With NEA help, New York community college ESP win pay upgrades.
In another workplace, New York State NEA member Phoebe Forbes might be called a business manager Among her other duties in the business office of Jamestown Community College, Forbes certifies more than $2.5 million in student awards for the state tuition assistance program, maintains financial records, and helps collect past due accounts.
Yet Forbes is officially a "senior account clerk typist," a humble civil service job title with an ancient job description quilled before the dawn of office technology. And across the campus, other "typists" are, in reality, high-tech department secretaries, many coordinating the affairs of 30 to 40 faculty members at a time.
Until recently, the pay of JCC's predominantly female support staff pretty much reflected those modest titles--not the skill, effort, and responsibility required to run a large community college with two campuses, two satellite centers, a distance-learning operation, and a child care center.
But that's starting to change, thanks to a pay equity/job classification study conducted by NEA and November pay upgrades for 64 employees--from $200 to …