College Union Workers Object To ‘Bonuses’

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system union workers say this is not the time to pay top officials bonuses and high salaries.

Union members Tuesday particularly blasted a $50,000 payment made to Chancellor James McCormack after he retired this summer, but also criticized other high-level system workers and campus presidents’ extra pay. While MnSCU officials said the payments are part of their salaries, made when all job expectations are met, union workers called them bonuses that are not proper when staff and faculty are being laid off.

During a protest outside of a MnSCU Board of Trustees meeting in downtown St. Paul, June Clark of the Minnesota Community and Technical College Fergus Falls campus held up a photo showing weeds growing at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College.

“They don’t have money to hire a groundskeeper,” Clark said.

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