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X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
05:33 PM ET (US)
Quality step increase. If you save them a million, they'll give you some pennies. If they already liked you. Or more often, if they want to get to know you better.

R/C or red circle on pay charts. Above the top step you can get for longevity alone. Started when PO reduced time to top step from 21 years to about 8; those already at top got red circle.
Last REC StandingPerson was signed in when posted
02:59 PM ET (US)
Yeah, I've heard of a quality step increase, but I don't know of anyone getting one at the REC. Quality here gets you a small chance of a decent parking space, for one week only. Anyway what Ute Fan is asking about sounds like gaming the system to me.
mulligan2Person was signed in when posted
02:51 PM ET (US)
Early step increase??? Has anyone heard about quality step increases? Old timers?
slc vdlPerson was signed in when posted
01:25 PM ET (US)
Thank you. :)
YoPerson was signed in when posted
10:48 AM ET (US)
You get a step increase every 9 months so there will be some years where you get 2 step increases in a year. It takes around 11 years to get all 16 step increases.
slc vdlPerson was signed in when posted
10:04 AM ET (US)
What's the time frame for step increases?
Last REC StandingPerson was signed in when posted
09:47 AM ET (US)
I really hope the system doesn't let people manipulate their way into an early step increase like that.
Highlander79Person was signed in when posted
03:48 AM ET (US)
If you were a 5, move to a 6 and move back to a 5, you will be at the step you would have been at if you had stayed a 5 the whole time. The rule they were talking about in the earlier post only applies if you start at a higher grade. It will most likely be a small paycut. In my case, it was about $1000 a year in my base pay. From the ELM:
422.225 Reductions in Grade...

To Former Lower Grade. The employee is assigned to the step and next step date as if service had been uninterrupted in the lower grade since the last time held.
Edited 01-30-2015 04:06 AM
UtesFanPerson was signed in when posted
11:17 PM ET (US)
X-stew - thanks for that info, but is there a particular timeframe that you need to be at the higher level before this will happen? I would assume you can't be a level 5, bid to a level 6, get the pay raise and then the very next bid cycle go back to a level 5 and keep the raise. Or do you? That's what I'm really trying to figure out. How long you need to be at the higher level to keep that raise.

OnTheEdge - sorry. I probably didn't explain that very well. I don't know the exact steps she was on, but this is what happened with her. She was a level 6B when she bid back to the REC, and they made her a 5D. She was bumped up a couple of steps to match what she was making as a level 6. Actually she told me that it gave her a slight raise. (I don't know the EXACT steps she was on, just that she went up 2 or 3 steps. I just used those particular step letters as an example).
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X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
06:35 AM ET (US)
/m40406 When you change levels like 6 to 5, you may stay at the same step. Find your current pay rate as printed on your stub in your new level on a pay chart. Usually there's no exact match; if there was, that'd be your step. So then you see where your pay falls in your new chart, go up to the higher one and that's your step in your new level.
OnTheEdgePerson was signed in when posted
04:30 AM ET (US)
If you are, say, a 5F and you bid to level 6 job, you will make 6F pay. Then say you stay there for long enough to get bumped up to 6G pay and you (voluntarily) bid back to 5, you will now be making 5G pay. I get the terms - level, step, grade, etc - mixed up but basically your number is determined by what job you have and the letter goes up with time until you "max out" at O, I think. If you check the contract there are charts that show exactly how much is earned per level and step, but very roughly you gain or lose between 50 cents and a dollar per hour, per level.

But no, if you are, say, making 60k a year at one job for a few years, you are not going to get "bumped up" as close to that 60k as your new level allows. You just keep the letter you've earned. I hope that makes sense.
Edited 01-29-2015 04:33 AM
UtesFanPerson was signed in when posted
08:33 PM ET (US)
Question - hopefully I can get an answer on here. I've asked co-workers this question and I keep getting different answers. As a career, I know that if you bid on a job that is a level lower than you are currently working, you would typically assume that you'd get a pay cut. BUT I know that if you have been at that higher level job for a particular amount of time, when you bid on the lower level, you'll actually get bumped up a few steps to whatever is closest to the pay you've been making. What I don't know is how long you have to be at that higher level before this works. I know that it's sometime within a 1 year time frame, but I can't get an exact time frame. Some people say 6 months, some say 3 months, some say that there doesn't have to be any longer than 1 bid cycle. I know that it works for at least the 1 year. I had a friend that was a level 5, bid to the plant (level 6) and worked there for just over 1 year. When she bid back to the REC, she got bumped up several steps. Does anyone know the exact amount of time you need to be at that higher level job?
slc vdlPerson was signed in when posted
09:11 PM ET (US)
Us 50 year old women have to have SOMEPLACE to sit to cool off! lol
PSEslcPerson was signed in when posted
02:37 PM ET (US)
Why is it always so freezing cold over on pres 1??!!
KolorgPerson was signed in when posted
01:00 PM ET (US)
Last year they didn't start offering again til May or June. They are doing full day pac's occasionally though. I think they are just being cautious right now because normally this is a time where overtime is worked daily through til February or March.
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