WSU classified staff members feel pay raises should include them

PULLMAN, WA - This year, Washington State University self-financed a four-percent pay raise for faculty, administrative professional employees, and graduate students.

Interim Provost Doctor Daniel Bernardo spoke about the pay raise during his "State of the University" presentation on Tuesday, saying it's "The first salary program for faculty and staff in five years." However, KLEW News has learned that about 1,800 classified staff members are not included in that pay raise.

We spoke with Rogers Eberhardt, an electronic technician at WSU who believes those workers are entitled to the same pay increase as the other employees.

"Classified staff probably doesn't make the wage that administrative professionals and faculty do, and our cost of living increases are just as high as faculty," said WSU Electronic Technician Roger Eberhardt.

Eberhardt is with the Washington State Federation of State Employees, and he said the union has been in negotiations with the university since last September. Eberhardt said they most recently met with the university officials last Friday, and their request for a raise was denied.

Classified staff members include custodians, food service workers and mechanics.