Eastern plumber wants more salary equity

How many good people must go? My name is Stephan Burris. I work for the plumbing department of facilities services. I hold both Master and Journeyman Plumber’s licenses in this state and have been plumbing since 1986. At that time, I worked for Berea College as Master Plumber and owned a plumbing business.

I came to work at Eastern for the sum of $9.43 per hour, and after my probation, $9.74 per hour with the hope of receiving a licensed position ($15 per hour.) I believe that in the past 15 months, I have shown my knowledge, skills and dedication to this university. My supervisor (Mike Adams) and assistant director (David Hepburn) have both gone the distance to increase my salary several times in the past few months.

I, like many others, perceive this as a lack of concern by the administration for the quality of skilled employees at Eastern and, in turn, its facilities and campus. For this, I have entertained the thought of working for the University of Kentucky.

They not only offer higher starting pay, but also look at your educational achievements (both academic and professional), plus years of experience to determine your actual salary above the start in pay. When talking to UK, they said that the classes and seminars I attended at Eastern not only displayed the desire for professional growth and advancement, but would be rewarded in a monetary way (salary increase). This is something Eastern only gives a slap on the back for, but a “we’ll put this in your file.”

I am saddened by the administration’s lack of concern for those of us who not only make the wheels turn, but can fix them when they break.

Stephan Burris

Eastern plumber

Progress under new leadership


Editor Dena Tackett is entering her third semester in the paper’s top position, as the Eastern Progress enters its 80th year in publication. She will be assisted by Jamie Vinson, in her third semester as managing editor.

Jennifer Rogers and Ronica Brandenburg will share duties as news editors.

Sarah Heaney has moved from the news staff to become Accent editor. She will be assisted by Beth Howard who will edit the around & about page, Heather Hibbits will edit the who’s that page and Jessica Griffin will edit the arts & stuff page.

Sports editor John Hays has rejoined the Progress staff. Also on the sports staff is assistant sports editor Corey Hall.

The Progress photo editor is Kevin Martin, a transfer from Western Kentucky University. Kristi McGarey will assist in taking photos.

On-line editor Brian Blostica is returning for his second semester on staff.

En-Young You is returning to the Progress staff for her second semester as graphics editor.

Second semester staffer Crystal Butler will manage the ad staff. Ad design directors Dodie Wrocklage and Tim Roberts also returned to the Progress staff.

Several staff writers, ad representatives and photographers also will be contributing to the publication of each issue.

Writing positions are still open in sports and news. A position as arts and entertainment editor is also still open. Call 622-1881 to apply.