Big pay hikes for state workers in state budget, but what about university and college employees?

Issac Morgan of the Florida Phoenix writes that the Florida House and Senate finalized its state budget for 2022-23, including 5.38 percent pay increases for state workers and a minimum wage of $15 an hour for state employees and school support staffers in school districts across the state.

But what about pay increases for state employees at Florida’s public universities and community colleges?

Morgan writes that union members point to pay inequities among workers at some universities, such as Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Andre Crumity, AFSCME local president, said that the union held a protest at FAMU in early February over university officials refusing to grant pay raises to its employees. Some workers who help maintain the campus are only making $10 an hour.

“We protested due to not receiving a raise for quite some time,” said Crumity, who also works at the university. “Wages have been practically frozen for most of us for 10 years.”

“As for the rest of the universities in the SUS (State University System of Florida), this is a common problem with the employees not receiving raises and being short-staffed.”

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