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Regents approve UW System wage increase

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MILWAUKEE (Press Release) – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents unanimously approved a resolution directing UW System President Kevin P. Reilly to request a salary increase for all UW System employees no less than that provided all other state employees for each year of the 2013-15 biennium funded through the state compensation reserve.

"We need to speak with the strongest and most unified voice from this board that we recognize the critical nature of the situation facing us," said Regent John Drew.

The request will be presented to the Director of the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER), who would then make the recommendation to the Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER).

The resolution further stated that the Board intends to return to JCOER to request the use of institutional funds for supplemental pay plans during the 2013-15 biennium for UW System institutions to address the significant compensation gap. Currently, UW faculty salaries are about 18% lower than salaries at competing colleges and universities.

Several Regents spoke in support of the resolution.

Regent David Walsh said that going forward, there must be complete collaboration with all the university's stakeholders and the importance of quality maintained. "The problem with quality is, often you don't know you've lost it," he said. To have high quality, he added, there has to be adequate resources.

Regent Regina Millner added, "We need to send a message to all faculty that we appreciate what they're doing, understand their concerns, and support the strength not only of the System as a whole but also the people that make up the personnel in that system."

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