December 19, 2019


Dear Colleagues,


On Wednesday, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) approved a 2 percent pay increase in each of the next two years for state workers, including UW System employees.


The 4 percent increase will be phased in, with the first 2 percent increase taking effect in January 2020, and the second 2 percent in January 2021 (specific effective dates depend on employment group).


To be eligible to receive the pay increases, individuals must have been employed in their current positions on November 24, 2019 (for employees paid hourly) or December 1, 2019 (for employees paid monthly). Employees must also have completed UW–Madison’s sexual harassment prevention training, and must have met performance expectations as identified in their last performance evaluation. Supervisors are required to complete performance evaluations for the employees they supervise.


University Staff and Temporary Employees will also receive an increase to the new City of Madison Living Wage of $13.62 per hour beginning Dec. 22, 2019 if currently under $13.62. For University Staff affected, the 2 percent pay plan increase will be applied on top of the new living wage. The university, under its own authority, will also be implementing a $15 per hour minimum in the spring for University Staff.


UW-Madison also came to a collective bargaining agreement with the campus Building Trades employees that has been approved by JCOER. The contracts will ultimately need approval by the full legislature and to be signed by the governor to go into effect. The Building Trades are the only certified bargaining unit on campus. Under state law, the union can only bargain over wages up to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The agreement calls for the trades employees to receive a 2.13% increase for 2018–2019, effective January 9, 2019, and a 2.44% increase for 2019-2020, effective January 5, 2020. To make up for the delay in implementation, eligible trades employee will receive a lump sum payment equal to the amount of the increase for all hours in pay status going back to the effective dates of the contracts.


If you have questions, please contact your department or division human resources representative through https://hr.wisc.edu/contact/.


Thank you for all you do for UW-Madison.


Laurent Heller

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration


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