I was reading carefully through the full page ad that ran yesterday in the DE and Southern Illusion. Personally, I have been very impressed that the administration and faculty union haven't been firing on each other in the press like the last time. I was surprised to see these ads yesterday. The administration villainization of the professors during the last negotiation surely helped achieve the current decrease in students. The marketing story that SIUC has is the professors, the students don't come here to learn from Uncle Walt and his gang.
The ad is all about the money. 4.5% raises in FY2007 and 3% raises for the following 4 years. Acting Chairmen are getting 10%, up from 7%. After that it is hard to figure out what is really being offered. For example, there is a section about Salary parity and compression money, but that doesn't say if it is a part of the listed 4.5% and 3% pay raises. The administration is asking to reward half the raise pool to who ever they like, but if the administration isn't trustworthy are they going to play favorites and buy people.
I noted recently that the federal government is giving 3.3% increase to social security, so that is the absolute bottom rate of inflation. As anyone who follows these things knows that the feds aren't counting energy or housing in their inflation numbers, so it is certainly higher. I think the SIUC professors are going to lose 1% to inflation each year of this contact and maybe much more. Might be time to look for work elsewhere if you are able?
I guess if the administration is claiming to be cash poor and this is the best they can do, it would be only fair to limit all the administrators to 3% pay raises for 5 years too? Has anyone run the numbers on the percent raises of the administrators against faculty for the last few years? I'm thinking if acting chairs are getting 10% per year, how much are the rest of the SIUC big shots getting? I hear certain highly placed administrators who had their picture in the DE yesterday received a 24% pay raise last year. Without knowing any more details, the over/under on administration big shot raises is 16% at my bookie. I'm wondering how you get over a 10% raise when you are leading an organization that is headed in the wrong direction? Just the way it is in America today I guess.
To quote a famous and now dead celebrity, "Let them eat cake."
As always, your comments are welcome. I'm looking forward to someone explaining what is being offered.