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PEF seeks advancement, pay parity for boiler inspectors

By SHERRY HALBROOK

PEF is working to secure a title reallocation for state boiler inspectors that would result in a salary upgrade.

This effort has been underway for about two years, and if it is successful would benefit up to approximately 25 PEF members at the state Labor Department.  The union is soliciting the department’s support for the reallocation.

PEF field representative Michele Routi wrote to the Labor Department about the situation in January 2020.

“The boiler inspector title series, compared to the safety inspector title series, shows a major disparity to similarly situated titles,” Routi wrote.  “The safety and health inspectors are grade 16 and senior safety and health inspectors are grade 18, as compared to the grade 14 boiler inspectors and grade 17 senior boiler inspectors.”

At that time, six positions were vacant.

“It is our position that those vacancies will remain as long as the salary is not comparable to similarly situated titles,” Routi said.

Now, Routi, says, “DOL had voiced support previously to review of this disparity.  We are now asking, since the pandemic is almost in rearview, that serious effort be taken to submit this request and DOL support to (the state Department of) Civil Service for the reallocation in parity with the safety inspectors as well as advancement opportunities similar to those afforded to safety inspectors.”

Reallocation would be reviewed by the bureau of Classification and Compensation.  If the director of classification and compensation recommended approval of the upgrade, it would still require the approval of the state Division of the Budget.