Indiana University communication workers have begun a push to garner public support for an increase in their salaries for the coming year. Last year IU granted communication workers a 3.5 percent raise, but Communication Workers Association President Peter Kaczmarczyk said the increase in pay did not keep up with inflation.
“The University was positioning itself to give us little or no raises this year,” Kaczmarczyk said. “We find that to be an unacceptable situation. Staff have to have raises that at least keep up with the cost of living, and we could really use something significantly more this year.”
IU Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Neil Theobald said it is too early to start talking about wages.
“First we need to find out what happens with the General Assembly, and they are schedule to recess the last day of April,” Theobald said. “If they don’t have a special session, we should know in May what our funding will be for the next academic year and we’ll be able to make some decisions on salaries. Until then, we really have no idea.”
Theobald said the school’s highest-paid employees are already under a salary freeze for the coming year. Employees making more that $100,000 a year will not be eligible for raises. In the meantime, Kaczmarczyk said he hopes to “stir up community interest,” with a press conference scheduled for Friday and a rally in the near future.