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Update on pay zone minimum review; committee to present report Jan. 16

The advisory committee on classified staff pay zone minimums reports that it is on schedule to make its recommendations to the administration Jan. 16.

The recommendations are to be given to Richard Norman, vice president for finance and business services, for review. He is expected to announce a decision in mid-February. The increases are to go into effect March 13.

The committee’s report to Norman will be publicized in the Jan. 22 issue of The Miami University Report.

The current review is a regular part of the university’s broad banding classification and compensation program. The last time such a review occurred was in 2001, when minimums went up 8 percent. This year, the collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME calls for pay minimums in each of 10 zones to increase by at least 5 percent.

Cody Powell, chair of the eight-person advisory committee, explained that the committee’s charge is to base its recommendations on current market data. The data being studied – much of it obtained from companies that specialize in providing "verified compensation data," – has been gathered using accepted professional standards.

This purchased data allows the committee to accurately compare hourly rates in Miami’s recruitment area, said Powell, explaining that employees at two universities may have the same job title (for example, janitor) but responsibilities for each position might be much different.

"Verified compensation data sorts out such situations and allows the committee to make ‘apple to apple’ comparisons," he said.

The committee includes two members appointed by Local 209 of the AFSCME, two from the classified personnel advisory committee (CPAC) and four by the vice president for finance and business services.

Committee members include Greg Burnett, physical facilities; Sandra Clemmons, parking and transportation services; Rick Devine, service learning and civic leadership; Randy Marcum, physical facilities; Tom Mobley, management department; Irene Pierce, naval science; Cody Powell, physical facilities; and Judi Webb, information technology services.

Staff support is being provided by ex officio members Denise Ison and Kate Stoss, both of the personnel office.

Date Published: 01/15/2004
Volume: 23   Number: 20


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