CSCU President Mark Ojakian
Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, at his first first finance committee meeting.
Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.

The 3 to 6 percent pay raises non-unionized staff at the state’s largest public college system were expecting to receive beginning next month have been put on hold.

“I am deferring a decision on any salary increases for management and confidential professional employees until the conclusion of both the legislative session and collective bargaining negotiations,” Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) system, informed the 300 administrative staff slated for raises.

The raises, approved last summer, have been delayed multiple times dues to fiscal constraints.

The raises were expected to cost the college system as much as $2 million a year. The 5.5 percent raises for unionized staff, required under a current contract, are still moving forward and have not been deferred.

This decision comes as the spotlight at the state Capitol has been on the state’s other public college system, the University of Connecticut, and proposed 3 to 4.5 percent raises for unionized, non-teaching professional staff. The legislature is now considering whether to allow the contract that would provide those raises to go into effect. Yesterday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the raises do “not fully represent the new economic reality” of the state. Sixteen of UConn’s non-unionized staff received raises of up to 5 percent this fiscal year, which cost the school $36,118.

Like UConn, the CSCU system is facing major budget shortfalls, and the governor has proposed cutting millions in support. The system is currently in a contentious negotiation with unionized staff.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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