The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday approved salary increases for full-time faculty members at the state’s three public colleges, The Omaha World-Herald reported. In its decision, the court upheld a ruling by Nebraska’s Commission of Industrial Relations, a state agency that oversees labor disputes involving public-sector employees, to raise faculty salaries by 7 percent for the 2009-10 year and by 4 percent for the coming year. The increases are the same for all full-time instructors, regardless of faculty rank. Last year’s salary increases will be paid retroactively. The commission approved the salary increases, which were proposed by the faculty members’ union, based on comparisons with other institutions’ salaries.