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Cal State San Marcos employees to begin furloughs

18 July 2010 No Comment

By Helen Kaiao Chang

See original story on SDNN

Friday, July 31, 2009

More than 1,100 Cal State San Marcos employees will take two unpaid days off each month for the next year and most campus operations will be closed on those days under a furlough plan unveiled by campus officials this week.

The plan affects about 500 non-teaching employees and roughly 625 faculty members, according to The North County Times.

Sociology professor Don Barrett, who is president of the faculty’s union’s Cal State San Marcos chapter, told the newspaper that instructors will each cancel two of their classes every month. To compensate, students will be assigned extra educational projects or other independent work, he said.

The furloughs are expected to cut both the university’s salary costs and employee salaries by about 10 percent, the Times reported.

Last week, the California State University system’s Board of Trustees ordered furloughs in lieu of layoffs to address a budget shortfall of $564 million for the 2009-10 academic year.

Each CSU campus is in charge of developing its own furlough plan.

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