Several hundred UW-O employees get raises
- Associated Press
- October 31, 2013 - 10:00 AM
OSHKOSH, Wis. — More than half of the faculty and professional academic staff at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are getting raises averaging about $2,600.
A memo sent to employees Wednesday says the raises for 369 university employees will cost the state's third largest university about $962,000. The remaining 319 faculty and staff will get a 1 percent pay increase that's being given to all state employees.
"Obviously, I feel (the raises) are long overdue. I feel they are necessary to keep the quality of the university teaching and research activities that are going on and certainly they are well deserved," Faculty Senate President Kay Neal, a communication professor, told Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/1f5VxlU ).
Chancellor Richard Wells said Oshkosh faculty salaries lag behind their peers.
"(UW System President) Kevin Reilly has pointed out a statistic that is quite accurate — that our faculty are 18 percent behind the average salary of comparable peers across the Midwest. That's a huge issue for us in terms of being able to attract and retain the talent we need to always improve the quality of education we offer our students," Wells said.
UW-Oshkosh also increased salary ranges for instructional academic staff, and has asked the state employment relations office for merit pay adjustments for classified staff. Raises based on the new salary ranges will be awarded on a case-by-case basis.
If approved by the state, the merit raises will be announced later in November, according to the memo.
© 2013 Star Tribune