USM Regents Committee on Finance Recommends that Full Board Approve a Systemwide, $15 Minimum Wage for Hourly Employees

Baltimore, Md. (Dec. 2, 2021) – The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Committee on Finance voted today to recommend an adjustment to the nonexempt pay structure for hourly workers system-wide that will increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The action was taken during the committee’s regularly scheduled meeting held this morning. 

The proposal to approve the new minimum wage now moves to the full board, which will vote on the item at its next scheduled meeting on Friday, Dec. 10, at Bowie State University. The proposal includes a formal review to assess the impact of the wage change on other pay ranges in the salary structure. The $15 minimum wage would be scheduled to go into effect beginning the first full pay period following Jan. 1, 2022. Exclusive representatives for USM employee bargaining units have been notified of this action and have requested to engage in collective bargaining over this change. 

The USM comprises 12 institutions: Bowie State University; Coppin State University; Frostburg State University; Salisbury University; Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and the University of Maryland Global Campus. The USM also includes three regional centers—the Universities at Shady Grove, the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, and the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland—at which USM universities offer upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses.


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