BOWLING GREEN -- While classified and administrative staff at Bowling Green State University learned this week they would receive 2 percent raises Sept. 1, any salary increases for faculty are still being negotiated between the university and the new BGSU Faculty Association.
"Things still aren't going as fast as they need to, but we're optimistic that we'll have a contract in the next few months," said David Jackson, an associate professor of political science and president of the faculty union.
He said the announcement of 2 percent raises by BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey tells him the university recognizes that it has money available for raises, but at the same time, he said, 2 percent remains "less than inflation" and would not begin to bring faculty members to the level they aspire.
"Our objective is to get our average up to our median for our peers," Mr. Jackson said.
Just fewer than 1,400 BGSU employees are to receive the 2 percent raises, according to BGSU spokesman Dave Kielmeyer. The total cost was unavailable Wednesday.
He added that "significant progress" has been made in negotiations with the faculty union, "and the university is committed to continuing to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement."
The two sides had set a goal of reaching an agreement by July 1 -- a deadline that has come and gone.
Mr. Jackson said a state-appointed mediator was brought in this summer to help expedite negotiations, and that's been a boost to the process. He said the administration initially was opposed to signing tentative agreements on various parts of the proposed contract, but since the mediator came on board, the university has signed about 19 tentative agreements on noneconomic items.