The Board of Regents for Higher Education will consider merit raises for management and nonunion personnel of as much as 5 percent at a meeting Thursday.
Erika H. Steiner, chief financial officer for the regents, said 133 employees at the state universities, community colleges and regents system office are eligible for the merit raises. The increases will average 3.5 percent and cost, overall, $366,547.
Steiner said the increases are smaller than the 5 or 6 percent that union employees will be receiving this year and are in line with those being distributed to other nonunion state employees.
“We were advised by the governor’s office about what the state is doing in general,” Steiner said. “We are being consistent with what the state is doing for state employees.”
Steiner said executive staff and other top-level managerial staff will not be getting the raise. Employees with salaries ranging from about $40,000 to $100,000 will be eligible for the increase.
Last year, the regents gave pay raises to a larger group of managerial and nonunion employees. About 300 were eligible for raises that included a 3 percent cost-of-living increase in June 2013, followed by a merit bump-up that averaged 2 percent, but could be as high as 3.5 percent in December.
The board’s analysis of the proposed raise says, “The salary adjustment recommendation proposed reflects tight economic conditions and therefore does not extend to all employees …”
It should be noted, the analysis said, that only employees receiving performance ratings of “meets expectations,” “satisfactory,” “good” or better will be eligible for the salary adjustment. If passed Thursday, the adjustment will take effect retroactively to June 27.