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Salary plan proposal: feedback requested

Posted June 7, 2000

Although final figures for merit increases in the next budget year have not been finalized, the campus has been given some details of how pay adjustments will be handled.

For employees in the Manager and Senior Professional and Professional and Support Staff merit-based pay plans, merit increases (covering range adjustments, merit increases, and equity increases) will be effective October 1. Employees appointed to positions in these pay plans by July 1 will be eligible.

Major changes proposed

The university-wide salary grade structure has been adjusted by two percent effective October 1. The adjustment means that the range for a group of titles moves upward and an individual salary would only change if it fell below the new minimum of the range.

The Berkeley campus is proposing to move the non-exclusively represented employees in step-based titles from their existing step structure into much broader merit-based salary ranges, to approximately the 80 percent range spread, effective October 1. More than half of these employees are currently at the salary range maximum. The broader open ranges will allow for greater salary flexibility. Because they will be in the merit-based pay program, these employees will no longer be eligible for automatic range adjustments.

These employees will no longer be on a delayed merit cycle. Employees with a July 1 merit review date (delayed from January 1) will be eligible for a merit increase effective July 1. These same employees will also be eligible for an additional merit increase effective October 1. Employees with a Jan. 1, 2001 merit review date (delayed from July 1) will be eligible for a merit increase three months earlier, effective October 1. Thereafter, merit increase eligibility for all employees in this group will be October 1 of each year.

For Professional and Support Staff Grades 1-6, the campus is proposing to expand the salary range spread from 50 percent to 80 percent, to better align these ranges with the Management and Senior Professional (salary structure. This change will allow significant expansion at the top of the range, for greater flexibility in salary setting.

The range spread for PSS Grade 7 is 85 percent. This new grade will be used for positions that do not meet the leadership criteria for placement in the MSP program, but for which salaries in the marketplace require placement at this level.

Incentive plan rewards

The merit-bonus program was announced in February. Human Resources staff have been holding campus information sessions, and will schedule additional sessions during the summer. Guidelines are available at (

Represented staff

For exclusively-represented UC staff, salary actions are subject to the terms of existing collective bargaining agreements or to meeting and conferring in accordance with provisions of the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act. Bargaining updates are posted at (

The campus received the guidelines for implementation of next year's staff salary increases in May. Since then, the governor has revised his budget. At press time, final numbers for the merit increase control figure and other funds were not available. These will be announced as soon as possible.

Comments on the salary plan proposal may be sent in writing to Assistant Vice Chancellor Sandra Haire at 207 University Hall, MC 3540, or by e-mail to by July 10.


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