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Gannett Wisconsin to launch updated series on public employee pay

Gannett Wisconsin Media is gearing up for another installment of its “What We Pay” investigative series that examines the salaries of public employees. As Log readers may remember, the initial series was published in January, along with online and in-print lists of what public employees earn. The series generated discussion around the merits of posting such a sizable list of individuals’ salaries, and also served as the basis for a column from Chancellor Tom Harden that ran in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. In it, Harden pointed out that the series confirmed what officials long have known — many UW System (and specifically UW-Green Bay) employees are underpaid. Steps have been taken to address the issue, with the completion of a compensation study and related adjustments that recently took effect for some University employees.

In a column published Sunday (Aug. 11), Gannett Wisconsin editor John Ferak writes about the next phase of the series, which will include an updated database and will be expanded to include legislative and judicial staff members who were not included the first time around. A video overview and the newest online salary databases are expected to be posted Wednesday (Aug. 14) on Gannett Wisconsin websites including the Press-Gazette’s, with accompanying stories in print Sunday, Aug. 18 and Monday, Aug. 19.

You can check out Ferak’s column, along with Harden’s column from January, by clicking the links below:
John Ferak column
Chancellor Tom Harden column

A forum on the UW-Green Bay compensation study

Already emailed to all employees but repeated here for the record:
 The Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Compensation Steering Committee invite you to a Universitywide forum to discuss the Fox & Lawson Compensation Study and the salary adjustments the University is making as a result of this study. This forum is scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in the Christie Theater. This session will be recorded and available online for those who cannot attend. In addition, a second forum will be scheduled at the beginning of the academic year (late August).

Harden’s ‘What We Pay’ guest column runs in Post-Crescent

Chancellor Tom Harden’s guest column on Gannett Wisconsin Media’s “What We Pay” series continues to make the rounds, appearing Tuesday (Jan. 22) in the Post-Crescent of Appleton. As we told you here before, Harden’s response says that while discussing salaries can be awkward, the series offers some important context for UW-Green Bay and UW System salaries that lag behind those at peer institutions. That gap can lead to recruitment and retention challenges, Harden said, and threaten the University’s margin of excellence. Full column.

Harden column reflects on Gannett pay series, UW salary issue

Chancellor Tom Harden got the chance to respond to Gannett Wisconsin Media’s “What We Pay” series, focusing on public employee salaries, with a column in Tuesday’s (Jan. 15) Green Bay Press-Gazette. In a message that was distributed last week to faculty and staff, Harden acknowledges that while discussing salaries is uncomfortable for many people, the series sheds some important light on UW-Green Bay and UW System salaries that lag behind those at peer institutions. This pay gap threatens the University’s margin of excellence, manifesting itself in recruitment and retention challenges, Harden said. The “What We Pay” series offers a chance to discuss the ongoing issue, Harden said. Full column.

Overages send tech college pay soaring past lagging UW salaries

In case you missed it, that’s the headline over Gannett Wisconsin’s reporting of the pay comparison between University of Wisconsin System faculty members and instructors for the state’s technical college system. Although it is clear — from what can be gathered from looking at the UW-Green Bay salaries listed in the database, that there are some confusing inconsistencies in terms of reporting actual “base pay” and accounting for summer assignments (for at least some UWGB faculty, anyway) — the overall comparison is as clear as the headline. Read more.

Gannett Wisconsin Media posts employee salary data

The first installment of “What We Pay” launches this weekend on Gannett newspaper sites across Wisconsin. The series — through stories, searchable  databases and videos — promises a look at how money is spent on public salaries. During the first week, the series examine salaries in the UW System and the state’s technical schools. At the Appleton Post-Crescent site, an introductory video notes that surveys have put UW System salaries well below market. It also notes that the tech See the PC site.