October 26, 2005

Employees ratify 2-year contract at SIUC

by Sue Davis

CARBONDALE, Ill., -- Members of the Association of Civil Service Employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale today ratified a two-year contract that will provide a 3 percent pay increase across the board for each employee covered by the agreement on July 1, 2005.

In addition, the contract provides for parity increases for 197 employees in 19 Civil Service classifications whose minimum rates were below the average minimum rate of the other state universities in Illinois.

The move was important to both the University and the association and will cost about $250,000 to fund annually. Employees can expect to see increases in paychecks before the end of November.

Ruth Pommier, ACsE president, said, “This contract represents seven months of very hard work on the part of our bargaining team. The parity increase is an important change it will make a very real impact on this group.”

Brent D. Patton, SIUC’s director of labor and employee relations, said the contract runs through June 30, 2007. “Parity increases for this group of employees is an issue SIUC Chancellor Walter V. Wendler has been working on for approximately two years. I’m pleased we were able to reach a two-year agreement that benefits both the Association and the University.”

Increases for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006 will be based on state appropriations and/or university reallocations for non-represented Civil Service Range Employees.

In addition, those represented by the Association now have extended sick leave benefits equivalent to other Civil Service Range Employees.