OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Many University of California faculty and staff members will be getting their first pay raises in nearly four years.

In a letter to chancellors Wednesday, UC President Mark Yudof explained how departments should distribute merit pay money approved by the Board of Regents in November.

UC spokesman Steve Montiel says $140 million will be handed out system-wide to non-union faculty and staff members who earn less than $200,000.

Yudof says the merit pay is needed to help retain leading academics who are being courted by competing institutions.

He says the university needs to compensate employees who have not received raises in almost four years and were furloughed two years ago because of budget cuts.

Officials say most union-covered employees got negotiated pay raises during the fiscal crisis.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (8)
  1. M says:

    Why? Damn I work for the State and I can’t remember the last time they gave a real raise, what makes these faculty members so special, heck they actually got a raise 4 years ago be happen. All the ones making 200K+ – highway robbery.

    1. D says:

      Because they have a pHD or graduate degree and undertake research to bring grants in for the UC system.

  2. Uncle Bob says:

    Another example of the State operating as if money grew on trees. They simply do not understand the concept that “you cannot give what you do not have”.

  3. TGMB says:

    Oh Gee the poor people that make over $200K may not get a raise. I guess they will retire at 50 and live off the rest of us.

  4. Mace says:

    LOL U have to be a member of the good ole boys club for that kind of raise LOL

  5. Jeremy says:

    The employees need to be compensated? What about the students?! The UC and CSU systems care more about money than they do students. Yeah, let’s give them more lavish raises and cut more student services and increase fees further.

  6. rerusconi says:

    My take is: if the faculty of the UC is concerned about their students. They will take a cut in pay, not an increase. My daugheter graduated recently,
    But she has yet to find a job. When graduates do not find a jopb, why should faculty be compsated????
    Something is wrong here?

  7. Milan Moravec says:

    California Democrats, Republicans face mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. No layoff or wage reductions for Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty during longest deepest recession.

    University of California Board of Regents approve salary increases for Faculty Chancellors.

    Send your opinion to Regents dianne.griffiths@ucop.edu

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