CARBONDALE — Layoffs at SIU Carbondale are possible for next semester, according to a letter sent this week by the administration to one of its faculty unions.

The university issued what it calls a procedural letter to the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association on Monday, declaring it might need to reduce employees before the start of the spring semester in January, because of budget shortfalls brought on by enrollment drops. The university also cited potential state and federal funding declines.

Such advance notices are mandated under the union’s contract with the university. Final notification for all full-time NTT faculty must be made by Nov. 30. For other staff, the deadline is Dec. 15.

SIU is facing the prospect of covering more employee pension costs under a deal Gov. Pat Quinn wants finished by early January. In addition, sequestration measures that might happen if the federal government pitches over the “fiscal cliff” could severely cripple research and student aid funding.

NTT Faculty Association President Anita Barrett declined to comment Wednesday but forwarded a message the union sent to members outlining their rights under the contract.

“Until there are specific names and details, we have nothing to say other than what we told our members,” Barrett said in an email to The Southern Illinoisan.

The letter was only sent per the requirement of the contract, Chancellor Rita Cheng said, noting she believes the university will be able to avoid significant reductions next semester.

“There will be some changes, but there are no widespread layoffs at all,” she said. “That rumor needs to be stopped; that’s just not the case.”

College deans and program directors are being asked to submit plans that assume further reductions in funding, Cheng said. In the end, she expects some employees may be moved but not cut.

Jim Clark, regional director for the IEA/NEA, which represents the faculty unions on campus, said the university is following the contract on procedure, but any layoffs would impair the university’s mission.

In addition to NTT faculty, Clark said similar notices have been sent to civil service employees on campus.

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Ric Blaine
Ric Blaine

SIU Layoffs Possible in January? I may be wrong but I could swear I saw Rita Cheng on Channel 3 News the other night saying that any talk of layoffs is premature. What happened in so short a period of time?

paranoid
paranoid

The only recent interview of Chancellor Cheng that I can find from this week was on WSIU radio. There she said that based on the vice chancellors' working papers, there will be "less than half a dozen" layoffs.

From what I saw in the minutes of the October Faculty Senate meetings, the vice chancellors' documents only include layoffs in the administrative offices they directly oversee, not any layoffs that there could be in the colleges and academic departments.

http://news.wsiu.org/post/siuc-chancellor-rita-cheng-0

http://facultysenate.siu.edu/agenda_minutes/2012/oct12_minutes.html

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

Good comment there paranoid, give me a call, I have some beachfront property in Arizona I would like to offer you at a very reasonable price.

paranoid
paranoid

@StraightTalk:

I'm reporting what the chancellor said, not what I believe.

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

Ok "paranoid", I get your drift, I withdraw my offer, that is unless you are interested.

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

What was premature is that she wasn't able to keep the cat in the bag.

Mrmato
Mrmato

As a very happy, former SIUC employee, I can tell you exactly what killed this university...unions. It is much like Hostess going out of business, the destruction of the auto industry, and most industrial jobs moved to foreign lands...unions making demands that were great in the short term for employees, but unsustainable and destructive. The union mentality killed productivity. Faculty get the same raise whether they are lazy or productive, but you can't be productive because you make others look bad, so they kill you politically. SIUC is the most negative work environment possible. The unionized faculty are reaping what they sowed. SIUC will never be a sustainable university, unless it sheds itself of these unions and replaces the corrupt administrators throughout the insitution.

MMike
MMike

The unions, at least the faculty unions, came into being because of the problems at SIUC. Faculty productivity has not dropped since the FA was formed. In fact the Administration acknowledged that the under paying of faculty relative to peer institutions was causing a loss of productive faculty. Obviously the rescission has changed the financial situation and our recent raises have been negligible.

Mrmato
Mrmato

I should have been clearer about this issue in my post. Yes, I was there before the union came into being and it was bad. I think, however, that the formation of the unions made things worse than they were instead of better. SIUC created the environment that it finds itself in. There are state universities that are thriving these days because they provide both a positive learning and working environment. Until SIUC can look itself in the mirror and say that it must change, it will continue to whither away.

MMike
MMike

Well, I agree with your last sentence.

MickeeD
MickeeD

We had a meeting in our department a few weeks ago concerning the budget. I was tempted to ask how much of that financial shortfall included Coach Lowery's salary. I decided not to.

