The WIU Board of Trustees approved two collective bargaining agreements and a negotiated wage agreement, recommended a fiscal year 2009 budget request and set presidential compensation at its Sept. 28 meeting.
A four-year collective bargaining agreement with the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI) WIU Chapter was approved by the Board. The agreement was recently ratified by the Union representing faculty and academic support staff. The agreement includes an annual 3.5 percent increase in base salary as part of the total wage benefit package. The Board also approved a three-year contract with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council and a wage re-opener with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 417. Both have a base salary increase of 3.5 percent for the current fiscal year as part of the agreements.
A FY2009 operating budget increase of $10.1 million was recommended by Western’s Board. The University’s current FY2008 appropriated budget is $118.3 million. The proposed budget includes an additional $5.2 million to support salary increases; $1.2 million to provide a new bachelor of science in nursing/BN degree completion; $300,000 for teacher training and development through new preschool degree and certification programs; professional development in the Quad Cities; and additional support funds to support the programs, equipment and services to further implement the “Higher Values in Higher Education” Strategic Plan.
A proposed FY09 capital budget request of $107.9 million was recommended by the Board. The requests includes projects that remain on the priority and capital request list for state funding through recent years since the legislature has not approved new capital funds. WIU projects recommended as the top priorities are construction funding for the Performing Arts Center project on the Macomb campus, at a cost of $61.5 million, and Western’s Quad Cities Riverfront Campus expansion project building one, at a cost of $15.3 million. Capital funds will also be requested for life safety improvement funds ($11.6 million) and campus utility infrastructure planning ($4.6 million), science complex planning ($10.8 million) and planning for a second Quad Cities Riverfront Campus building ($4.2 million). Both operating and capital budget recommendations will be forwarded to the Illinois Board of Higher Education for action.
The Board set annual compensation for WIU President Al Goldfarb at $254,510, reflecting an increase of 3.5 percent from his current salary of $243,348 plus an additional market equity adjustment of $2,556 based on the same equity adjustment method applied to all other non-negotiated and administrative staff when the program was implemented. The 3.5 percentage increase is the same provided to the University’s non-negotiated workforce.
During the June meeting the Board approved a report commending his performance for the year and modified and extended his contract.
Leander Construction, Canton, Ill., was awarded the bid as general contractor for the $5.9 million Multicultural Center project with a base bid of $4,192,200. Contracts were awarded to vendors for plumbing, Dries Bros., Inc. Peoria, Ill., $235,950; electrical, Oberlander Electric Co.., East Peoria, Ill., $600,700; heating, Mechanical Services, Inc., Galesburg, Ill., $525,100; and ventilation, Mechanical Services, Inc., Galesburg, $192,670.
The Board also awarded bids for the installation of sprinklers in Thompson Hall to Laverdiere Construction, Macomb, general contractor, $70,179; Quick, Electrical Contractors, Fairview, Ill., $137,500; and Continental Fire Sprinkler Co., Davenport, Iowa, $791,000.
The Board confirmed the 2007-2008 fiscal year all-funds budget. For further information on the board’s actions, see the Sept. 28 news release at www.wiu.edu/news.