MERCED -- Many of the questions asked couldn't be answered Tuesday at a forum to address pay cuts and furloughs next year for University of California employees.
Merced workers expressed dismay over a plan from the UC Office of the President to cut pay by 8 percent for employees earning more than $46,000 yearly. All other salaries -- with the exception of student workers -- would be cut 4 percent.
University President Mark Yudof announced the cuts in a letter posted to the university human resources Web site late last week.
In short, all employees are expected to take a cut under one of three plans: The first plan is a straight 8 percent pay reduction. Under the other two options, the pay reduction is less severe and employees will have to take unpaid time off, to equal about 8 percent of total pay.
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All three plans increase to 8 percent a voluntary 5 percent cut taken by senior management throughout the system in May.
About 860 UC Merced employees would be hurt by the cuts, according to staffing data from November.
The University of California must cut costs to cope with an $800 million funding shortfall for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.
A 9.3 percent increase in student fees will produce an additional $211 million to cover one-fourth of the shortfall.
The UC Board of Regents is scheduled to meet July 14-16 at UCSF Medical Center.