Friday, August 23, 2013

Tribune: U of I Drops Job Classifications From 1,100 to 200

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

University of Idaho officials concede that a big change to how they classify jobs within the university system has been getting a fair amount of pushback.

The new system, approved last week by the Idaho State Board of Education and which takes effect Sunday, Sept. 29, reduces the number of job classifications from about 1,100 to about 200. Additionally, pay grade ranges were reduced from 18 to 12.

But this morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Ron Smith, the U of I's vice president for finance and administration, was hit by a wave of criticism at two open forums earlier this week.

"I think there's a lot of angst about something that's a change and they don't really understand it yet," Smith told the Tribune.

Meanwhile, U of I staff who don't agree with their new job classification can appeal to an independent panel.

"It was evident that the amount of research needed to do this was going to be extensive," said Smith. "So we're going to give them some more time."

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