On Aug. 19, 2012, Missouri Western’s Board of Governors approved the university’s FY2013 budget. It included a 2 percent salary increase for all of Western’s employees. It stipulates a minimum increase of at least $600 annual increase for every full time employee.
The pay increase went into effect July 1, 2012.
“We are very pleased that recent actions by Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri General Assembly as well as the generous support of our students, have provided the necessary resources to move forward in this way,” President Dr. Robert Vartabedian said in a memo to employees the day after the boards action.
There has been no pay increase for Western’s employees for over four years. Some employees were surprised when it was announced.
“It was not expected and definitely appreciated,” John Hopper said. Hopper is a carpenter at Western.
His colleague, Painter Bruce Parsley agreed with Hopper and said he was glad he received a raise. “It shows that we are appreciated.”
Both men also agreed that not only have they been given raises, but also Vartabedian had expressed appreciation during the four dry years by personal visits. There he would personally express the campus’ appreciation.
“It means a lot more than money when the president says ‘Good job,'” Parsley said.
Two percent or $600 per year may not seem like much, but most employees are happy to get any raise.
“We would love for it to be more, but I think people are pleased,” Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeanne Daffron said. “We are happy to do anything we can after four years of nothing.”
The pay increases are not exactly across the board. Salaries above $30,000 annually received a 2 percent increase. Full-time personnel making below $30,000 received a $600 annual increase. Employees that serve part time received a prorated increase. The salary increases only benefited those having worked at least 3 months prior to July 1, 2012.
Student workers did not receive a pay increase because they are paid from departmental budgets. Any approved raises would also come from the department’s budget.
“We are working on raises for student workers now,” Student Employment Coordinator Matthew Gregg said. “We are finishing the steps for the proposal now.”
Pay raises, if any, for student workers are expected to also be small but greatly appreciated. They too have seen next to no pay increases for a lengthy time. The greatest reason is that when departments agree to pay student workers more ,their budgets do not get increased automatically.
Increases in student workers’ pay lower the amount the departments can spend for other necessities.