Machen to decide soon on 3% faculty raise


Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.

University of Florida President Bernie Machen said Thursday that he plans to make a decision in the coming days about a 3 percent raise for faculty.

The raise is intended to offset a law passed last year requiring state workers to make a new 3 percent retirement contribution. UF implemented the offset for staff but Machen announced in November that he was delaying it for faculty, pending the resolution of a lawsuit by public employee unions challenging the retirement contribution.

With the lawsuit still not resolved, Machen told the Faculty Senate on Thursday that he wants to make a decision "in the next couple days." The raise would be effective in faculty members' March paychecks, he said.

"If we're going to do it, we've got to do it," he said.

In December, UF trustees gave Machen the authority to provide the raise in exchange for eliminating payouts that departing faculty have received for unused sick leave. Faculty with 10 years of experience who retired by June 30, 2016, would be exempted.

A member of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty assembly presented a resolution from that body asking for the exemption to be extended an additional five years. Machen said he would look at the idea but that it would be difficult to do.

Contact Nathan Crabbe at 338-3176 or nathan.crabbe@gvillesun.com. For more stories on the University of Florida, visit www.thecampussun.com.

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