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EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Trustees will consider pay raises for system employees at their meeting Thursday in Edwardsville.

During a working session, Wednesday, SIU Carbondale Executive Director for Finance and Administration Judy Marshall lined out what the 1 percent pay bump would mean to the campus.

"Can we afford raises? I don't think we can afford not to. We have not had a general salary increase in five years. Many employees have been asked to do more, we're stretched thin in many areas, and as I mentioned, we have 400 fewer positions than we did in fiscal year '15," she said.

Marshall says the raises would cost the campus $1 million, but says that money was included in the budget plan for this year and remains a top priority for the administration.

Meanwhile, Medical School Associate Provost for Finance Wendy Cox-Largent also says it's necessary.

"We have been thoughtful and strategic in planning and budgeting for salary increases, and we hear from staff all the time how important that is to them."

The pay raise proposal would give a 1 percent salary boost to employees in Carbondale, Edwardsville and the system office, and a 2 percent upgrade for employees in the School of Medicine.

Trustees will meet Thursday on the SIU Edwardsville campus.

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