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Supporting Senate Bill 688/House Bill 925, funding of the Comprehensive Compensation Package



June 6, 1996


WHEREAS, the Mission of the Employee Forum is to address constructively the concerns of the Employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and


WHEREAS, those concerns certainly include the receipt of regular and appropriate salary increases, as a means of meeting the cost of living and of receiving tangible reward for having attained proficiency, expertise and a high level of quality in one’s work; and


WHEREAS, the diligence and excellence of the Employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been recognized on many occasions publicly and before this body by members of the Administration and the State Legislature; and


WHEREAS, in light of this recognized excellence Employees’ salaries should at least maintain parity with the consumer price index for inflation and the growth of income for the average North Carolinian; and


WHEREAS, State Employees’ salary increases have averaged less than two-thirds the consumer price index and 45 percent of the average personal growth income in North Carolina over the past 30 years (with EPA non-teaching Employees faring somewhat better and SPA Employees somewhat worse); and


WHEREAS, this situation has concurrently created insufficient incentive for the retention of strong Employees in competition with a strong local corporate sector, leading many newly hired Employees to leave within their first two years of service; and


WHEREAS, the North Carolina General Assembly has already acknowledged the consistent need for these increases by passage of the Comprehensive Compensation Package, though without the provision of fiscal support;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Employee Forum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill strongly recommends funding of the Comprehensive Compensation Package as outlined in SB 688/HB 925, and funded such that cost-of-living increases are at least equal to the consumer price index and total salary increase is on par with North Carolina personal income growth (components to include merit, cost of living, equity/career growth, longevity and any bonuses);


AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Forum requests that the Chancellor and his Administration convey and support the concepts of this resolution in dealings with the University’s General Administration, and the North Carolina State Legislature.

Signed on behalf of the Delegates of the Employee Forum


Ann Hamner, Chair

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