March 6, 2003
Pay raises, benefits set for bargaining unit employees
Iowa State's bargaining unit employees will receive pay hikes of 2
percent on July 1, 2003, and, if they aren't at the top of their pay
grades, another 4.5 percent increase during the year -- on the
anniversary dates of their hiring.
Their pay raises were set in the recently completed contract agreement
between state officials and the state employees who are members of
AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees).
Iowa State's approximately 1,700 AFSCME members serve in clerical,
technical, blue collar and security positions.
Effective Jan. 1, 2004, the new contract also increases the state's
contribution to family insurance plans from 80 percent to 82 percent,
adds a mail order prescription drug program and provides domestic
Effective Jan. 1, 2005, the contract adds an additional 2 percent pay
hike, increases the family medical insurance plan to 85 percent,
and expands dental coverage.
The university will spend approximately $6.3 million to fund the pay
raises and health cost increases for bargaining unit employees, said
ISU vice president for business and finance Warren Madden.
Pay hikes for other ISU employees will not be determined for several
months. Iowa lawmakers set pay hikes for state workers as part of an
appropriations bill that is generally completed in late
ISU officials hope the Legislature will provide full funding for
salary increases. ISU President Gregory Geoffroy said full funding for
salary increases is Iowa State's top legislative priority.
Geoffroy said he will look to his Advisory Committee on Budget and
Planning for advice and recommendations as university officials deal
with what appears to be another tight budget year. The committee's
task is make recommendations on improving the effectiveness and
efficiency of Iowa State and to ensure that budget priorities are in
line with university goals.
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