Travel Day Partial Day Per Diem Reimbursement

August 22, 2017 / Phil Lesch

On November 23, 2016 we reported that we'd reached agreement about per diem payments for the travel day on trips. We had conducted a member survey and found majority support for the elimination of record keeping and the use of 75% as a standard.

At the same time we were negotiating this the Viking Travel office revised their travel procedures for one of the large grant funded programs that provided for reimbursement for employees on Federal grants based on the old per diem rule that was based on the time of departure on the day of departure, and the time of arrival on the day of return. 

The travel office did not provide any administrators or PSU-AAUP notice as required. PSU-AAUP considered whether it would file grievances on the violation of the new MOU, but there were few members who were negatively impacted and virtually no damages. In the end we determined that the federal government requirements should be incorporated in the travel day per diem rule as they were unlikely to go away.

We executed a new MOU that replaces the November 16 MOU. That MOU is here. 

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