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IU Employees Wear Black in Solidarity

Indiana University Faculty and staff wanting raises have organized to raise awareness about the lack of pay increases on campus. Supporters of the event wore black, but there was a larger message they wanted to get across to administrators.

Bryce Smedley, Local CWA 4730 Union President, said employees have been patient for two years, and that’s long enough. “Enrollment is growing, new building projects continue all over campus, the individuals such as, support staff, faculty, and professional staff attribute to this growth,” said Smedley. “We’re suffering in this economy and we need a pay raise.”

IU Chief Financial Officer Neil Theobald said if the state’s financial situation continues to improve and fall enrollment remains strong, then President McRobbie’s goal is to bring to the Board of Trustees a proposal to provide immediate salary increases to IU employees.

But Smedley said that though employees are happy to have a job, one paycheck isn’t enough to cover all the bills. “Utilities and the cost of parking are going up, to name a few items, and so we need raises to compensate for these things, essentially we’re suffering just like Hoosiers all around the state,” said Smedley.

Theobald says though the raises aren’t a sure thing yet, he is becoming increasingly hopeful continued improvements to the state’s finances will make them a reality.

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