Faculty, Staff Have Voices Heard
at Chancellor Town Halls on Budget Cuts
Salary cuts, furloughs, retirement benefits, equity and the need for political action were on the minds of the more than 2,000 UC San Diego faculty and staff members who turned out in the past two weeks for a series of town hall meetings outlining how the University of California plans to respond to cuts in state funding.
During the meetings, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox presented the three options offered by the UC Office of the President, including an 8 percent pay cut, furloughs equating to an 8 percent cut and a mix of pay cuts and furloughs equivalent to an 8 percent decrease in salary. Employees making less than $46,000 a year would take a 4 percent cut. Fox also took questions and feedback from the audience.
“I think this is a very important time in the life of the university,” Fox said.
The UC Office of the President will recommend one of the three options and put it to a vote by the UC Regents in mid-July.