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WIU Announces Furloughs, Voluntary Pay Reduction Programs

March 3, 2016

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Updated 3/3/16 [to include QC presentation date below)

MACOMB, IL -- With the budget impasse approaching nine months, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas announced today (March 1) that mandatory furloughs and voluntary pay reduction programs will be implemented for all non-negotiated personnel (administrative/non-academic and civil service personnel not covered by unions). While the mandatory program will take place June 1-30, employees may voluntarily elect to spread out their furlough days or participate in the voluntary pay reduction program beginning April 2.

The furlough schedule, which is based on base salary, follows:

$150,000 and above: 15 days
$125,000-$149,999: 14 days
$100,000-$124,999: 13 days
$75,000-$99,999: 12 days
$50,000-$74,999: 10 days
$40,000-$49,999: 6 days
$39,999 and under: No furloughs

The mandatory furlough program requires affected employees to take a temporary unpaid leave of absence based on the terms of the program. The temporary voluntary pay reduction program allows affected employees the ability to decrease their base pay by a percent comparable to the mandatory furlough. Letters detailing furloughs/voluntary pay reductions will be sent to affected employees from Human Resources and the Academic Personnel Office.

FAQs and answers will be available by 4:30 p.m. today at In addition, Human Resources and Academic Personnel will hold informational sessions at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 in the University Union Heritage Room and from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 7 in room 111 at the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront campus.

The implementation of furloughs for Civil Service employees is possible because of an emergency rule that has been approved by the State University Civil Service System office and the Joint Committee on Rules in the Illinois State Legislature. Discussions are also underway with each collective bargaining unit to implement furloughs within their individual contracts.

"Without further action to reduce expenditures, such as furloughs and holding positions open, our monetary reserves that serve to bridge the revenue gap will be depleted by the end of this fiscal year," Thomas added. "We have significantly reduced operating expenditures and Western Illinois University is a very efficient university, operating well below state averages on instructional and administrative costs per credit hour. The decisions we are being forced to make are incredibly difficult. We are making these decisions to ensure a sound future for Western Illinois University."

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