Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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Slippery Rock University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.95 / 3.00 Marcia Kotek
Benefits and Transactions Manager
Human Resources
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Number of employees:
923

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
923

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
360

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
337

A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

All employees with the exception of University managers (non-represented employees) are covered under collective bargaining agreements that ensure sustainable wages. The salary schedule for University managers is set by the State System of Higher Education, validated by national salary surveys, and meets a sustainable wage threshold on all levels. Employees of contractors include 250 student workers employed in our dining halls by our food vendor AVI, plus 87 full- and part-time union employees of AVI. Students earn the minimum wage, while the entry level wage for AVI union employees is $9.58 per hour. Employees of subcontracted custodial service vendors include 6 ABM employees at Residence Halls A - F, 6 ISS employees at the Student center, 7 ISS employees at North Hall, Rhoades Hall, and Rock Apartments, and 4 ISS employees working at the Aebersold Rec Center and the Ski Lodge. Wages paid to these staff are unknown, so we have conservatively assumed they are not paid a sustainable compensation. All employees with the exception of University managers (non-represented employees) are covered under collective bargaining agreements that ensure sustainable wages. The salary schedule for University managers is set by the State System of Higher Education, validated by national salary surveys, and meets a sustainable wage threshold on all levels.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
923

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
337

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

Individual unions may evaluate compensation levels in different ways. When using the identified standard of 120% of the poverty level for a family of four, virtually all of our employees have wages (not considering benefits) above that level. The remaining few surpass the poverty level when the offset for benefits is considered a part of their total compensation.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

The lowest paid regular, full-time employee would have an annual salary of $24,196 with a fringe benefit rate of 80% of wages for a total compensation of $43,553.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

Part-time employees are paid on the same salary schedules as full-time employees so their compensation would be a percentage of the full-time salary relative to their percentage of full-time employment. Fringe benefit rates could be slightly lower dependent upon if an employee works more or less than 50%.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

Temporary employees are also paid on the same salary schedules for permanent employees in their same bargaining units. The lowest paid temporary employee would have wages of $24,196 with a fringe rate of only 7.65% for social security taxes. Once the temporary employee works for a minimum of 750 hours and is becomes eligible for retirement plan benefits, that fringe rate could increase as much as 15% for a total of 22.65%.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

The lowest paid temporary faculty member would earn a nine-month, full-time salary of $45,695 with a fringe benefit rate of 45% for a total compensation package of $66,258.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

Student employees are paid at Pennsylvania’s minimum wage hourly rate of $7.25 with no fringe benefits or costs.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
7.25 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
No

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:

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