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10,000 UC-Berkeley Employees Face Pay Cuts Due to Pandemic

10,000 UC-Berkeley Employees Face Pay Cuts Due to Pandemic

“the university will implement a year-long program of furloughs starting Feb. 1, 2021 for non-unionized staff and faculty”

Even with these cuts, which will save millions, the school is still facing a $200 million shortfall.

KQED News reports:

10,000 UC Berkeley Employees Face Pay Cuts in Latest Pandemic-Related Reductions

Some 10,000 UC Berkeley staffers can expect to see reductions in pay beginning in February to “confront the pandemic’s significant and persistent impacts on our finances,” according to a statement issued Tuesday from the university’s chancellor.

In her message to campus employees, Carol Christ said the university will implement a year-long program of furloughs starting Feb. 1, 2021 for non-unionized staff and faculty. Unionized staff time will also be reduced.

Christ said the cuts, which are organized in six tiers according to income levels, are meant to protect the lowest-income workers on campus.

“Consistent with our commitment to equity, employees earning less than $59,000 will be exempted, with progressive, graduated reductions up to a top rate of 3.84% for those earning more than $234,000,” Christ said in the statement.

The cuts are expected to generate roughly $27 million in savings for the school.

The university also recently froze faculty and non-union staff pay, setting aside some $10 million to minimize layoffs, particularly for low-income staff.

But Christ said even with those cuts, the university still faces a $200 million shortfall as a result of pandemic-related losses and additional costs. The school, she added, plans to take additional steps to fill that hole by digging further into its reserves and taking out more loans.

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Comments

CaptYossarian | January 2, 2021 at 5:58 pm

The essentials begin to turn on themselves. Delicious.

The Friendly Grizzly | January 2, 2021 at 6:02 pm

I noted the emphasis on nonunion employees. Make of it what you might.

I can’t bring myself to care…..

Economic suffering is not caused by the communist China virus… it is caused by democrat political , unconstitutional, lock downs.

Take out loans? There is a capital idea.

The wealthy 1% are currently fleeing the state who fund 50% of the state’s entire budget. So who will repay those “loans” and who on earth would even think about lending you the money.

Have the Ag College explain what happens after you eat your seed corn, Cal.

    LeftWingLock in reply to Herman Young. | January 2, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Herman Young— I know the answer. The answer is the Biden administration steps in and gives you twice as much seed corn as you originally had.

Look up “Transparent California” website -go to the UC system and see what the full compensation packages are for all UC employees by name or job title. Then play, cut the waste, fraud and abuse with your own red pencil.

Get woke, go broke. Strikes again.

Here is the deal UC: Start demanding ideological diversity from your curriculum faculty, staff and students and you might be able to get off life support.

Too much competition with other proto-progressive sink holes to stand out in the crowd any longer.

Once government employees and academics start to feel the financial pinch, I expect the governors to decide there’s no longer any kind of emergency that requires a lockdown.

MattLauersNob | January 2, 2021 at 11:32 pm

The feel good story of the day.

Up to a whopping 3.84% for those earning over 234K? Oh the humanity!

Almost s $9,000 pay cut for those quarter million dollars a year UC profs (and there are plenty of them).

There goes one good night out at the French Laundry with your best friends. A keen sacrifice to ask in these troubled times.

By concentrating all the pain on the non-unionized staff, the university is providing a powerful incentive for everyone else to unionize. The public-sector unions already control the state, and I expect that control to increase as more employees are pressured into unions by layoffs and pay cuts.

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