President Ross authorizes 2.25 percent lump-sum payment to CMU employees

Adam Niemi/Staff Photographer University president George Ross listens during the Board of Trustees meeting in the President's Conference Room inside the Bovee UC Thursday morning.

University President George Ross announced a one-time lump sum payment to certain employees in an email sent out Thursday morning.

Ross authorized a 2.25 percent, one-time lump sum payment for employees hired on or before June 30, 2011, who are in good standing and actively on payroll as of Feb. 16.

The email stated, "Many employee groups received a zero percent wage adjustment beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year or in the first year of their contract."

The groups affected are professional and administrative, office professional, public broadcasting, supervisory-technical, nonunion fixed-term faculty and senior officer groups. Ross said he will not receive the pay increase.

Because of the zero percent wage adjustment, Ross said the university avoided layoffs and furloughs, and was able to achieve the lowest tuition increase of the Michigan public institutions over the last two years.

The email also said in 2010 and 2012 the university was able to achieve "significant operational expense reductions, cost avoidance and other efficiencies."

Ross said in the email that the bonus was in recognition of the contributions of the professional and administrative, office professionals, public broadcasting, supervisory-technical, nonunion fixed-term faculty and senior office groups for accepting the zero percent adjustment in 2010-2011.

The payment will be distributed on the Feb. 29 semimonthly payroll and the March 1 biweekly payroll.

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