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Salary Issues

Salary Issues

How does UVM's FY15 salary increase budget of 2.25% compare with increases planned by other local and national employers?

UVM's non-represented staff received an FY15 increase of 2.25%. National survey results from our private and public peers in higher education show an estimated average salary increase of 2.35%, though many schools show no increase at all. Similar surveys covering a broad spectrum of organizations nationally (public and private, union and non-union) show an estimated average salary increase of 2.97%. Data available for large employers in Vermont shows an estimated average salary increase of 1.56% for the same time period. Here's the most current information available:

  UVM Minimum "Across-the-Board" Increase UVM Salary Budget Average Increase Among Peer Institutions Average Increase Nationally
FY15 2.25%
FY13 2.00%
FY12 0.00%
FY 11 2.00%*
FY 10 2.00%*
*In FY10 and FY11, non-represented staff earning more than $75,000 a year received no salary increase.

How does UVM’s FY15 salary increase budget of 2.25% compare with estimated national increases in the cost of living or Consumer Price Index?

National sources estimate that the Consumer Price Index will increase by approximately 2.0%. If that happens, the cost of buying essential goods will increase by approximately 2.0% as compared with a 2.25% salary increase budget.

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How do UVM staff salaries compare to the market?

Using all the staff titles that we are able to match in local surveys, (i.e., twelve represented staff titles and nine non-represented staff titles), we compared UVM average salaries against survey average data and found:

Average Represented UVM Staff Salaries vs. Market 98%
Average Non-Represented UVM Staff Salaries vs. Market 102%

How do salary increase budgets for non-represented staff compare with increase budgets for union employees?

For the budget year beginning July 1, 2014 (FY15), the salary increase budget is 2.25% for those represented by the United Electrical Workers (UE), and the Teamsters. This is the same as the increase budget for non-represented staff. Here is the overview of the last several years:

 Across-the-Board Increases Salary Increase for Non-Represented Staff Salary Increase for Teamsters Salary Increase for United Electrical Workers
FY15 2.25% 2.25% 2.25%
FY14 2.9% 2.9% 2.5%
FY13 2.0% 2.0% 2.0%
FY12 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
FY 11 2.0% 1.5% 2.0%
FY 10 2.0% 1.0 to 3.5%* 2.0%
    * depending on title and length of service

How do salary increases work?

Typically, every employee who is not represented by a bargaining unit (and who has not been advised about poor performance) is entitled to receive the "across-the-board" salary increase, as provided in the University's Staff Wage and Salary Guidelines.

There are many factors that influence an employee's annual salary increase, including job performance and the market for a particular skill set. If there are significant market or salary compression problems in a particular unit, the department leadership may decide to use a portion of the salary budget in any given year to address those problems, or they may request additional funding.

Human Resource Services staff monitor all staff fiscal year increases to ensure that each non-represented staff member (who has not been advised of poor performance) receives the across-the-board increase. The Financial Analysis and Budgeting Office monitors salary budgets to ensure that the full UVM salary budget is spent on staff fiscal year increases.

Staff should feel free to discuss questions regarding the annual increase with their supervisor. If performance problems are an issue, Human Resource Services (656-3150) can assist with strategies for improving performance. If an employee is having personal problems that are impacting job performance, confidential counseling can be obtained by contacting the University's Employee Assistance Program at 800-828-6025.

Can a union negotiate salary increases? If so, what might the outcome be?

Because a union brings no new salary money to the bargaining table, all salary increases must come from University resources. Salary increases are among the many items that would be negotiated between a union and the University. Like anything else on the bargaining table, no one can say how these negotiations would turn out. Salary increases for represented employees could be higher than, the same as, or lower than the pay increases for non-represented staff, depending on the outcome of negotiations.

Can a union guarantee wage and salary increases in excess of what the University has been able to provide to date?

No. Neither the University nor the union can guarantee the outcome of salary negotiations. As stated above, salary increases for union employees may be the same, higher, or lower than increases for non-represented employees, depending on the outcome of negotiations.

How will union dues affect my pay?

If a union wins the election, you will be required to pay dues or the collective bargaining service fee (also known as an "agency fee"). Union dues for represented employees are sometimes calculated as a percentage of income, and sometimes charged as a flat rate. Union dues for faculty and staff at UVM currently average approximately 1% of annual salary. At that rate, an individual making $40,000 could expect to pay approximately $400 a year in union dues.

Should you choose not to join the union and pay dues, you would still be part of the bargaining unit and be represented by the union, and you would, under new Vermont regulations, be required to pay the collective bargaining service fee, which can be as much as 85% of the dues. Whether you choose to pay dues or are required to pay the collective bargaining service fee, the appropriate amount can be deducted from each paycheck, if the union negotiates a payroll deduction plan for collecting dues and fees.