Office of the President

May 17, 2017 – Staff Salary Adjustment Program

Staff Salary Adjustment Program

To: Campus Community

From: President Gayle E. Hutchinson

Dear Colleagues,

As expressed in recent campus climate surveys and in various forums throughout my 100 day listening tour, staff compensation is of paramount concern. After a great deal of analysis and deliberation, I am pleased to announce that we are ready to take the first steps of an incremental plan to resolve issues.

Effective June 15, 2017, we will implement a salary adjustment program using the In-Range Progression provision of the collective bargaining agreements. Primarily designed to help relieve salary compression, the equity program affects two groups of employees. The criteria used to identify recipients eligible for the first aspect of the program are as follows:

  • Staff in bargaining units 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and C99;
  • Staff who have been employed in their current classification and range for at least one year as of May 1, 2017; and,
  • Staff who earn a salary that is at or below the 15th percentile of their salary range. Approximately 258 staff will receive an increase based on these criteria. Increases will range from 3.0% to 3.5% depending upon length of service in classification and range (see chart below).

Percent Increase by Years in Classification and Range

  • 1–2 Years 3.00%
  • 2-3 Years 3.10%
  • 3-4 Years 3.20%
  • 4-5 Years 3.30%
  • 5-6 Years 3.40%
  • 6 or more Years 3.50%

The second aspect of the program impacts up to 74 additional staff. Eligible staff are those who have been employed in their current classification and range for at least one year as of May 1, 2017, earn above the 15th percentile of their salary range, and are directly impacted by inversion issues resulting from the adjustments made pursuant to the first aspect of this program. Those eligible for an increase based on this provision of the salary adjustment program will receive a 3.0% adjustment.

The estimated total cost of these salary adjustments is $567,645, which includes the cost of benefits.

The team in our Human Resources Service Center will send a list of the eligible recipients, estimated to be approximately 332, or 40% of our staff, to the respective unions and vice presidents’ offices. In addition, staff will receive a personalized letter notifying them of their increase, no later than June 15, 2017.Increases are expected to be reflected in the pay warrant for the June pay period.

Addressing campus salary issues will be an on-going priority, despite current fiscal constraints and increases in mandated benefits costs and pension contributions. I recognize and appreciate the excellent service that staff members provide to our administrators, faculty, and students.

If you have any questions pertaining to this program or your eligibility, please send inquiries to using the subject line: Compression Program Question after June 15, 2017.