University of Arizona Furloughs Staff, Keeps Leadership Employed Full Time

The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ announced in an email to all staff minutes ago that it will be institution a furlough for the following employees:

  • For those within the salary bands up to $44,449 a year, a furlough of 13 days to be taken over time
  • For those within the salary bands of $44,500 to $75,000 a year, a furlough of 26 days to be taken over time
  • For those within the salary bands of $75,001 to $150,000 a year, a furlough of 39 days to be taken over time
  • For those within the salary bands of $150,001 to $199,999 a year, a straight salary reduction of 17%
  • For those within the salary bands of $200,000 or more a year, a salary reduction of 20%

Leadership positions (those making 150k or more) will continue to receive a paycheck during the time when other staff will not, which has caused some staff to question the motives of the action.

Helena Rodriguez, VP and Chief Human Resources Officer, explained, “The goal here is to protect the institution to the extent possible” while fielding questions from staff about using vacation days during a furlough. Unfortunately, for those who make less than $44,449 annually they are being forced to take unpaid days, while some employees still make more than $200,000.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more updates are available.

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