Update: 1 percent wage increases approved

The Joint Committee on Employment Relations today approved Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal for a 1 percent wage increase in each of the next two years for state employees, including UW–Madison employees. The committee also approved a compensation plan for classified employees.

For most UW–Madison employees, the pay increase is the first since 2008, said Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell.

“We are pleased that the governor and legislators recognize the valuable contribution state employees make to the economic vitality and quality of life in Wisconsin,” Bazzell said. “While some may say that the increase is not enough, it must be acknowledged that the state has had to overcome difficult fiscal circumstances in recent years.”

All employees who are performing satisfactorily will receive the increase, Bazzell said.

“An increase for UW–Madison employees is well deserved and overdue,” said Chancellor David Ward. “We are hopeful that today’s announcement is the first step of many in maintaining a competitive compensation environment.”

The pay increases will take effect on July 1.

Due to multi-tiered employee categories at UW–Madison, there will be differences in when faculty, academic staff and classified employees first see the increase reflected in their paychecks.

Gov. Walker sent a message to state agencies with information about the proposed pay package. The governor’s message can be read here < >.

For individual questions, employees are encouraged to contact their respective human resources offices.