by Gloria Diaz
University of La Verne employees expressed their discontent for a salary proposal that cuts benefits and calls for differential pay among disciplines in an open forum Wednesday.
President Stephen Morgan and the compensation task force explained the main points of the plan set to take effect July 1. Some ULV faculty disapproved of separating faculty into four groups based on academic discipline and paying the disciplines in the first group less than those in the last group. Other faculty members questioned if the plan adequate enough to bring employee salaries close to target pay.
Since last year, President Morgan and the task force have been working with employees to find an agreeable plan that will raise salaries.
Tuition remission and retirement benefits sparked a heated discussion, as these benefits are in jeopardy of being reduced under the new plan.
It was suggested to the task force that tuition remission be granted upon hire rather than waiting one year after hire as the plan proposes.
At the meeting, President Morgan announced that the proposal is scheduled to go to the Board of Trustees when they meet April 25. He assured employees that he, along with the task force, welcomes any suggestions and alternatives. If the Board of Trustees approves the plan in April, the plan will take effect on July 1.