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IU Union Asks McRobbie To Give Up Pay Raise

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.

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