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President Mark Huddleston on Salary Increase for Non-Union Employees

July 7, 2010

The USNH Board of Trustees voted at its June 24, 2010, meeting to approve a 2 percent across-the-board salary increase for all eligible status employees, as defined by BOT guidelines, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010. Staff can expect to see the increase in paychecks sometime in September.

At the same meeting the board voted to accept a tentative agreement with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) that calls for faculty to receive a 2.5 percent salary increase, also effective Jan. 1, 2010.

I want to assure you that this was not an easy set of decisions. In fact, both Trustee Hank Stebbins and I stressed to the full board that it needs to support equitable salary increases for faculty and staff. I feel very strongly that all employees should be recognized and treated equitably because I know everyone is contributing to the success of this institution.

It remains a goal of this administration as well as a long-term priority of the university to keep faculty and staff salaries competitive with their respective markets. While there will be variations from year to year for one or the other based on the timing of contract negotiations and economic conditions, that overall long-term commitment to fairness remains unwavering. The board, with my support, reluctantly agreed to the additional 0.5 percent increase for faculty as a result of the independent fact finder’s recommendation that found it necessary to keep faculty salaries competitive.

There is no doubt these are difficult times. Please know your dedication and contributions to this great institution and its students are immensely appreciated. I pledge to you that I will work to keep the university an employer of choice for both faculty and staff as we move forward.

 


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