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   from the issue of April 15, 2004

Information on pay raises for next year released

This e-mail was sent to all faculty and staff from Chancellor Harvey Perlman on April 7:


Today we are distributing to deans and directors the guidelines for implementing salary and wage increases for the coming fiscal year for UNL faculty and staff. As you recall, the Board of Regents approved increases in salaries and wages for all University of Nebraska employees of 1.75 percent for 2003-04 and another 1.75 percent for the 2004-05 fiscal year. As you also recall, we did not implement pay increases during the 2003 year with the exception that at mid-year we provided a $600 increase to each eligible employee.

The compounding effect of the 1.75 percent increases for each of the two years brings the total increase for the two years combined to 3.53 percent. The remaining funds, less the $600 per employee, will be implemented for the coming fiscal year.

The $600 represented varying percentages of the total 3.53 percent increase for different employee categories. Office/service staff received a 2.74 percent increase mid-way through the current fiscal year; managerial and professional staff received a 1.49 percent increase, and faculty and academic administrators received a .88 percent increase. Putting a large percentage of the increase in the hands of office/service employees early in this two-year process means, of course, there is a lesser percentage remaining to distribute this year.

The remaining increase to bring all employee groups up to the 3.53 percent level is .79 percent for office/service, 2.04 percent for managerial and professional staff and 2.65 percent for faculty and academic administrators.
This does not mean that individuals within these categories will automatically receive increases. The instructions to deans and directors indicate funds should be distributed with an emphasis on performance. We also recognize that the $600 represents different percentage increases for different salary levels.

The deans and vice chancellors will consider this matter in allocating their retained pools of increase dollars. In making allocations from these retained pools, I have asked the deans and vice chancellors to consider how particular departments’ and colleges’ current salaries relate to the average of the peer groups.

In these tight budget times I feel fortunate that we are able to provide increases. I also recognize that while many public universities have not had any increase for the past few years, others have done relatively better. I suspect that we will have lost some ground relative to our peers, and this will need to be a high university priority in the years ahead. I am very grateful to all of you who do so much to continue to move this university ahead each day despite the fiscal pressures we face.




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