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Marshall board approves staff pay raises

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 12:45 AM

HUNTINGTON – About 600 classified staff members at Marshall University will receive an increase in pay after the board of governors approved a salary enhancement package during a special session Thursday afternoon.


Those classified staff members, who work in such jobs as landscaping, maintenance, janitorial and secretarial, will get a $600 increase to their base salary. It will be prorated for the current fiscal year and take affect Nov. 1.


It will cost the university about $400,000, with $250,000 coming out the general fund – which was the recommendation made by the budget work group and approved by the board back in June. Auxiliary funds will be used to make up for the overage.
About 36 employees who started their employment terms after Nov. 1, 2012, are not included.


Board members also approved a policy change that allows the president to recommend across-the-board increases in either a dollar amount or percentage for classified staff, even those who have maxed out at the top of the salary schedule.


Miriah Young, the classified staff representative on the board, said the 2001 West Virginia classified staff salary schedule – which was fully funded last year at Marshall following a legislative mandate for all public higher education institutions – includes a provision that years of service raises stop after 15. She noted that many employees stay much longer, including a man who celebrated 45 years in the spring.


There are about 200 of the more than 600 classified staff members who have reached the 15-year mark and maxed out, officials said at the meeting.


While she expressed gratitude to the administration and the board for approving the budget allocation, Young said the next step is for the legislature to finish its study and produce a new salary schedule that doesn’t stop salary increases at 15 years while also adjusting the schedule for today’s cost of living index.


Other action taken Thursday will impact the salaries of about eight faculty librarians. The two-party salary adjustment affects certain faculty librarians who were awarded promotion for this semester  in an incremental amount of $5,600 or 10 percent, whichever is greater, for those promoted from assistant professor to associate professor; and $6,800 for those promoted to full professor.


In addition, certain librarians whose regular 12-month base salary is below specific mini–mums shall receive an increase to new base levels: $59,700 for professor/librarian IV; $52,300 for associate professor/librarian III; and $46,000 for assistant professor/librarian II.
The cost to the university is expected to $18,500 for the current fiscal year.
Bill Rosenberger can be reached at brosenberger@herald-dispatch.com.



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