Owens board approves raises for part of staff


The Owens Community College board of trustees approved a 2 percent pay raise yesterday for about 45 percent of its employees.

The across-the-board salary adjustment, which takes effect July 1, applies to the college s nonbargaining staff that includes administrators, directors, deans, and other professional staff. With about 300 people, the group represents the largest number of employees at Owens.

Their salary is reviewed for adjustment annually about this time of year to make sure it is competitive, said Gene Lapko, the college s vice president of human resources.

The contracts for members of the college s unions, of which there are three, expire in December, 2008. Those unions represent faculty, support staff, and safety and security employees.

Salary adjustments, according to those contracts, typically occur in January, Mr. Lapko said.