IU Union Asks McRobbie To Give Up Pay Raise

An IU union called on president Michael McRobbie to give up part of the pay increase Wednesday. The 12 percent pay hike had been built into his contract.

IU President Michael McRobbie

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The union representing Indiana University support staff called on IU president Michael McRobbie to give up the majority of the 12 percent salary increase he’s due to receive in the upcoming school year.

IU’s Communication Workers of America Local 4730 issued a statement Wednesday denouncing the salary increase, saying McRobbie could personally save the jobs of 10 library employees the university laid off today.

“It’s really hard for people to understand how you can give yourself a raise one week and then you turn around and let the most vulnerable employees lose their jobs permanently,” union president Bryce Smedley said.

In June, IU’s Board of Trustees approved pay increases of between 1.5 and 3 percent for university employees. Departments can distribute those raises based on employee merit.

Purdue president France Córdova received a 3.5 percent raise in July.

Kyle Stokes

Kyle Stokes joined WFIU/WTIU in 2011 as an education reporter and blogger for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative reporting venture between WFIU and NPR News. He comes to Bloomington from Columbia, Mo., where he was a producer and reporter for NPR member station KBIA-FM and NBC affiliate KOMU-TV. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Stokes is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and an even prouder Minnesota Twins fan.

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