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April 17, 2006

TO: Campus Community
FROM: Neil Kerwin, Interim President
SUBJECT: Amendment to AU Wage Policy


American University  is committed to ensuring that our hourly wages are fair and comparable to those  paid by other universities and municipalities in the greater Washington, D.C.  area, from which AU draws its staff.  In  2002, the Board of Trustees adopted a “wage policy” that has been in effect for  the past three years and which provided for planned increases.  In March 2006, the interim  provost and vice presidents recommended and I approved the next stage of the  wage policy, which is outlined below.  I  appreciate the ongoing effort by members of this community and the university  leadership on this issue.




In November 2002 American University’s Board of Trustees approved  a wage policy that called for a minimum hourly wage of $11.00 per hour  effective September 1, 2005.  That policy  stated: 

  1. The university wage policy will assure  that the lowest paid employees of our campus community can live decently within the economic structure of the greater Washington  geographic region from which AU draws its staff.
  2. The wage policy will contain the following  conditions:
  1. It will be based on the demographics of  the region from which we draw our employees, as well as the general practices  reflected in other wage policies.
  2. It will be set at a rate that is  competitive with rates paid by other universities and municipalities in the  region.
  3. It will fit within AU’s existing  compensation system as the framework within which it will be institutionalized  and maintained.
  4. The wage rate will be increased when the  salary band structure is adjusted
  5. The policy will cover all full-time,  non-union, staff employees of the university.
  6. Employees of multi-year service contracts  and persons regularly employed on campus -- except first-year (Dining Service)  or entry-level (Housekeeping Service) employees -- will be covered by the  policy.
                    The university  wage policy is as follows:                 
  • Effective September 1, 2006, the base wage  will be $11.25 per hour.
  • Effective September 1, 2007, the base wage  will be $11.50 per hour.
  • Effective September 1, 2008, the base wage  will be $11.75 per hour.
  • Effective September 1, 2009, the base wage  will be $12.00 per hour.
                  September 5, 2006 12:14 PM


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