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May 30th, 2013 at 09:57 am

All of my university dept colleagues got a very odd letter yesterday that no one could figure out. We've been strongly advocating for more money. If I told you what I was paid, you'd weep. Really. It's why even during the busy semester virtually everyone has extra jobs. Anyway, seven years ago the university agreed to pay people a very small amount ($300 annually) every year to support retention. No one has received any kind of a non-title raise in almost 10 years, so even that small amount was welcome. Well, two years later, they just stopped paying it. No explanation, no nothing.

Every time we asked about it, we were told the money was just no longer available. Yet there seemed, for a while, to be money available for new hires getting paid more than we were. They like to call this salary compression. I guess I have another name for it.

Our department chair told us there was no money, and morale has been very low. A good friend who just won a teaching award told the chancellor--at a planned photo op--that she was quitting because she couldn't afford to work here anymore. So, out of the blue yesterday we all received a letter saying that they'd start this again. And some of it--though how they figured it is very bizarre--will be paid retroactively--very very slowly. To make up for years of NOT paying it, they'll add another $50 each year. Now that may make up for it by the time I retire. But a whopping $233 extra landed in my June 1 paycheck. I know I should be happy about it, and I sort of am, but it again raises the issue of how lousy it is there. Sigh.

8 Responses to “Some Good News”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Are you an adjunct professor?

  2. My English Castle Says:

    yep, I am CB. With a PhD and 15 years teaching experience. I made double what I make here when I was a 20-something in brokerage with a BA. I really love the work, but man, the pay is sometimes a big issue.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is good news about the extra money!

    I hear you about not being paid well ... I signed my contract here for next year and received an approximate 1% raise ... which equates to about $3/pay period extra before taxes ... All I can say is that it's a good thing I'm not here for the money!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Yikes, Laura, that's pretty bad. I love my job, like you, I suspect. But for me, it's just not a liveable wage, and when the university wants us to do all this service work doing the teaching year, and then reneges on all their promises, it just feels so wrong. I think I'm under my summer money worry pressure now with my class canceled and a heavy load of home repairs. I just feel like the administration is very out of touch with the reality of the teaching life.

  5. sarah Says:

    Not all of the campuses are even doing this. Non title raises are unheard of in the rest of the Wisconsin campuses.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Sarah--I know! And this certainly isn't a raise--it's just supposedly an attempt to live up to their 2006 plan.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    I certainly feel like the adjuncts are exploited on my campus, too.

  8. My English Castle Says:

    Thanks, CB. There's certainly a multi-tier system in place and it's not very apparent to the outside world.

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