Communications Workers of America, Local 4730

Indiana University continues to ignore the needs of its support staff. While many departments have acted responsibly and creatively to avoid cutting staffing levels, it has only tempered the damage caused by having a workforce that is constantly overworked while being chronically underpaid.

The most recent Trustees meeting provided ample evidence that IU is willing to continue to fund buildings and faculty hires but not provide for the financial needs of its current employees.

"The most recent Trustees meeting provided ample evidence that IU is willing to continue to fund buildings and faculty hires but not provide for the financial needs of its current employees."

1) Virtually all of $28.1 million in new revenue is being put into new faculty hires.

2) $44 million was approved for a plan to "fancify" Briscoe that adds no capacity.

3) $1.5 million was approved to connect two buildings, knowing it is a short-term fix with little or no long-term value to that department or the university as a whole.

All of this comes on top of a fiscal year budget, approved by the Trustees and President McRobbie, that contained the following:

1) $144 million for new building construction.

2) Funds for approximately 100 faculty hires.

3) No raises for staff, with only a handful getting a $500 bonus that IU refused to put add onto base pay.

4) 50 percent cut in funding for all vacant staff positions.

Any attempts to justify these budget actions and goals based on the current economy fall under the weight of IU's own hypocrisy, most clearly illustrated by the fact that:

1) IU repeatedly claimed it could not take on more recurring baseline expense, such as a raise for staff, yet adds huge numbers of faculty, which all will require entail great huge amounts of recurring baseline expense for several years to come.

2) When Senator Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, threatened to cut funding for building projects, IU miraculously managed to come up with money to rebate to students earning good grades.

All of these facts paint a clear picture: Indiana University places far more value on buildings and rapid growth than it does on its support staff, and no amount of claims that, "The economy made them do it," can change the fact that they "find" the money for what they, or the Legislature, think they should spend it on.

For more information, contact cwa4730@indiana.edu.