Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-02-211
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O Weber State College See the Signature section starting on page 7 for the second part of the story on the honors program. Vol. 44 No. 33 Tuesday, February 21, 1984 0GMD) u u Faculty Senate Passes Salary Hike Package by Joan Wilcox Editor-in-Chief After nearly an hour of debate, the faculty senate approved a salary package that stresses merit pay rather than equity pay. This proposal will affect faculty salary only and, according to Dr. Richard Sadler, chairman of the salary committee, has no implications for staff pay. The senate also approved the amending of the faculty tuition benefit policy and the issuing of activity cards for spouses. In this Feb. 16 meeting, the faculty senate rejected the salary committee's original salary package. This proposal included an 8.3 percent faculty pay increase. This was generally approved by the senate. The point of dissension was the allotting of any additional faculty salary increases (over and above the 8.3 percent). It was on this point that the entire package was rejected. The original proposal apportioned additional salary money according to a priority based on equity: a 1.3 percent increase for full professors and a .5 percent increase for associate professors. As additional funds become available to the college, two to five percent of this money would be used to create a merit pay fund. ,The faculty senate, however, disagreed with this list of salary priorities. Debate ensued and the salary package was defeated. The senate then proposed its own list of priorities. These were approved and will make up the package submitted to the administration. The final proposal retained the 8.3 percent faculty increase but moved the merit fund ahead of equity pay. In the final version, two percent of additional monies will be set aside in a merit pay fund. These funds will be distributed to each school according to the number of faculty attached to that school. If additional salary money exists, then a 1.3 percent increase for full professors and a .5 percent increase for associate professors will be awarded. Any other salary funds will applied to the merit pay fund. In other business, the senate approved the amending of the faculty tuition benefit policy. The current policy defines a dependent according to the Internal Revenue Code guidelines. This definition will be struck from the policy. Benefits will be expanded through an addition that will extend the eligibilty of a dependent until his or her twenty-sixth birthday. Another addition to this tuition., policy is the expansion of benefits to cover the spouse and children of a deceased faculty or staff member. Conditions that apply are that the deceased employee must have been eligible for such benefits at the time of his or her death, must have been an employee at WSC in a position qualifying for tuition benefits for at least five years, and that benefits will terminate when the spouse remarries or is claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return. Benefits for children will be terminated upon the child's twenty-sixth birthday. The faculty senate also approved activity cards for the spouses of faculty Salary Only Prof. 1. Comparable In stitutions Average 2. Weber State College Average 33.6 30.5 3. Average Difference (2 minus 1) (3.1) 4. Number of Faculty Members 5. Total Difference (3x4) 124 t-t . -.o. i7vfc-r-T -V m A ; . - - ... 7 ; V ; .... ' -yr i -fi ft -i -i c'tv 'fSi'n rinTi A workman moves the blocks he has knocked out of the wall. Laborers have been working for the past week to remove the wall separating the old Signpost photoBob George barbershop from the games center to make way for a new video game room. The video game room will be ready for use in the near future. members. The cards will be issued on a voluntary basis and will cost $2.50. These cards will allow the spouse the same privileges as the faculty member. The faculty defeated a motion to deduct the cost of an "A" parking sticker from each faculty member's pay, which would allow faculty members to simply pick up a sticker each year without worrying about payment. The proposal was killed because the majority of the senate felt that the pay deduction would be unfair to those faculty members who do not need or want parking stickers. SalaryCompensation Comparability Analysis Weber State College 1982-83 (In Thousands of Dollars) Assoc. Prof. 27.4 26.5 (1.9) 77 Assist. Prof. 22.8 22.3 (0.5) 114 Instr. 18.8 17.5 (1.3) 45 Total Prof. Total Compensation 1. Comparable Institutions Average 41.9 2. Weber State College Average 38.8 3. Average Difference (2 minus 1) (3.1) 4. Number of Faculty Members 124 Assoc. Prof. 34.1 32.7 (1.4) ' 77 Assist. Prof. 28.0 28.7 (0.7) 114 Instr. 23.1 22.8 0.3 45 ' Total (384.4) (146.3) (57.0) (58.5) (646.2) 5. Total Difference (3x4( (384.4) (107.'8) (79.8) (13.5) (425.9) The faculty salary committee provided documentation of WSC's below average salary status to the faculty senate on Feb. 16. The chart above outlines the salary inequity faced by WSC professors. A salary increase package addressing the problem has been approved and will be presented to the administration.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1984-02-21, Vol. 44, No. 33|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|