Campus News - January 29, 2001
Staff, faculty call for equal pay raises.
By Steve Carr
The UNM Staff Council and Faculty Senate both passed a resolution recently
at their respective meetings calling for faculty and staff raises to be increased
by the same percentage. The resolution, forwarded to President William C. Gordons
office, will now be presented to the New Mexico State Legislature.
Im excited that the Staff Council and Faculty Senate can work together
on issues like pay parity that affect both the staff and faculty, said
Barbara Gabaldon, speaker for Staff Council. This really shows that we
consider each other peers and that UNM is a great place to work.
The resolution states that faculty and staff at UNM are each integral to the
mission and the success of the University and that student success is highly
dependent upon the quality of the faculty and staff at the institution. In the
past, the Legislature has proposed differing salary increase for faculty and
The resolution goes on to state that employees at New Mexico colleges and universities
are paid less than their peers and this adversely affects recruiting, hiring
and retention of quality faculty and staff, which in turn affects student success.
Comparative data has clearly shown that faculty salaries are about 10 percent
behind that of their peers, while staff salaries lag behind an average of 12
percent among their peers.
The faculty and staff have endorsed the UNM administration in its efforts to
maintain parity between faculty and staff salaries with regard to proposed legislative
salary increases from the 2001 New Mexico State Legislature.
The resolution has been sent to President Gordon, the Board of Regents
and we hope faculty and staff support UNMs position for pay parity and
also for the proposed pay increase thats before the legislature,
said Gabaldon. I think when individual faculty and staff talk to their
legislators they will find that a group of faculty and staff support the resolution
as opposed to individual support and thats what the people here at UNM
UNM Staff Council Establishes Office
The UNM Staff Council has established a support office for the Council. The
office, located at 311 Hokona Zuni, is staffed by an administrative assistant
and serves to provide all administrative support for the Council. In addition,
the office coordinates the calendar for the President of the Council as well
as the Councils Executive Committee.
The office is in the process of setting up a resource room for Councilors and
Staff, which will include videos, books and other UNM reference materials. The
telephone number for the office is 277-1532 and the fax number is 277-8822.
The Councils website is at http://www.unm.edu/~stafcom.
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Copyright ©1998 The University of New Mexico.
Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Affairs Department
Hodgin Hall, 2nd floor
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0011
Telephone: (505) 277-5813, Fax: (505) 277-1981