SLU Implements Bonuses for Essential Workers and Those Earning Less Than $125,000
May 21, 2021
This week, SLU’s academic year — one like no other — comes to its arduous, but fruitful conclusion. Our extraordinary success, one that many thought impossible when the academic began, is real. We made it, thanks to your hard work, commitment, caring and sacrifice.
Faculty and staff gave up their University retirement match. Travel budgets were relinquished. Salaries among SLUCare physicians and University leaders were reduced. Essential staff, such as our frontline SLUCare workers, our housekeepers, custodial and maintenance staff, our grounds crews, DPS officers, ITS professionals and our Library staff, came to campus for their shifts every single day, even as the disease spread across our city.
And here we are today, celebrating what many other universities cannot — a full academic year of working and learning together on campus and in community. Further, we are experiencing tremendous relief that the enormous budget deficits and thousands of job layoffs experienced at other institutions — and that we had feared — did not occur at SLU.
The even bigger surprise is that we will end the fiscal year with a small budget surplus, something we hadn’t anticipated as recently as just a few months ago. University leaders have agreed to apply much of that surplus to say thank you to our lower-paid faculty and staff.
At the end of June, the University will distribute one-time, year-end bonuses to more than 3,300 members of our faculty and staff. In addition, I have asked our team to work with the union representatives of our bargaining units — housekeepers, groundskeepers, delivery staff, maintenance staff and adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education — to seek their agreement on these new awards, as well to ensure all eligible full-time employees share in this well-deserved bonus.
Here’s how this will work:
- With the amount of funds available, we will be able to pay bonuses to St. Louis-based
full-time, clinical and non-clinical faculty and staff, and medical residents and
fellows earning $125,000 or less per year. They also must have been continuously employed at SLU since January 1, 2020, and remain employed through the time of payout.
- Each employee meeting these criteria will receive a $500 bonus. It will be paid on June 18 to employees who are paid bi-weekly, and June 30 for those paid monthly.
- University leadership acknowledges the extra sacrifices our essential employees made to keep our St. Louis campuses operating safely and effectively throughout the year. So, those staff members who meet the criteria and who have been deemed essential employees — meaning their job required them to work on campus full-time during the pandemic — will receive an additional $250. The total bonus for essential employees compensated $125,000 or less annually will be $750.
- Adjunct faculty who are paid $125,000 or less per year, will receive a bonus of $100 per course taught during the summer, fall and spring sessions up to $500.
We all agree that this has been the most challenging 15 months on campus that any of us has ever experienced. And hopefully never will again.
You rose to the many challenges that could not have been met without your unfailing determination, patience, teamwork and grace as One SLU.
These year-end bonuses are one way the University shows its gratitude for what you have done in the face of the past year’s adversity.
Wishing you a joyous and restorative summer,
Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.