UT Employees Will Get a Bit More than 1.6 Percent Raise (but not at Regents?)

Pushing for better pay at the University of Tennessee, members of United Campus Workers at a midday Wednesday rally heard some good news, reports the News Sentinel.
Their pay raise, budgeted last week by the state Legislature, just got a little bit larger. “We found out confirmation this morning that … the UT system has approved a 2 percent increase across the board with a $1,000 minimum,” UCW-CWA President Tom Anderson said after the small gathering at the Torchbearer statue, synchronized with UCW events at 11 other colleges.
The General Assembly passed a budget on Saturday night that included $45 million in higher-education capital improvements and delayed maintenance funding as well as a 1.6 percent pay raise for employees. Although this was an improvement, Anderson said he’d hoped for a more noticeable pay raise.

Meanwhile, in Memphis…
The University of Memphis’ lowest-paid employees, who polish floors, empty trash and clean bathrooms, demonstrated Wednesday for equitable pay raises that move them closer to a living wage, reports the Commercial Appeal.
A dozen or so employees gathered on Central near Patterson to press their case for the low-paid employees to receive bigger pay raises than 1.6 percent approved by the General Assembly in May.
Waving signs proclaiming “Living Wage Now,” they aimed their plea at U of M administrators and Tennessee Board of Regents officials who will decide how state money will be parceled out. The informational picket came amid rumblings the University of Tennessee system is looking at minimum pay raises well above 1.6 percent.
The event was staged by United Campus Workers, which is working to form a union at U of M, the Workers Interfaith Network of the Mid-South, a social justice organization, and the U of M’s Progressive Student Alliance.

One thought on “UT Employees Will Get a Bit More than 1.6 Percent Raise (but not at Regents?)

  1. GOBUCS!

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. The Rally for Fair Pay Raises was a state-wide event for United Campus Workers, and East Tennessee State University, as well as the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, participated.

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