MSU employees want back pay for pay cuts COVID-19 – Community News

MSU employees want back pay for pay cuts COVID-19

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EAST LANSING — Michigan State University faculty and staff each lost thousands of dollars in wages due to COVID-related budget cuts, and now they want to be paid back.

MSU’s non-union faculties and academic staff saw their salaries cut by 1% to 7% between September 2020 and July 2021. For deans and administrators, the cutback was between 2% and 10%. The cuts were made as a cost-cutting measure as MSU addressed the financial impact of COVID-19.

Those salaries have since been reduced to pre-pandemic levels, but faculty and staff are now asking for a backlog.

The MSU faculty senate passed a resolution Tuesday approving the retroactive reinstatement of all pandemic-related salary cuts and retirement contests. The resolution also calls for the reintroduction of earnings for non-union academic managers, staff and faculty, who had been without them for two years.