California State University, East Bay announced today (Tuesday, Feb. 16) that an estimated 140 non-teaching staff members would be subject to workforce reductions either by time-reductions or layoffs.
All reductions will be effective June 30, 2010, the close of the university’s fiscal year.
The exact number of employees, as well as which employees will be affected, will not be known until the end of the fiscal year. The determination of who will be affected will be in accordance with the process defined by collective bargaining agreements. Some full time employees will be offered part-time positions with benefits. Other employees may elect to retire. The university estimates that the net effect will be the loss of up to 60 jobs.
“A decision such as this is among the hardest an institution like ours is forced to make,” said CSUEB President Mo Qayoumi. “But budget realities have called for difficult decisions across the University. To me, the loss of valued employees and colleagues, due to no fault of their own, is one of the most difficult situations I have experienced in my work life.
“As we go through this process it will be stressful and painful. It will require no less than the best in us—to help and support each other in these most difficult of times.”
In a meeting with university non-teaching staff and management, President Qayoumi described the decrease in the university’s base funding over the past three years as “staggering.” He noted that the net reduction in the university’s base budget from 2008-09 to 2010-11 was $20.3 million, a decrease of more than a 14 percent. That total does not include a $4.2 million structural deficit the university has been trying to eliminate since the president arrived in July 2006.
The university attempted to notify all staff members affected by the layoffs in separate meetings Tuesday afternoon with managers and Human Resources staff. The timing of the notifications was chosen to comply with timelines stipulated in contracts with respective bargaining units.
For those employees directly affected by the workforce reduction, the Office of Human Resources will offer extended hours and provide access to the Employee Assistance Program, which provides counseling and other support services. Human Resources staff will also be available to provide career planning, resume writing, and interview preparation assistance to affected employees.