I waited to write about the announcement below until I checked my interpretation of the email with the administration.
(1) UPI has a furlough agreement in place, which we have voted on and signed, and it remains in place. (Attached here for your convenience.)
(2) UPI has not been asked to negotiate further furloughs. (This does not mean such a request can’t happen in the future, but we will again go through the process of polling the membership and bargaining if we are asked to negotiate further.)
(3) NEIU/UPI members may be exempt from furloughs this spring if they have signed an irrevocable intent to retire by December 2019.
Please note that whereas the maximum days of pay we will lose before the next school year is 8(TP/RP) or 6 (I/ASP/SRP), our non-negotiated coworkers will continue to have pay deducted. Please be supportive of those who are not in unions and make roughly the same salaries of those of us who do have collective bargaining protections.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Richard J. Helldobler
Date: Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 5:23 PM
Subject: Furlough notification, irrevocable election to retire
TO: University Community
FROM: Richard J. Helldobler, Interim President
DATE: April 28, 2017
RE: Furlough notification, irrevocable election to retire
I regret to inform all employees that the implementation of the University’s furlough program will continue:
— Administrative and Professional (A&P): ongoing
— Civil Service: after 30 days
— Negotiated employees: in accordance with University negotiations with bargaining units
— Student aides: prohibited from working on Mondays and Fridays during the furlough period
It was my hope that our elected officials in Springfield would have passed and signed a lifeline bill, but, regrettably, they did not. I would have preferred to inform employees in person, but a State Universities Civil Service System (SUCCS) 30-day notification rule requires me to share this news with you today. I have made arrangements to have an Open Forum for all non-negotiated employees (A&P and Civil Service) at noon on Thursday, May 11. More information will be forthcoming.
Finally, I am providing employees the option for irrevocable election to retire. This option has been developed to exclude from the furlough program those eligible employees who plan to retire by December 31, 2017, provided they submit the proper notification by May 31, 2017. More information will be provided next week.