I'm research faculty (early career scholar, with more extensive professional background) with a lab at a major R1 and the PI is moving the lab to a recently upgraded R1 in a major metropolitan area. The PI has already indicated that everyone in the lab will be extended a job offer with the new university, but that there may be a pay cut due to the salary bands permitted by the receiving university. Even if the pay stays the same, it would be a higher cost of living with higher taxes, and a less generous retirement package.
Presently I'm within a fairly niche, but extremely computational field so my skills are easily transferable to industry, so moving with the lab is not mandatory but I do enjoy the type of research I do. As such, what sort of things are negotiable for research faculty? Could this move be used to justify an early promotion to associate research faculty or would that be too much of an ask?