AUSTIN, Texas – The start of the new academic year at Austin Community College will coincide with a salary increase for its staff.
The ACC Board of Trustees approved a $467 million budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year at its Aug. 1 meeting.
For some workers, the vote to approve the raises was a relief.
“It’s gotten to the point where I’ve had to make hard choices to go to the store and pass on chicken, beef and eggs as well,” said ACC employee Anthony Mignini.
Mignini spoke at the Aug. 1 board meeting to get the board to approve his compensation package.
“Elevating all of us to a level where you don’t have to worry about food or shelter to have a decent life is pretty important and I think every employer should do it,” he said.
The raise for all ACC employees is the largest compensation package approved in the university’s history at approximately $20.8 million.
According to the college, this is double the compensation approved in the 2022 fiscal year budget.
The package includes a minimum wage increase from $15.60 an hour to $20 an hour.
According to the university’s compensation structure, those making less than $50,000 a year can expect a 10% raise.
Those earning between $50,000 and $99,999 a year can expect a 5-10% raise. People earning $100,000 to $199,999 plus a 5% raise per year. Anyone earning $200,000 plus 3.7%-4.4% per year with a cap of $10,000.
The University also provides an additional payment to full-time, adjunct faculty and hourly staff to help provide immediate financial support.
Part-time employees will receive a pro rata lump sum payment.
The ACC issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the ACC Board of Trustees, I want to recognize the faculty, staff and administration for their work on the 2023 budget,” said Dr. Nan McRaven, ACC board chair. “We listened to staff, students and the community to understand the challenges, needs and opportunities for our students and the ACC family. As a board, we have a fiscal and social responsibility to ensure that staff feel valued and appreciated and that our students and communities feel confident that we are spending taxpayer dollars wisely. The Board of Trustees voted in favor of the largest compensation package in the university’s history and at the same time authorized funding for new and innovative programs to address the workforce needs of Central Texas.
The approved budget will also fund the main building of the Rio Grande Campus and the Highland Campus, new kindergartens and a new cooling plan for the ACC Highland Campus.
The new budget cycle is expected to start on September 1.
Austin Community College accepts raises for all employees
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