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: January 16, 2019

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

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

  • Heat and Frost Insulator
  • Bricklayer and Mason
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Elevator Constructor
  • Glazier
  • Craftsworker – Lead
  • Painter
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Steamfitter
  • Terrazzo and Tile Setter
  • Welder

When administered in accordance with Wis. Stat. Chapter 230, compensation structures and benefits administration for crafts workers were covered under the State of Wisconsin Compensation Plan or under an applicable collective bargaining agreement.  Effective July 1, 2015, compensation and benefits for UW System crafts workers will be administered according to this operational policy.

3. Policy Definitions

Crafts worker means 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 are not in direct line of progression in the craft.

Crafts worker supervisor, Shop supervisor, and Crafts operations manager are university staff positions in the UW System that supervise crafts workers.

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 Appendix 6: Compensation Category G Crafts Workers 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 an additional fifty cents ($0.50) per hour. Temporary lead crafts workers will be paid in accordance with the adjusted hourly rate schedule, plus they may be provided an additional twenty cents ($0.20) per hour.
  3. Crafts worker 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 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.
  5. Crafts operations manager(s) will be paid the greater of the following rates:
    1. At least two dollars ($2.00) per hour more than the greater of the pay rates established in accordance with (3) or (4) above, for the highest paid crafts worker supervisor or shop supervisor supervised, or
    2. At least two dollars ($2.00) per hour more than the adjusted hourly rate for the craft in which they have journeyman status.

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 indicted below.

  1. Crafts workers have three vacation options. They will be granted 100 hours (12½ days) of vacation on an annual basis, 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).Vacation will be prorated if the crafts workers are part-time employees or are not employed for the entire calendar year.If an employee wants to elect a different vacation option, the employee must submit a written request to his or her institution no later than January 1st of the year.  If no election is made by January 1st, the employee will retain his or her current vacation allocation.
  2. 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 required to pay the full cost of health insurance premiums as administered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds.  See Wis. Stat. § 40.05(4)(ah).

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

Appendix 6: Compensation Category G Crafts Workers Rates
Current Collective Bargaining Agreement
Vacation Option Election – Wisconsin Building Trades

Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission- Notice of Election

6. Policy History

Reviewed by the Board of Regents, April 10, 2015
Revised: 01/16/2019