Range elevation is the formal process through which lecturers and temporary librarians can increase their salaries by moving from one salary range to the next (e.g., Range A to B, B to C, or C to D). If granted, a range elevation brings a salary increase of at least five percent, or the percentage increase required to reach at least the minimum of the next range, whichever is greater.
CFA’s Bargaining Team negotiated recently to extend our contract until September 30, 2021, which preserves the contractually guaranteed traditional path to range elevation for lecturers. Maxing out in range is a requirement under the “normal” path to range elevation, which has been extended with the rest of the contract, as well. CFA is interested in expanding range elevation, and members are waiting for management to respond to this proposal.
There is a success rate of over 90 percent for lecturers and temporary librarians who have applied for range elevation in the last few years. It pays to apply!
However, range elevation is not automatic. If you are eligible, you need to apply. Your campus administration is required to notify you, if you are eligible to apply, at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The deadlines vary by campus, and you should inquire with your chair or supervisor if you are unsure about your eligibility.
If your application is denied, you may appeal to a campus peer review panel. Be in touch immediately with your CFA chapter leaders. Most lecturers who have appealed have been successful in their appeals. Those who are denied are permitted to apply again in subsequent years.
Many campus CFA chapters offer range elevation workshops, so watch for these. The CFA workshops offer practical advice on preparing a successful application for range elevation.
Want to learn more? Become active with your local CFA chapter Faculty Rights team. Find your representative here.