University of Illinois Announces Furlough Plan, Hiring Freeze Due to State Budget Woes
January 5, 2010
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A professor says furloughs he and other University of Illinois face could hurt the school in the long run.
Professor David Bullock says he understands the plan to furlough faculty and staff for four days is needed. State government owes the university $436 million as Illinois wrestles with its own growing financial mess.
But Bullock says pay cuts and other austerity measures will drive away good professors and make potential job candidates look elsewhere. Bullock says the furlough will cost him roughly $1,500.
University President Stanley Ikenberry announced the furloughs and a hiring freeze in an e-mail to faculty and staff. They are part of plans to cut $82 million from the university's budget.
Ikenberry calls the financial outlook "grim and worsening."
Employees who make $30,000 or less are among the exceptions to the furlough plan, which is expected to save $17 million.
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