Monday, May 1, 2017

MU Staff Members Question Administrators About Potential Layoffs - Andrew Kessel, KBIA

Talk of layoffs began with an April 3 email from UM System President Mun Choi, who announced that cuts to staff and non-tenure track faculty might be necessary in order to cut the system’s budget by 8 to 12 percent for fiscal year 2018 in order to keep up with an expected loss of state funding. There are about 7,000 to 8,000 staff employed by MU, said Chrissy Kintner, chair of the council. That number jumps to 13,000 when you include employees of University Hospital. Members of the panel emphasized that conversations about layoffs are ongoing and nothing has been finalized. But the panel confirmed that, in the event of layoffs, the transition assistance program, which provides temporary income and benefits, would remain in place.

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