University of Washington Faculty Pay Case

Storti v University of Washington

This lawsuit was filed to obtain overdue 2% merit pay raises on behalf of University faculty members who worked in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years, and who were not found unmeritorious in their service in the 2001-02 academic year. The University's contract with faculty members in the University Handbook required the University to provide a 2% merit-based raise at the beginning of the 2002-03 academic year. The University breached the contract by not paying the 2% raise in 2002-03. In October 2005, Superior Court Judge Mary Yu granted Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment, ruling that the UW had a mandatory duty to provide the faculty a 2% minimum annual raise. A copy of the Order is here.

Class Members

A "class member" is a University of Washington faculty employee who: (1) held one of the covered faculty titles in the 2001-02 academic year, (2) was not found unmeritorious in the 2001-02 academic year, and (3) continued to hold one of the covered faculty titles in the 2002-03 academic year. The faculty titles covered by this lawsuit are: Professor, Professor Without Tenure, Associate Professor, Associate Professor Without Tenure, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Without Tenure, Acting Assistant Professor Pending Ph.D., Research Professor, Research Associate Professor, Research Assistant Professor, Lecturer Full-Time, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Artist in Residence, Senior Artist in Residence, and clinical professors holding multi-year promotional pathway appointments. All other faculty titles are not covered by this lawsuit.


The parties settled the case in 2006 by obtaining the 2% raise and $17.5 million in back pay. The Court held a final settlement hearing and ruled that the Settlement Agreement was fair and reasonable. The 2% salary increase employed by the University in one of the covered faculty titles became effective June 1, 2006. The settlement funds were allocated to qualified class members on a pro rata basis, less applicable tax and retirement deductions.


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