1992-05-27; Central Michigan Life
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Serving the campus community for more than 70 years Central! IEE Michigan LI ■ E WEDNESDAY May 27, 1992 VOLUME 74, NUMBER 87 MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 c 1992 CM LIFE (517) 774-3493 12 PAGES Phase II layoffs announced Thirty-one staff employees given early layoff notices By Rochelle Reneker ! IFF News Fd-tor CMLT officials have eliminated 48 full and part-time positions in an effort to help trim $3 million from the University's 1992 - 93 budget. University officials, however, tried to give as much notice as possible to employees holding positions slated for elimination, said Rat Goldsmith, director of Public Relations. "The University tried to give as much advance notice as possible via supervisors." she said. "Because after formal notice employees only have anywhere from one week to one month of work left." Seventeen of the positions to be eliminated are currently vacant. Employees to be laid off include seven administrative/ professional, which includes employees that are professional or management level; eight clerical; four supervisory technical, which includes supervisors of clericals and administra- 1 1 "The University tried to give as much advance notice as possible via su| oervisors." Rae Goldsmith tive aides and 12 maintenance and food service workers. Vacant positions include two in the senior officer group, four administrative/professional, one clerical, three supervisory technical, three maintenance and food service and four in University service faculty. Formal notice will be given May 29. Included layoffs will cut the University budget by $1.2 million. Plachta appointed three teams to study energy conservation, health services, the motor pool, athletics, printing services: workers' compensation and the Central Health Improvement Program. Groups are expected to report to Plachta with results around June 1, but will be given more time if needed, he said. University officials are working to limit salary increases, will not increase the supplies budget and are reviewing several academic programs to possibly be cut. The Phase II cuts are designed to permanently reduce the budget, Plachta said. The University will offer help to those employees being affected by the lay offs. Services include, preparing resumes and assistance seeking retraining or new employment. Counseling will also be made available based on the needs of laid off employees. The University eliminated 19 positions in Phase I of the budget cuts. The University reduced its budget by about $2.6 million during the first phase of the budget cuts. LIFE Photo/Mic Stankiewicz Joseph G. Steele Mac- Breacan, Steward of the Clan Breacan, spent much of last weekend relating tales of his clan at the Alma Highland Festival. For story and more photos, see page eight. Public Safety head McAuliffe laid off By TJ Bucholz - "-F Friiior Although layoff's at public- institutions can sometimes be shocking, no one was more surprised than John McAuliffe Tuesday. After serving the CMU community since August of 1969. McAuliffe was informed Tuesday his job was being eliminated, due to Phase II budget cuts implemented by the University. When asked about the "lay offs. McAuliffe only knew of one. "The only one I know about is me," said a stunned McAuliffe in a telephone interview with CM LIFE on Tuesday. "Apparently, my position has been Said off. It doesn't feel very good, not at all." In a written statement. Kim Ellertson, vice president for business and finance said he "reviewed the operations of the CMU Department of Public Safety carefully and thoroughly," and believes "that responsibilities for law JOHN McAULlFFE enforcement oversight can be consolidated within the department and that some of the administrative or management functions for public- safety can be handled at another level." Although Ellertson refused to comment about the specifics of the layoff, he See LAYOFF Page 2 Clericals, University sign a new contract By Rochelle Reneker ! IFF News Fditnr Members of CMU's Clerical Union 6888 voted by secret ballot to accept the University's last best offer. Union members informed University officials May 20 they had ratified the three-year contract. The contract will be submitted to interim President Leonard E. Plachta for approval. Clerical employees previous contract expired on June 30. 1991 and was extended until the strike, which began August 21, 1991 and continued until Sept 23, 1991. The proposal — made during the a May 12 bargaining session ^— is called the last best offer because it is the most the University can offer and still stay within its financial limitations, said Rae Goldsmith, director of Public Relations. One concern the clericals faced if the contract was not ratified. University officials would have begun implementing parts of the last best offer. "That was definitely a concern of our members," said Union President Shary Gaunt. Union members are still angry, Gaunt said. "We are still very angry," she said. ''But the University has not broken our spirits — and if that was their intent — it didn't work." The contract includes a wage freeze during 1991 - 92 and a 3 percent increase during 1992 - 93. which includes a 2.75 percent increase in base salary and a .25 percent lump sum payments to be spread out over 26 pay periods. The same wage increases will be implemented during the 1993-94 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Various portions of the contract will be put into effect before July 1. Also included are increased health benefits including, addition of mammogram and pap smear coverage and $110.224 in benefit pool for 1992 - 93 and $1 H),002 increase in 1993 - 94. The benefit pool will fund increases in health, dental and vision premiums. Reduction in benefits for part time employees will be delayed until June 30. 1994. Plachta is pleased union members ratified the last best offer. "I hope we can put it behind us," he said.
|Title||1992-05-27; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, May 27, 1992 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Copyright Permission||Copyright 1992 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|