President Huddleston Announces Salary Increase

President Huddleston Announces Salary Increase

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Colleagues,

I am pleased to share word of our FY13 salary increase program for non-union staff, as well as the restoration of a percentage point in the standard university contribution toward retirement savings for non-union faculty and staff.

As I observed in my State of the University remarks on Oct.11, the settlement of the contract with the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors last spring has improved our ability to recruit and retain the outstanding faculty who are the heart of a University of New Hampshire education. We now have the opportunity to make a similar investment in our staff.

We will provide a 2.0 percent across-the-board salary increase for non-union staff, effective Jan. 1, 2013. This increase will enable us to increase salary ranges for all benefits-eligible positions inclusive of professional and technical, academic administrators, operating staff, Extension educators, and faculty and librarians not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

In addition, there will be a 0.75 percent pool available for merit increases at the discretion of managers. This merit increase will recognize achievement toward goals, accomplishment of work assignments, and the acquisition of new or enhanced skills, as documented by the supervisor.

Salary increases will be reflected in the Jan. 4, 2013 paycheck for PAT, academic administrators, Extension educators, post-doctoral research and teaching associates, and non-AAUP faculty.  Operating staff increases will be reflected in the January 11, 2013 paycheck.

Finally, effective Dec.1, the University will restore the one percentage point contribution to employee retirements that was lost effective July 1, 2011 as part of the Total Rewards benefits adjustments. Thus, the University will return to a 10 percent match for employees who contribute six percent of their salaries. This step is taken to preserve equity with faculty, who retain a 10 percent standard University contribution in their recent contract. This adjustment to the standard University contribution will be made automatically; no action is required of employees to implement it. 

I want to reiterate my heartfelt appreciation for the work of the faculty and staff who have maintained and even strengthened our programs in the face of very difficult economic circumstances and despite painful and necessary reductions in force. Our students have benefited from your extraordinary dedication. As a community, we take great pride in your work. 

Sincerely,

 Mark Huddleston

President