By Dan Falkenheim, Web Editor
The Montclair State Board of Trustees unanimously approved an average four percent salary increase for managerial staff, which includes administrators, on June 2, 2016. The increase represents a pool of available dollars, meaning the actual increase for each employee is based on performance and other factors.[…]
While administrators have received a raise for Fiscal Year 2017, negotiated raises for faculty, librarians and professional staff have been frozen since 2015 amid contentious, statewide negotiations between teacher unions and the State of New Jersey.
Montclair State Professor Richard Wolfson, who is also the president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1904, criticized administrators for not equally pushing for the raises of its teachers.
“I don’t get the feeling that our upper level administrators are advocating for faculty, professional staff, librarians and specialist raises,” Wolfson said. “What bothers me, is that the [administration] should be advocating, as I would advocate for their raise, for our raises. I am for everybody getting raises. I’m for systematic raises. I’m not against the administrators getting their raise. It’s all boats rise with the tide.”[…]
In addition to the divide between managerial and faculty raises, Wolfson also criticized the increase of administrative hirings.
“The explosion of administrative positions greatly concerns me because there is not a consummate explosion of tenured faculty positions,” Wolfson said. “Obviously, there are [administrative] positions that need to be filled.”
In the past year, the Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 28 tenured faculty members and 78 managerial staff members.