Dunn County Board supports pay increases for UW System employees
January 19, 2017
Salary increases for University of
Wisconsin-Stout employees paid for by the state were endorsed Wednesday night
by the Dunn County Board of Supervisors.
“The board recognizes the importance of
UW-Stout to Dunn County and western Wisconsin,” said Steve Rasmussen, board
chairman. “We also realize that the university is having a very hard time
finding and keeping talented faculty and staff because their salaries have
fallen behind their peers. We hope that our elected officials realize what a
significant problem this is for our local university.”
Chancellor Bob Meyer said he appreciates
the County Board taking a position on the pay-plan issue.
“This support from the Dunn County Board
will be incredibly important as we press our case for improved salaries for our
faculty and staff,” Meyer said. “It sends a very powerful message to our
elected officials that there is popular support for this important issue.”
The resolution offers the board’s “full
support” for a proposal submitted to the state by the UW System Board of
Regents for state funding for pay increases in 2017-18 and 2018-19 for all
system employees that would average 2 percent per year.
The resolution notes that UW employees have
received just two 1 percent increases over the last six years, and average
salaries have fallen far behind those paid at peer institutions. Faculty
salaries at UW-Stout, the resolution says, are 21 percent behind those at their
This pay disparity, the resolution says, is
making it harder for UW-Stout to recruit or retain faculty and staff. In
2015-16, the resolution says, the faculty turnover rate at UW-Stout was 13
percent, compared to 8 percent across the entire UW System.
Because the university does not have the
money to fund general pay increases, the resolution says, “the Legislature and
Gov. Scott Walker should approve the UW System pay plan request for 2017-19 as
well as appropriate sufficient funds to support it.”