University News

Furlough Program to Continue in FY18 [Posted 6/27/17]

June 27, 2017

Share |
Printer friendly version

MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- Western Illinois University will extend its current furlough program for non-negotiated administrative and non-academic personnel into FY18. Furloughs can be taken anytime during Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018).

"Due to the ongoing budget stalemate, we must extend the furlough program into the next fiscal year," President Jack Thomas noted. "I appreciate the continued sacrifices of our University community. The decisions we are being forced to make are difficult. It is disappointing that the state's leaders have not resolved this budget impasse, which has caused painful consequences for our public universities."

The mandatory furlough program requires affected employees to take a temporary unpaid leave of absence based on the terms of the program.

Vice President for Administrative Services Matt Bierman explained the program will be administered much like the Spring 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017 programs, with the same guidelines applying (which can be found at

The furlough schedule, which is based on base salary, follows:
• $50,000 and above: 8 (eight) days
• $40,000-$49,999: 6 (six) days

Non-negotiated employees making $39,999 and below have been excluded in the FY18 program.

Bierman added that the suspension of P-cards will continue, with the current purchasing approval requirements remaining in place.

Posted By: WIU News (
Office of University Relations