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CWU Authorizes Compensation Adjustments

Central Washington University today announced salary adjustments for non-union employees. Exempt employees will receive a 3-percent increase effective retroactively on July 1, 2013.  Classified staff who are not represented by a union will receive a 1-percent wage increase, wage adjustments that are linked to performance goals, and an adjustment to the state salary schedule.

The compensation adjustments were approved Friday by the Board of Trustees. In June, the state legislature approved contracts negotiated with classified staff represented by the Washington State Federation of State Employees and the Public School Employees of Washington. The university is currently negotiating a new contract with the United Faculty of Central Washington University.

CWU President James L. Gaudino said the increases, the first since 2008, will begin to address the erosion in employees' compensation and in the ability of the university to recruit and retain employees.

"Even though we are unable to rectify the total loss of salary increases that you have endured these last four years, I am committed to beginning the process of providing some movement forward," said Gaudino Monday in a memo to employees. "The services you provide have positioned us to continue to provide an exceptional educational experience for everyone."

Gaudino said the compensation adjustments were possible due to the implementation of a series of emergency measures required to absorb a cut in state support of more than 50 percent since 2009. Over the same period, CWU reduced staffing levels by more than 100 full-time employees. In spite of the personnel reduction, employees are serving 1,000 more students than in 2009. The university also has implemented strong financial management systems that provide the more precise information that is required to make strategic financial decisions.

Compensation adjustments for non-union classified staff will mirror those in union agreements approved by the legislature. The increases include a new step on the pay schedule for classified staff on July 1, 2013. About 155 employees who have been at Step L for six years will be moved to the new "Step M" for an increase of about 2.5 percent.  On July 1, 2014 all classified staff will receive a 1-percent salary increase. In each of the next two fiscal years classified staff will receive a lump-sum payment if the university achieves Student Success Incentive Goals for enrollment, retention, diversity, and graduation rates.

"All of your hard work and commitment has ensured that Central continues to grow and sustain a strong student FTE," said Gaudino.  "I wish there were some other way to say thank you but I do sincerely thank you for all that you have done and all that you will do." 

Increases effective on July 1, 2013 will be realized in the August 25 payroll distribution.

Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director, CWU Public Affairs, 509-607-4103, schactler@cwu.edu

July 22, 2013