UNC staff leader advocates for larger pay raises

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 08:58 PM

Some UNC-Chapel Hill staff want support for larger pay raises this year, a staff leader told a UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees committee on Wednesday.

For staff of the UNC System, the Senate proposed an increase of $1,000, with $809 in wages and the rest in benefits, for permanent full-time employees, excluding high-level faculty and administrators.

Meanwhile, the House proposed a $1,000 annual recurring salary increase for all permanent full-time employees. Counting benefits, the raise would be $1,236.

Charles Streeter, chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum, told a trustees committee that while $1,000 “is great,” for some staff, the additional $1,000 would represent a small percentage of their total pay. He urged for advocacy for more significant increases.

“A lot of staff are wanting some of the same considerations that the teachers are getting,” he said, comparing the proposed raises to what’s been proposed for public school teachers.

The state Senate has proposed giving public school teachers an 11 percent average raise at the expense of teacher assistant jobs. The N.C. House proposal was originally 5 percent, but, according to announcement from N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory released earlier this month, they moved to a 6 percent increase. Budget negotiations are continuing.

Streeter said the last time the staff got a “significant” raise was in 2007, when they got 4 percent. According to information from Streeter, staff got time off in lieu of additional monetary compensation last year, a 1.25 percent increase in 2012, no raises in 2011, 2010 and 2009, and a choice of a 2.75 increase or $1,100 in 2008.

“I can say without a doubt that everyone here wants a large percentage increase in her/his salary,” Streeter said in an email.