CWA Local 4730
The Communications Workers of America at Indiana University (CWA Local 4730) does welcome the decision of the Indiana University Board of Trustees and President Michael McRobbie for the modest 3 percent pay increase this fiscal year. We applaud their recognition that staff have contributed greatly in maintaining the world class status of Indiana University that has allowed Indiana University the ability to have record enrollments, $600 million in research grants and the ability to raise money for building projects.
However, CWA 4730 also believes that our mobilizations, rallying many sectors on the campus throughout the preceding months since last fiscal year, have contributed greatly in this decision.
"Indiana University trustees need to promote livable wages on campus here in Bloomington and Indiana University Northwest."
Many Indiana University employees continue to suffer and take second and third jobs to pay the bills. Indiana University employees are facing increased parking fees, health care costs and other costs associated with employee benefits.
Three percent is a positive step in the right direction, but it does not go far enough. Indiana University trustees need to promote livable wages on campus here in Bloomington and Indiana University Northwest.
Indiana University support staff continue to be paid less compared to other support staff in the Big Ten. Last year, without a pay raise, support staff had to weather the economic turmoil with less.
Support staff with families had to make do with less, some even going to community pantries to feed their families. In this time of price increases, many support staff struggle to survive.
The Trustees and President McRobbie should take note that even depriving support staff of a livable pay increase can take a great toll on support staff and their families.
For more information
Bryce Smedley - CWA 4730 President, 812-340-5933
Kimberly Goy - CWA 4730 Staff Representative, email@example.com