PIO Compensation Summary, 2013-2016
To help you better understand the wage provisions of our new contract, we have prepared the following summary of the contractual language and its projected impact on part-time faculty members. Here are the key provisions of Article 19 (Compensation):
“19.1 Salary Minima. The minimum salary per credit hour shall be as follows:
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
Per Credit Hour: $800.00 $825.00 $850.00
19.2. Lump Sum Payment. Employees who had continuing status as of February 2013, and who earned $825 per credit hour or less in total pay in their most recent semester or session, and who are reappointed during the 2013-14 contract year, will be paid a lump sum payment of $25 for each semester or session they are employed as a part-time instructor during the 2013-14 contract year. This payment will be made no later than the third paycheck of the semester or session.
19.7. Tuition Discount Program. In support of professional development for Employees, Western shall provide a 100% discount on tuition, records initiation fee, enrollment fee, student assessment fee and EUP technology fee for graduate and undergraduate courses taken by the Employee at Western Michigan University. The discount is applicable to the first four (4) hours, but shall not apply to individual course or lab fees. Accepting the tuition discount for non-job-related graduate courses may create tax liability for the Employee.”
IMPACT OF NEW COMPENSATION PLAN
Currently, as this chart indicates, rates of pay per credit hour vary greatly among part-time faculty members. The greatest proportion, 67%, earns less than $820 per credit hour, while 11% of inst ructors earn more than $921 per credit hour.
Given these disparities, the PIO bargaining team pursued a strategy to increase minimum pay for the lowest paid instructors as much as possible over the next three years.
Under this new compensation plan, 64% of part-time instructors will see a total pay increase greater than 5%, and 17% will see an increase greater than 10% from 2013 to 2016.
In order to increase total pay for our lowest paid instructors, however, the highest-paid instructors will see no increase in minimum pay, but are free as always to negotiate increases directly with their department.
As the chart below indicates, the highest-paid quartile of part-time faculty currently earns more than $1,000 per credit hour, on average. This amount will increase slightly in 2013 and remain constant through 2016. The mean, median and minimum will increase for all part-time instructors over the same time.
Follow these simple steps below to compute your new pay rate for the 2013-2014 academic year:
- Identify your most recent rate of pay per credit hour, this information will be included in your appointment letters
- Add $20 per credit hour to this amount, to include the base increase replacing the wellness benefit
- If your NEW rate of pay per credit hour is less than $800, it will automatically be bumped up to $800 per credit hour in fall 2013
- If you have CONTINUING STATUS, and your NEW rate of pay per credit hour is LESS than $825 per credit hour, you will receive a one-time lump sum bonus of $25 in each semester/session you teach in the 2013-2014 academic year. This amount is NOT added to your rate of pay per credit hour. Continuing status is attained when an instructor teaches in two consecutive academic years in the same academic unit.
As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this information. Thanks!