UNH Salary Update: Status Quo
October 14, 2009
Last April, we sent a letter to the campus community explaining the need to institute a salary freeze as one of several steps to mitigate our serious budget challenges. At the time, we anticipated that this fall we’d know enough about our fiscal condition for the next year or two to be able to announce a schedule of salary increases. Unfortunately, that turns out to be not the case. Although we know our enrollments are up and believe the picture to be less bleak than some had feared, there are still sufficient uncertainties that the USNH Board of Trustees, the governing body that ultimately makes salary determinations, has decided to defer decisions on salary increases until their February 18, 2010 full board meeting.
Despite rising health care costs, we are pleased to inform you that for faculty and staff not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, there will be no percentage increase in employee contributions to benefits January 1, 2010, no plan design changes and the premium increase will be below double digits. Also, for eligible employees, UNH will again contribute $500 to each employee’s health reimbursement account.
As a side note, it is our understanding that a concern has been raised on campus about employee furloughs, a subject extensively covered by the media in the context of the State Employees Association (SEA) negotiations with the state. UNH employees are not state employees, are not affected by the SEA contract, and are not subject to the conditions of the contract.
Thank you for your patience and your continued hard work and commitment to the University of New Hampshire. We will communicate any updates as soon as they are available.
Mark W. Huddleston
Vice President for
Finance and Administration