Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.13
Liaison Eric O'Brien
Submission Date March 1, 2013
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University of Northern Iowa
PAE-11: Sustainable Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Eric O'Brien
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees working on campus (including contractors):

Number of employees (including contractors) that the institution ensures earn sustainable compensation:

A brief description of how the institution ensures that its lowest-paid workers (including contractors, if applicable) receive sustainable compensation:

At the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), compensation for those Faculty and Merit staff covered by collective bargaining agreements are determined through separate bi-annual negotiation processes. Bargaining related to Merit staff is conducted at a State of Iowa level. Salary ranges for other professional staff are examined and adjusted annually to account for shifts in external market compensation as measured by multiple sources of data such as the Iowa Statewide Wage Survey (http://iwin.iwd.state.ia.us/iowa/PubReader?itemid=00003702) and the College & University Personnel Association (CUPA) salary survey. A trained position evaluation committee conducts job evaluations for each of these positions and places them into appropriate salary grades. Currently the living wage for one adult in Black Hawk County (http://www.livingwage.geog.psu.edu/counties/19013) is $8.27/hour. All hourly staff positions at UNI pay above this hourly rate. Pay levels for salaried professional positions are above this rate as well. Contract employees are also ensured to meet a sustainable wage through standard language in the bidding process.

UNI also offers health, dental and vision insurance, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, flexible-spending accounts, and retirement plans as core benefits to eligible employees. In addition, UNI also provides other benefits and services to help enhance employees' quality of life such as an employee assistance program and long-term care insurance. Non-temporary employees can access a personalized statement showing their annual compensation as well as the value of their elected benefits at any time.

The most recent year total compensation for the institution’s lowest-paid workers (including contractors, if applicable) was evaluated to ensure that it was sustainable:

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

Employee numbers are based on the June 2012 census report. Contractor numbers on campus are not directly included, although all are protected.

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