As University of California students head back to school paying tuition nearly 10 percent higher than last year, UC employees are starting the new school year with news that they could get a raise.
UC President Mark Yudof sent a letter to campus chancellors today outlining the details of a merit increase program that will provide staff members earning under $200,000 and faculty at all salary levels a shot at a 3 percent raise.
"One purpose of this pool is to give you a tool in your efforts to recruit and, most importantly, retain leading faculty members, who increasingly are being courted by competing institutions," Yudof wrote. "As I have said on many occasions, University quality cannot be compromised, and our excellent professors and researchers are the fountainhead of that quality."
Yudof added that staff who are not unionized have not received merit or cost-of-living increases in nearly four years, while most staff represented by unions have received the increases called for in their contracts. "Fairness dictates that we take this step," he wrote.
UC spokesman Steve Montiel said all professors who receive a positive performance evaluation this fall will get a 3 percent raise. Non-academic staff members who are not represented by unions will receive raises between zero and 6 percent, he said, depending on how they are rated on their performance reviews.
Find Yudof's letter below: