From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 10, 1989:
Classified employees at Kansas University were reported to be mostly pleased with a new salary package offering a 5.5 percent pay increase, plus special bonuses for longtime employees. However, KU's Classified Senate president Diana Dyal said today that a few employees had some concerns. "There are problems," Dyal said. "The cost-of-living increase is a misnomer, because it really doesn't keep up." She added that a number of details about the bonus provision still remained to be worked out. The revised plan, which also affected about 3,500 state civil service employees living in Douglas County, was to take effect on June 18. Lawmakers had agreed to grant workers a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment and a 2.5 percent increase by moving everyone up a notch on the "matrix." They had also reduced the time employees needed to work through steps on the matrix and approved a bonus for employees with at least 10 years of service. KU's unclassified workers -- faculty and staff not in the classified system -- were to get an average merit salary increase of 2.6 percent this month along with a 5 percent across-the-board increase.