Written by Hal Brown/Sentinel-Tribune
Thursday, 13 August 2009 14:43
(Updated 7:08 a.m. 8-14) Bowling Green State University Thursday announced a furlough plan that will affect about one-fourth of its employees through next June 30.
Trustees adopted the furlough policy during a short meeting following a two-day retreat at Atwood Lake Resort in eastern Ohio.
The announcement coincided with BGSU Trustees adoption of a furlough policy as outlined in the recent state budget legislation.
“After significant review and discussion of various options, we have decided to implement unpaid furloughs for this fiscal year for all full-time 12-month staff, faculty administrators, and library faculty who will earn $50,000 or more in base salary as of Aug. 24,” Cartwright said in a letter that was sent via e-mail to faculty and staff.
Cartwright said the legislature included the furlough language in the budget because administrators at some state schools weren’t convinced furloughs were allowed. Cartwright said she didn’t think the provision was needed, along with some others, but all of the state schools agreed to ask for the language.
The move is expected to save BGSU $800,000 and will not affect accural of vacation or sick leave.
Beginning Sept. 1 and until June 30, 2010:
• Those employees who earn from $50,000 to $74,999 will be required to take three furlough days.
• Those earning from $75,000 to $99,999 must take five furlough days.
• Those earning $100,000 and above must take seven furlough days.
The majority of BGSU faculty are on nine-month contracts and are not affected by the furloughs.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon by the Bowling Green State University Faculty Association, the group expressed “deep sympathy for the 500 university colleagues who are being forced to take unpaid furloughs. Given that many of us are experiencing a salary freeze, these real cuts in salaries are sure to make already strained family budgets even tighter.”
The statement, signed by David J. Jackson, president of BGSU-FA, continued, “Unpaid furloughs and the salary freeze convince us even more strongly that collective bargaining is needed now.
“The reason we support collective bargaining is not because we think it will eliminate the need for shared sacrifices in difficult economic times; rather, we believe in collective bargaining because it will increase the transparency of the process of deciding who will be asked to make the sacrifices, and because it will give faculty a real say in the decision-making process as well.”
The Office of Human Resources will notify employees affected by the furlough and they will receive detailed information about their options on Monday. Three open forums are also planned to address questions and concerns.
Employees may not work on their furlough days. However, the members of the President’s Cabinet have decided to take some of the scheduled paid university holidays, such as Thanksgiving, as their furlough days to minimize the impact on operations. Cartwright will take all seven of her furlough days as unpaid holidays.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2009 08:07