Senate Bill No. 53
(By Senators Plymale, Minard, Mitchell, Ball, Redd,
Boley, McCabe, Minear, Kessler, Love, Oliverio,
Hunter, Dittmar, Unger, Edgell, Helmick and Bailey)
[Introduced January 13, 2000; referred to the Committee
on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section five, article nine, chapter
eighteen-b of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to the incremental
salary increase for classified employees of higher
education; and increasing maximum number of years of service
that may be used in calculating increase.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section five, article nine, chapter eighteen-b of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9. CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHEDULE AND
§18B-9-5. Classified employee salary.
(a) Each classified employee shall receive for the same
employment at the same pay grade, subject to an appropriation by
the Legislature, and in addition to the experience increment
increase provided for in subsection (b) of this section, a
monthly salary which is at least one hundred twenty-five dollars
more than the final base monthly salary paid the classified
employee for the fiscal year commencing on the first day of July,
one thousand nine hundred ninety-two, to be paid in equal
installments within the regular pay periods and to be prorated
for classified employees working less than thirty-seven and
one-half hours per week.
(b) Commencing with the fiscal year beginning on the first
day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-eight, and each
fiscal year thereafter, each classified employee with three or
more years of experience shall receive an annual salary increase
equal to fifty dollars times the employee's years of experience:
Provided, That the annual salary increase may not exceed the
amount granted for the maximum of twenty years of experience:
Provided, however, That commencing with the fiscal year beginning
on the first day of July, two thousand, the annual salary
increase may not exceed the amount granted for the maximum of thirty years of experience. These incremental increases are in
lieu of any salary increase received pursuant to section two,
article five, chapter five of this code; are in addition to any
across-the-board, cost-of-living or percentage salary increases
which may be granted in any fiscal year by the Legislature; and
shall be paid in like manner as the annual payment to eligible
state employees of the incremental salary increases based on
years of service under the provisions of section two, article
five, chapter five of this code.
(c) Any classified employee may receive merit increases and
salary adjustments in accordance with policies established by the
board: Provided, That funds for the increases and adjustments
shall be distributed in accordance with rules of the appropriate
governing board and shall be available to all state institutions
of higher education on an equitable basis.
(d) The current annual salary of any classified employee may
not be reduced by the provisions of this article nor by any other
action inconsistent with the provisions of this article, and
nothing in this article may be construed to prohibit promotion of
any classified employee to a job title carrying a higher pay
grade if the promotion is in accordance with the provisions of this article and the personnel classification system established
by the appropriate governing board.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase from 20 to 30
the number of allowable years of service used in calculating the
increment increase for higher education classified employees.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.