Remaining discretionary funds to increase staff salaries

Princeton NJ -- In response to a recommendation from the Priorities Committee, President Shapiro will use up all of his remaining discretionary funds for this year to provide approximately $400,000 so the University can begin increasing salaries in 2001-02 above regular salary pools in biweekly staff categories that are being paid at or below market rates.

According to the committee, these additional funds "represent a significant first step in a strategic effort to bring all support staff salaries to at least 100 percent of market within a reasonable period of time."

Shapiro announced the special allocation at the May 16 meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community following a report from the committee on the review it was asked to conduct this spring of faculty and staff compensation. The committee focused on categories of biweekly staff that seem to lag behind market rates, including technical support staff, office and clerical workers, some ranks of library assistants and some entry-level maintenance and service staff.

While estimating that the cost of bringing all biweekly staff members to 100 percent of market could exceed $1.5 million, the committee strongly recommended "that steps be taken expeditiously to ensure that, on average, all University staff members are paid at or slightly above market rates." It said that "if special resources could be identified," it would recommend an additional allocation of approximately $400,000 in 2001-02, over and above a special technical support staff increment of $130,000 already in the 2001-02 budget, with "those staff categories that are the furthest behind the market receiving the largest percentage adjustments."

The committee strongly urged next year's committee to continue the proposed higher level of funding in subsequent years and to allocate additional resources to continue to close the gap between biweekly staff compensation and relevant market rates, "with the hope that this goal can be achieved in the next several years."
 


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May 21, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 28
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Contents

New president
Professor named 19th president
Time is right for Tilghman
Reaction enthusiastic for new leader
Family comes first for new president
Shirley Tilghman bio

Life sciences
Search is on for genomics institute head
Silver: Doubling not necessarily troubling
Landweber tracks changes in genetic code
Virus leaves trail in brain for researchers

Students and alumni
Thesis sparks thriving teacher corps
Recent grad's first novel attracts attention
Student teaching builds bridges
New program preps local students for success

Other news
Merck funds professorship to honor alumnus
Hair colors literary, artistic representations
Class size makes a difference

People
Remaining discretionary funds to increase staff salaries
Doig announces retirement
Barron is new women's hoops coach
Spotlight
Briefs
Thirteen faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Sections
By the numbers: Reunions
Nassau Notes
Calendar of events


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