The University’s leadership is saying that the raises were needed to keep quality people from leaving to work for someone else. However in today’s job market climate there is no evidence that high levels of workers would leave their jobs if not given raises. And with so many qualified people out there looking for such positions it doesn’t make sense that those positions wouldn’t be filled. Other reasons cited for the increases were expanded job responsibilities, and keeping pace with industry standards. When was the last time your job responsibilities expanded, and you got a big raise?
Most workers today earn less than a six-figure income, and many workers who even work more than one job just to make ends meet still live in poverty. And while many understand that most of a workers income goes toward housing, transportation, food, clothing, taxes, insurance, and other expenses necessary to support one’s self and their family; at a time when so many people are hurting economically, it’s understandable why most Americans have little sympathy for highly paid staffers.
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