PolitiFact rates UW System’s 18% salary gap claim as ‘true’

President Kevin Reilly, the head of the University of Wisconsin System, says it’s high time for employee pay raises after several years of freezes, cuts and furloughs. “We will all pay the price in lost talent and sliding reputation” unless UW starts closing a pay gap between it and peer institutions nationally, Reilly told the Board of Regents in December. He set the faculty shortfall at 18 percent below market. ‘PolitiFact,’ the fact-checking reporting project published by the state’s largest newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, ran the numbers and endorsed Reilly’s math as being on target. Read more.