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UW-Oshkosh faculty, staff get pay raises

UW-Oshkosh sign (courtesy of WikiCommons).
UW-Oshkosh sign (courtesy of WikiCommons).

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - UW-Oshkosh has taken its own steps to reward faculty and staff members whom school officials say are underpaid. 

A memo was sent to Oshkosh campus employees Wednesday, spelling out the details of about $962,000 in total pay hikes.

It said 369 instructors and staffers would get average raises of $2,600 a year. The other 319 staffers and faculty will get one percent increases given to all state employees. 

Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells defends the increases, saying his school is 18 percent behind the average salaries at similar universities in the Midwest. 

Wells says questions have been raised about whether Oshkosh can attract and keep high quality staffers.