Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.46
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
PA-12: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.19 / 3.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
16.60 US/Canadian $

Percentage of employees that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):

Does the institution have significant contractors with employees that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:

A list or brief description of significant on-site contractors:

Aramark is WCU's Dining Services contractor and employees approximately 300 people. Sodexo provides housekeeping staff (10 employees) in four residence halls owned and operated by the WCU Foundation / University Student Housing.

Percentage of employees of on-site contractors known to receive a living wage or be covered by collective bargaining agreements (i.e., union contracts):

Total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time or full-time employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
150 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade:

For FY 2019, total salary and benefits for WCU's Lowest paid employee or pay grade is $53,097 ($26,523 in Salary and $26,574 in benefits. Note that the total number of employees is 1,907 of which 1,442 are regular full-time employees (all benefits eligible). 16 are regular part time employees (all benefits eligible or paid above $16.60 an hour), 105 are other full time employees (all benefits eligible), and 344 are other part time employees.(308 are benefits eligible or paid above $16.60 an hour and 36 are paid below $16.60 an hour and are not benefits eligible). Therefore, all but 2% of WCU employees receive compensation packages that are above the Chester County PA living wage for a household with 2 adults and 2 children.
Benefits for benefits eligible employees include (but are not limited to):
• Medical (Basic PPO, Choice PPO, or HMO) – effective on the first day of employment
• Dental, vision, hearing, and prescription coverage
• Employer paid life insurance plan up to $40,000
• Retirement plan (mandatory participation)
• Additional tax sheltered annuity plans (optional 403(b) and 457 plans)
• Long Term Disability Insurance (voluntary)
• Voluntary Group Life Insurance and AD&D (employee and dependents)
• Flexible Spending Account
• Tuition Waiver for eligible employee and dependents
• Employee Assistance Plan
• 11 Paid holidays per year
• Generous paid time off programs (11-24 vacation days and 11 sick days earned per year); up to 5 days of accrued sick leave per year can be used to provide care for an ill family member
• Discounts on phone plans, computer software and hardware purchases, and discounted movie tickets
• Free use of on-campus facilities such as the gym, pool, and library
• Eligibility for membership with Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union
• Free online and in-person programming on a variety of personal and professional topics

Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:

Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Some proportion of contractor employees receive above living wage compensation, but we do not have such data available to us. All data provided by Lisa O'Shea in the Payroll Department.

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