Professors are angry about recent executive pay hikes and have said instructor compensation is too small.People in Madison should be looking at executive compensation, even though it's hard to be sure that we're seeing all the compensation the fat cats actually get.
But they should consider another issue: One of the real problems at the level of a department or institute on campus is support staff. There are far too few, and they are overworked and underpaid, and their numbers have been cut. Compare that to deans' offices and the central administration, and you'll see that while our staffs are being starved, these folks are promoting people and giving them massive raises. There are pretty low-level paper pushers in some colleges earning very close to six digits, far more than what a fair number of internationally known full professors earn.