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Cleveland State University Outgoing President Michael Schwartz Recommends Salary Freezes for Faculty, Staff

Janet Okoben
Plain Dealer Reporter

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

In one of his final acts as president of Cleveland State University, Michael Schwartz has recommended salary freezes for faculty and all other university employees in light of the gloomy state budget forecast.

The freezes would have to be approved by four unions representing employees. CSU's board of trustees would also have to approve the idea when it votes on a budget for fiscal year 2010 next month. Much of the trustees' budget deliberations depend on the outcome of a state budget that is still incomplete.

In a letter e-mailed to employees, the retiring Schwartz said 2010 "appears to be even more challenging" than 2009, when the university had to cut spending, restrict hiring and make other changes to head off a budget shortfall.

Schwartz said CSU administrators have started talks with leaders of four bargaining units that could bring a one-year extension to current contracts, which would keep wages the same. Three of the four unions have contracts that end this year. CSU employees not represented by unions would also be subject to a wage freeze.

The university has nearly 600 full-time faculty and about 1,000 full-time staffers.

Today is Schwartz's last day as CSU president. Ronald Berkman, who had been provost at Florida International University, will replace him.