Friday, December 18, 2015

UNM cutbacks harming staff morale, regents told - Maggie Shepard, Albuquerque Journal

University of New Mexico staff officials gave regents an earful Friday about sagging morale as the school continues to wrestle with dropping revenue and increasing health care and utility expenses. The school is expected to face a minimum $3.5 million shortfall in next year’s budget and is making staff and program reductions to cut expenses. Crystal Davis, president of the UNM staff council, said the cuts and talk of faculty raises combined with years of staff without a substantial raise make them feel “undervalued and underappreciated.” She told regents at their monthly meeting Friday that the school’s 5,200 staff members – ranging from researchers to secretaries to department administrators – are fed up with what they feel is the university balancing its budget “on the backs of the staff.”

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