Did you really get a raise?

In her 8/28/14 email to faculty, the UIS Provost claims, “I am very pleased that we have been able to strengthen the competitiveness of our faculty salaries through consecutive salary programs over the past four years…”

Oh really?

This table shows UI raises vs. inflation rates for the last 7 years:

Year

Raise

Inflation

Net raise

Nominal salary

Purchasing power

Example starting Salary/Year

     

$50,000

$50,000

2008-09

2%

4.28%

-2.0%

$51,000

$49,000

2009-10

0%

.03%

-.03%

$51,000 (49,980)*

$48,985 (47,836)*

2010-11

0%

2.63%

-2.63%

$51,000

$47,696

2011-12

3%

1.63%

+1.37%

$52,530

$48,349

2012-13

2.5%

2.93%

-.43%

$53,843

$48,141

2013-14

2.75%

1.59%

+1.16%

$55,324

$48,911

2014-15

2.5%

1.5%

+1%

$56,707

$49,400

Sources: http://www.inflationdata.com; http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-06-16/updated-25-raises-ahead-most-ui- employees.html   *reflects 2% salary reduction due to furloughs

In 4 of the last 7 years UIS faculty didn’t receive raises that exceeded inflation. Our paychecks are a bit bigger, but we’re losing money against inflation. Recent raises don’t begin to make up for furlough losses, years of sub-standard pay, and healthcare insurance premium/co-pay/deductible increases. And every year we make less, is less money towards our pensions!

Isn’t it time the UIS administration was honest about faculty salaries? We’re not paid fair or competitive wages; we make less than colleagues at other public Illinois universities; and we’ve lost money against inflation for the last decade!

UIS faculty need a seat at the table when budget priorities are set and a legally binding, multi-year contract that brings REAL raises that keep up with inflation and rewards rank and years of experience. We’ll only get that through collective bargaining!

  • Excellence in teaching requires fair and competitive faculty salaries!
  • Faculty salaries need to keep pace with inflation and reward experience!
  • A union will give faculty a voice when budget priorities are set and a legally binding contract to ensure the administration honors its financial agreements!

got union?

 

 

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