Furlough Plan Approved by Full UC Board of Regents

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SAN FRANCISCO-The full UC Board of Regents approved the plan to enforce furloughs Thursday in a 20-1 vote.

Unions still in contract negotiations with the UC system must approve the furloughs before they take effect on Sept. 1.

The furlough plan, as proposed by UC president Mark Yudof two weeks ago, will implement a sliding scale of unpaid days off ranging from 11 to 26 days per year, with top earners possibly seeing the highest percentage reduction in salary.

In a statement released immediately after the decision, UC President Mark Yudof said the furloughs will follow a rule of flexibility, with faculty and staff picking their unpaid days off and clearing it with supervisors.

Yudof has urged faculty to take their unpaid days off around holidays to avoid disrupting classes.

The board's committee on finance approved the plan Wednesday, a decision faced with staunch and passionate opposition from university employees and unionized workers.

The plan was required to go before the full board before it could be implemented. There were no protests outside the meeting.

As in Wednesday's vote, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi was the sole dissenting vote against the plan.

"The cuts are devastating," he said after the meeting. "I am not about to vote for these when we should be pursuing more revenue for UC."

Garamendi lobbied the regents and chancellors to support AB 656, a bill that would enact a 9.9 severance oil tax to generate about $1 billion in revenue for higher education.


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