after Union ratification was an announced
    schedule – whatever it was to be.

    • UO Matters says:

      Good question. Expect an announcement by Monday.

    • Anonymous Bosch says:

      How surprising is it, really, that Johnson Hall doesn’t have it’s act together?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jeez, cool down folks! You seem to be attributing malice and foot dragging to a process that is not at all simple. Back pay, merit (not EVERY dept did spring merit review btw), labor distribution, involves payroll, Unclassified personnel services, academic affairs, and the dept heads. I suspect many of you who are stamping your feet have little idea what is involved in computing, allocating by Labor distribution and updating records for these changes. Then of course for people on grants, backpay is much more complicated. There’s a plan, it’s coming. For more information talk to your departmental managers/OAs and get the scopp before you go off the deep end into the pool of jello. And short summary is that the $350 and the first ATB will be on November paychecks.

  3. flyonawall says:

    Is some of this at the departmental level as well? We’ve been ranked for merit raises right? When do we find out our ranking? When we get our paycheck? or sooner?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dog says

      I believe this is going on in CAS. Rather than just give all CAS faculty an ATB 2% merit increase
      retroactive to July 1 (or maybe 9/15) they are making departments justify the raises. For a 2% average
      merit this seem senseless to me but nonetheless it serves to delay whatever the payment process
      will be.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d argue that given that everyone is getting to 1.5 ATB increases, you’d want distribute the merit pool widely with abiity. Also I bet the likely average union raises will be 1.5 ATB and 2.0 Merit going forward. With that in mind, it would prudent to stick to actually distribute merit raises according to merit, otherwise the best faculty will leave, leaving only those who are below average. Enough 2 percent merit raises over time (and potentially 3-4 percent if we don’t allocate the pool uniformly) and the best faculty will be rightfully rewarded more.

      Paying everyone the same every year is a guarantee that we’ll slowly drift towards mediocrity, especially given that the retention raises still aren’t being taking seriously, or are comprised by rank and inversion complications. Inequities are ok, as long as they are done efficiently. The problem I see within my department is some of the fulls should be paid 20-40 percent more than others imho, but other than endowed chairs, there’s little salary dispersion. If it was just a 2 percent merit pool, sure not worth the work to divy it up. But everyone’s already getting 3.0 ATB. Let the merit be merit.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dog says

      I am only talking about this retroactive 2% average merit raise. Why delay that?

    • Anonymous says:

      Delay explained here: http://uo-cba.uoregon.edu

    • UO Matters says:

      Thanks, posted.

    • Anonymous says:

      I could get it done in a day with an RA. Sounds to me like the admin is delaying paying intentionally. The heads did merit reviews in the spring already.

    • Anonymous says:

      Any delays getting the raises out to the JH administrators? Sorry, that’s a rhetorical question.

    • Anonymous says:

      They only delay the public records requests on JH raises, not the actually raises themselves.

      Next time we have to build into the CBA penalties for JH to pay out in additional bonus money (interest) if they delay making the raises, as they are right now.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Keep calm and drink coffee.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why Egyptian goats?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Spreadsheets? Really? They still use spreadsheets for this kind of thing?

    Please grow up, UO. Please grow up.

    • UO Matters says:

      UO’s Controller is more than competent. If the criticism above is directed at him, it is totally misplaced.

    • UO Matters says:

      And I’m not just saying that because he’s currently calculating my goat payment …

  7. Anonymous says:

    If MS-Dos ain’t broke, why would anyone ever want more than 500MB of Ram??