Rent Inspectors Reallocated To New Higher Grades
On October 19, 2006, the New York State Department of Civil Service reallocated
the grades of Rent Inspector 1 and Rent Inspector 2 (including Spanish
speaking) as follows:
Rent Inspector 1 - Grade 11 to higher Grade 14
Rent Inspector 2 - Grade 14 to higher Grade 18
On October 23, 2006, the New York State Division of the Budget approved
the determination of the Department of Civil Service.
The effective date of the reallocation was retroactive to April 6, 2006,
the beginning of the state's fiscal year. The new job rate for the Rent
Inspector 1 title will result in salaries topping out at $45,444 (rather
than the current $38,590); the new job rate for the Rent Inspector 2 title
will see salaries topping out at $55,149 (rather than the current $45,444).
Longevity advances of $850 and $1,700, when earned, can ultimately be
added to those amounts.
Based on a variety of factors (years of service, anniversary dates, etc.),
current Rent Inspectors (both 1 & 2) will immediately see their salaries
increase from $3,300 to $6,500 per year.
On May 16, 2006, Local 1359 had petitioned the Department of Civil Service
to reclassify and/or reallocate the inspectorial titles to higher levels
because of inadequate pay, recruitment and retention problems and the
taxing and complex job duties of these members. The New York State Division
of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) also petitioned Civil Service
for this reallocation and the agency deserves kudos for their actions
and support for the inspectors. Together the union and the employer were
able to make this happen.
Current Inspectors will be receiving their reallocated lines and back
pay awards in paychecks dated November 15, 2006.
Ralph F. Carbone