Saturday, July 18, 2009

Furloughs for Fresno State Librarians in the Works

Four employee unions at California State University, Fresno have voted to approve a tentative agreement that could lead to two-day-a-month furloughs for non-faculty employees.

The vote at Fresno State was 231 in favor of ratification and 42 against, says Nancy Kobata, the Fresno Chapter 309 president.

Fresno State staffers are members of four statewide bargaining units of the California State University Employees Union, SEIU Local 2579, which represent administrative staff, librarians, plant operations workers, office workers, technicians and other employees.

Union members throughout the 23-campus CSU system are voting on the furlough agreement which was negotiated in response to a $584 million gap between state support and the cost of educating students at the nation’s biggest state university system during 2009-10.

If the agreement is approved by members statewide, campus-specific furlough plans would be adopted for Fresno State and each of the other 22 CSU campuses.

The estimated 10 percent salary savings from furloughs would be added to increased revenue from higher student fees, enrollment limits, hiring and salary freezes, class-section decreases and operational, building and maintenance cutbacks to close the gap.

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