Salary increases for GTAs
I am pleased to report that the impasse regarding GTA compensation has ended. Last week the University received the report of an independent fact finder who conducted a hearing on February 1. The fact finder made recommendations to resolve issues related to the Memorandum of Agreement between the University and the Kansas Association of Public Employees, which represents KU GTAs. The report supported the University’s plan to increase the merit salary pool for GTAs at the same rate provided for faculty salaries.
Because wages are a mandatory topic in negotiations, the University was not able to provide merit increases while negotiations were in progress. Thus, GTA salaries have not increased since Academic Year 2004-2005. The University has held two years of merit increases at 5.5% per year in a reserve account pending the fact finder’s resolution., We now will transfer the funds from that reserve to the academic units so that all GTAs who are currently on the payroll will receive a merit-based increase from the 11.3% (5.5% compounded over two years) merit salary pool.
We already have begun collecting new salary information from the various departments in which GTAs are appointed. Because this is a meet and confer issue, the new Memorandum of Agreement must be approved by the Kansas Department of Administration and the Board of Regents before implementation. However, the University expects to obtain approval at the Regents meeting scheduled for April 18-19, 2007. Accordingly, the University intends is to make the salary increases effective with the pay period beginning April 22, 2007. After the required salary information has been collected from academic units, Human Resources/ Equal Opportunity (HR/EO) will notify you of your revised salary rate for the remainder of the academic year.
Thank you for your service to the University of Kansas.
Richard W. Lariviere
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor