Buffalo Center News Employment Financial Planning Membership

2022 DSI/Compression List

Dear Colleagues,

As you are no doubt aware, the university has now distributed the 2022 discretionary salary increases and salary compression adjustments to all eligible UUP represented employees. You will find the roster outlining who received these payments and the amount that each employee received at:

The roster includes separate columns reflecting the amount each individual received for DSI and/or Salary Compression adjustments.

  • The column titled “DSI Amount” reflects the amount of DSI received.
  • The column titled “Compression Amount” reflects the amount which eligible individuals received to begin remediating salary compression identified in the 2022 salary compression analysis.Please note the following:
  • No SUNY campus was able to fully remediate the amount of identified compression.
  • Who received compression adjustments and/or the amounts of the adjustment each eligible employee received for 2022 may well be different than for 2019, 2020, or 2021.  This can be due to a number of factors including such things as:  the composition of the campus workforce may have changed due to retirements, resignations, promotions, new hires, etc. impacting how individual employee’ salaries compare to the salaries of other current co-workers; the market salary rates used in the analysis may have changed since last year; and/or, permitted changes in how the 2022 compression analyses were conducted at the campus.
  • While there are other types of salary “equity” that members may be advocating for, the adjustments reflected here address salary compression and/or inversion identified in the campus’s compression analysis. Salary compression exists when there is little or no difference in pay between that received by senior employees and less senior co-workers with similar job functions. Salary inversion exists when less senior employees receive salaries that are greater than more senior co-workers. Salary compression/inversion is caused by a combination of factors including market forces which disproportionately impact starting salaries and insufficient pay increases tied to promotion and years of service.

The Chapter will be forwarding information on “How to Determine How Much Your Salary is Compressed” by the end of this week.

The Chapter will also be forwarding information on a Compression Input Form if UUP Central develops one.

In Solidarity,

Ken Kern
Chapter President
UUP Buffalo Center