Professors claim that merit raises of $0 or $666 issued by Dean [and Tax Prof] Craig Boise on July 1 to eight union organizers were “a poorly veiled threat in opposition to AAUP’s organizing and concerted activities,” according to the complaint filed with SERB on Aug. 29. “In effect Dean Boise has called AAUP’s organizers and AAUP Satan,” it said.
The number 666 is universally considered evil and a symbol of the antichrist or the devil.
The $666 merit raise was a “function of mathematical calculation” and the lowest merit increase was initially supposed to be $727 but had to be recalculated based on an incorrect salary in the merit pool, according to a seven-page response by CSU’s chief human resources officer Jesse Drucker. That fact “eviscerates the claim that Dean Boise intentionally demonized union organizers through the amount of their merit pay increase,” he wrote in the Oct. 8 letter to SERB.