Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

University of West Alabama Workers Will Get Bonuses

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

University of West Alabama Workers Will Get Bonuses

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LIVINGSTON | The University of West Alabama board of trustees approved a one-time salary supplement for the university's full- time employees as a sign of appreciation for their contributions to the university.

"I just think it is important to do what we can to recognize our employees contributions," UWA President Ken Tucker said.

The payment was part of a regular meeting agenda that also included a brief update on plans for a covered rodeo arena and proposals to dispose of one off-campus residence while acquiring another.

During the board meeting Tuesday, Tucker said he would not participate in the supplement for full-time employees, which will cost roughly $379,000 and be funded from the university's fund balance. How much employees will receive will be based upon their years of service, Tucker said. Employees will receive the pay in their December paychecks.

The university had hoped to be able to give employees raises this year, but increases in fixed expenses thwarted the plan, Tucker said. Employees have only received one 8 percent raise during the last eight years, Tucker said. While they have received a raise, they have also seen increases in retirement contributions and other expenses.

"We can't reasonably do what we would like to do at this point which is give a raise, but we can do and reasonably afford is to give this one time salary supplement," Tucker said.

Board President Terry Bunn said the university had adequate reserve funds to cover the pay supplement. UWA has about $10 million in its reserve and by state law must maintain a minimum balance of at least $7 million based on two months operating expenses.

"We are well within what is required of us by state law," Bunn said.

The proposed covered rodeo arena project is on track, and plans for the arena should be finalized soon, project manager Johnnie Aycock said. He predicted the covered arena could be completed by December 2016.

The covered rodeo arena has been pitched as a recruiting tool and economic driver for the campus and the West Alabama region it serves. The phased project with an overall budget of roughly $3.5 million is contingent on securing outside funding. …

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