Last week, employees of the CSCU system received
from BOR President Mark Ojakian regarding voluntary furlough days. We know this action has caused some concern and confusion among the 4Cs membership.
Voluntary schedule reductions cannot be utilized by faculty or part-time employees; the only 4Cs employees that the memorandum applies to are professionals such as counselors, librarians, and administrators in such departments
as admissions, the registrar's office, and financial aid.
However, we are concerned about the impact that furloughs could have on our students. Our 4Cs members provide critical direct student support services. Reducing these services will compound the problems faced by our institutions, including their ability to increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates.
Therefore, top campus and BOR management - dean level and higher, might consider leading by example. Since they receive much higher salaries, their taking voluntary furloughs would maximize savings while minimizing the impact on students.
Retirement was also mentioned in the memorandum. We urge our members to weigh retirement carefully before making a decision. Retirement is a personal decision and one you should make on your own accord. Further, with a hiring freeze currently in effect, retirements will lead to further reductions in services to our students, both in and out of the classroom.
Please note that taking voluntary furlough days will help the system save money, but the fiscal problems of the system and state cannot be solved by this action alone.