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Energy workforce gaps addressed in post-recession study
November 12, 2013

CENTRALIA, Wash. – Electric utility employment in the Pacific Northwest exceeds 40,000 highly skilled workers and generates nearly $2.8 billion in annual payrolls, according to a new labor market study. On average, the region’s utility wages are 82 percent higher than the average for jobs across all industries.

Widening salary gap may demand cuts
March 18, 2005

The Faculty Senate recently completed a faculty salary study, comparing Washington State University’s pay levels with those of 19 peer universities. The conclusion, said Robert Rosenman, professor of economics who chaired the study committee, is that WSU faculty are “horribly underpaid.”WSU President V. Lane Rawlins and Faculty Senate President Chuck Pezeshki agree.“We fell from about 13.5 percent behind peer institutions in 2000 to 16.5 percent behind peer institutions in 2003,” said Rosenman. “During the same period, the administration has been saying that faculty salaries are their primary concern.” With the governor and Legislature currently preparing their 2005-07 budget proposals (due to come out during the … » More …