October 28, 2004

Retroactive pay moving through system

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Most Southern Illinois University Carbondale employees will find the retroactive portion of their 3 percent salary increase in paychecks on Friday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Nov. 1.

Non-represented civil service employees paid on a bi-weekly basis will see the increase in Friday's check. Employees paid on a monthly or a semi-monthly basis, including some civil service workers, administrative-professional staff, graduate assistants and non-represented faculty, will see the increase in Monday's checks. Pay increases for represented civil service groups are being initiated as each group completes contract negotiations. Talks are continuing with several other bargaining units.

The University is in the process of implementing one-half percent retroactive pay for members of the SIUC Faculty Association, who can expect to see that reflected in Dec. 1 paychecks.

The SIU Board of Trustees in September approved a plan providing an average annual salary increase of 3 percent for employees not covered by collective bargaining units. The increases were effective July 1, and were included in paychecks in mid-September and at the beginning of October. Increases for the earlier periods in the fiscal year required manual calculations and review.

The increases were calculated on base salaries that were in effect on June 30.