This policy was a part of the former UPS Policy set that was integrated into the System Administrative Policy set. It applies to all University of Wisconsin institutions except for UW-Madison. For UW-Madison’s policies, please see the Human Resource Design Policies website.

Original Issuance Date: July 1, 2015
Last Revision Date: December 22, 2021

1. Policy Purpose

The purpose of this operational policy is to provide compensation structures and benefits information for crafts worker employees working at a UW System institution.

2. Policy Background

Effective July 1, 2015, compensation and benefits for UW System crafts workers will be administered according to this operational policy. Prior to July 1, 2015, compensation structures and benefits administration for crafts workers were covered under the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan or under an applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Crafts workers in the UW System are employees who are skilled journeypersons crafts workers in the following building trade titles:

  • FP036 Bricklayer and Mason
  • FP037 Carpenter
  • FP039 Electrician
  • FP040 Elevator Constructor
  • FP041 Glazier
  • FP042 Heat and Frost Insulator
  • FP049 Painter
  • FP050 Plasterer
  • FP051 Plumber
  • FP053 Sheet Metal Worker
  • FP054 Steamfitter
  • FP055 Terrazzo and Tile Setter
  • FP060 Welder

3. Policy Definitions

Crafts worker: A UW System employee who is a skilled journeyman crafts worker, including the skilled journeyman crafts worker’s apprentices and helpers, but does not include employees who do not perform skilled trades as defined by the State of Wisconsin.

Trades Supervisors: For the purposes of this policy, trades supervisors are University Staff positions in the UW System that supervise crafts workers. This may include, but is not limited to, Trades Supervisor (FP038), Trades Superintendent (FP056), Instrument Shop Manager (FP045), and Instrument Shop Supervisor (FP046). Individuals who supervise crafts workers, but who are classified as Academic Staff, are not covered by this policy, regardless of job title.

4. Policy

 A. Compensation

The pay of crafts workers with documented satisfactory performance will continue to be based on the crafts workers’ rates set by OSER in 2009 and increased as a result of subsequent general wage adjustments (see Crafts Workers/ Trades Rates).

B. Additional Compensation

  1. The statewide additional pay for spray painting shall be fifty cents ($0.50) per hour added to the regular hourly compensation rate.
  2. Lead crafts workers will be paid in accordance with the adjusted hourly rate schedule, plus they may be provided at least an additional fifty cents ($0.50) per hour.
    1. Temporary lead crafts workers will be paid in accordance with the adjusted hourly rate schedule, plus they may be provided at least an additional twenty cents ($0.20) per hour.
  3. Trades supervisors will be paid at least one dollar ($1.00) per hour more than the adjusted hourly rate for the highest paid craft worker supervised, or at least one dollar ($1.00) per hour more than the adjusted hourly rate for the craft in which they have journeyman status, whichever is greater.
  4. Shop supervisors, Shop managers and Trades superintendents will be paid at least one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per hour more than the pay rate established in accordance with (3) above, for the highest paid crafts worker supervisor supervised, or at least one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per hour more than the adjusted hourly rate for the craft in which they have journeyman status, whichever is greater.

NOTE:  The additional pay for supervisors listed above will always be based on the rate paid crafts workers as adjusted.  The applicable adjusted hourly rate is considered to be the base pay rate for pay administration purposes.

C. Vacation

Crafts workers will be provided vacation in accordance with provisions in SYS 1210, Vacation, Paid Leave Banks, and Vacation Cash Payouts, except as indicated below.

  1. Crafts workers have three vacation options.
    1. They will be granted 100 hours (12½ days) of vacation on an annual basis,
    2. but they may elect, with a corresponding adjustment to their hourly rate, an increased vacation allocation of either 140 hours (17½ days), or 180 hours (22½ days).
    3. If an employee wants to elect a different vacation option, the employee must submit a written request to their institution no later than January 1st of the year.  If no election is made by January 1st, the employee will retain their current vacation allocation.
  2. Vacation will be prorated if the crafts workers are part-time employees or are not employed for the entire calendar year.
  3. Crafts workers are not eligible to bank unused vacation into a paid leave bank or receive a vacation cash payout at the end of the calendar year.

D. Personal Holiday

Crafts workers are not eligible for personal holidays.

E. Health Insurance Premiums

If a crafts worker, crafts worker supervisor, shop supervisor, or crafts operation manager chooses the health insurance offered by the UW System, that employee is eligible for the employer share towards health insurance premiums (effective January 1, 2022) as administered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds. See Wis. Stat. § 40.05(4)(ah). Effective January 1, 2022, crafts workers are eligible for the opt-out incentive regardless of their health insurance enrollment in plan year 2015. Additionally crafts workers are eligible for the employer contribution to the health savings account if they enroll in a high-deductible health plan.

F. Eligibility for Supplemental Health Insurance Conversion Credits (SHICC)

Crafts workers are generally not eligible for Supplemental Health Insurance Conversion Credits (SHICC) as provided for in Wis. Stat. § 40.95.  Crafts worker supervisors, shop supervisors, and crafts operation managers are eligible for SHICC.

5. Related Documents

Crafts Workers/Trades Rates

Current Collective Bargaining Agreement

Vacation Option Election – Wisconsin Building Trades

Wisconsin State Statute 40.05 (4)(ah)

Wisconsin State Statute 40.95

6. Policy History

Revision 2: December 22, 2021

Revision 1: January 16, 2021

First approved: July 1, 2015

Reviewed by the Board of Regents, April 10, 2015