Workforce Equity and Compensation

Date: October 1, 2015
To: Faculty and Staff
From: University Cabinet
Subject: Workforce Equity and Compensation

In response to concerns and questions about the staff equity pool vis-à-vis campus-based equity adjustments for faculty, and in the spirit of transparency, attached is a summary of staff reclassifications and in range progressions (IRP) from January 2008 to September 2015. 

It is important to note that none of the staff collective bargaining agreements (CBA) contain a provision for a campus-based equity plan, like that in the faculty CBA.  Despite the lack of an equity pay provision in the staff CBAs, in July 2015, Administration implemented a campus-based equity program for staff based on IRP criteria, consistent with each staff employee unit.  As a result, 104 staff qualified for this program and received approximately $115,300 in salary increases.

This program is intended to supplement IRPs that have previously been awarded.  Because staff are not locked into promotion and tenure markers and service cycles as faculty are, such actions as IRPs, salary range elevations and position re-classifications can occur frequently in a staff member’s career.  Through the deepest recession in our nation’s history since the Great Depression, which was marked by furloughs, hiring freezes, and six straight years of no general salary increases in the CSU for staff, this campus awarded 574 staff with an IRP, salary range elevation, or a position re-classification.  Most importantly, not one staff member suffered a lay-off during these years, something that not every CSU campus can claim.  From January 2008 to September 2015, more than $2 million have been awarded to staff in salary and benefit increases from campus resources. 

As it relates to faculty funding, our campus-based, equity plan commitment for 2014-2015 is over $1.4 million in salaries and benefits.  This represents at least 10% of the $14 million that is anticipated for faculty compensation increases system wide.  

Compensation Grid

As the budget situation has improved for the CSU, general salary increases have resumed. From 2013 to current, all staff employed during this period have received an increase of 6.34%.

We understand that there may be more questions regarding this information but we hope that this communication helps provide the facts, context and rationale regarding our approach. The Division of Business and Finance will be hosting a forum at Selvester’s room 100 on October 23rd at 12:00 pm to answer any questions relating to this topic. 

The University’s pledge to continue to have a first-rate compensation plan is just one indicator of the value placed on staff and faculty and an avenue for us to provide recognition, appreciation and support. Another is the myriad professional development opportunities offered to all CSU, Chico employees.  More information about these University funded, sponsored, and supported programs will be forthcoming in a campus announcement. 

Attachments:

In-Range Progressions 1/1/2008 - 9/11/2015

Reclasses and In-Class Progressions 1/1/2008 - 9/18/2015