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

OMG, Mickster you actually held your opinion when your job is on the line, brave dude you are.

DeeJay
DeeJay

Easy to be critical when you are on the outside looking in.

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

It's not criticism , it is reality, just as the Mickster who has suddenly running silent running deep.

Leaningright
Leaningright

But they just hired a new vice chancellor to the tune of $185,000 a year.

http://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/siu-picks-new-vice-chancellor-over-fundraising/article_a422411c-22a8-11e2-9a69-001a4bcf887a.html

DrJohnnyFever
DrJohnnyFever

Poshard and Cheng should be at the top of the list

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

Oh, they are at the top of the list alright, have you checked the salaries of SIUJC employees? The are up there on top, just not the top of the list you wish them were.

veg
veg

@COALDEATH, you are spot on. SIU is pretty much nothing but foreign students, or the Chicago hoodlums (not ALL, but there is a fair share!). SIU needs to start worrying about AMERICAN students, and stop recruiting the foreign students who hardly speak English.

trueLOVEalways
trueLOVEalways

Are you certain they are recruiting them or are they all that are applying to attend there? Chicago is part of America (unfortunately) so their hoodlums are also American. Now, with that said, I do agree the university should focus more on bringing in a better class of students.

Petro
Petro

They are actively recruiting them. There also exists a double standard of admissions requirements, lower standards for "Special Admissions" or "Exceptional" students, to get them in. My understanding is also that many of these "students" are granted a free ride on tuition, room and board, etc.

veg
veg

Exactly. SIU's acceptance requirements (GPA, SAT scores) are much lower than schools in the Chicago area. Therefore, they recruit and advertise themselves heavily in the area. It in also unfortunate that quite a few of the students who are granted free rides completely waste them by not showing up to class, failing, etc. I witnessed it 10 times over while attending SIU, granted, after one semester of failing, I think they are required to pay all money back, but still... there are students from Southern Illinois that deserve these grants much more than the Chicago folk...

The Mighty Pen
The Mighty Pen

Wait...what?! If thre, that's just completely bogus. I've lived in Southern Illinois for seven years before starting SIU. I have a 24 ACT (about 75th percentile), and a 3.5 GPA. Yet I had to end up taking out a student loan becuase of a long-term family emergency which interferred with scholarship searching until late last spring. And yet, despite my efforts to keep a high GPA, SIU offers waivers to them? I even applied for their "Saluki Cares" tuition waiver, and had been told they halted that one...figures...

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

Coal mine laying off workers, SIUJC laying off workers is just the beginning folks. I suppose this is the progress that King Barack ask us to patiently wait for? Sit down in a chair, relax, take a deep breath, put your head between your knees and kiss your tails goodbye.

bluegill
bluegill

@straighttalk- small minded and shortsighted must be a horrible way to live.

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

Good one there bluegill? It's too bad you couldn't have made a relevant comment I am certain it would have been brilliant.

bluegill
bluegill

@straighttalk aka "chicken little" - you and this comment board don't come close to deserving my A game.

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

As usual bluegill, you say nothing by saying nothing, good show Maybe I am wrong and you weaklings will inherit the earth, or what is left of it after King Barack ignores the problem and turns his back on our allies.

bluegill
bluegill

@chickenlittle aka straighttalk - It's almost funny what a predictable whiner you are, but in reality it's just sad

StraightTalk
StraightTalk

Oh, we've seen you A Game bluegill, the only problem is it give the rest of us the ZZZZZZ's.

bluegill
bluegill

@chickenlittle aka straighttalk - HA - smallminded and wrong is no way to go through life son, maybe in the future you could come up with an opinion you haven't been spoon fed by Glen Beck - the right wing and you republicans in general are clinging to disproved rhetoric - time to grow up or step aside

Olmsted
Olmsted

Nothing brilliant about bluegill. It appears he has had his head under water too long. He must be a flaming liberal.

COALDEATH
COALDEATH

I could not afford SIU and my children will not afford SIU. But some rich brat from China gets in no problem and some gangster from Cook County gets in for free, while the staff get lazy waiting for their pensions to kick in. FIRE ALL THE COMMIES AT SIU

Ivyleaguer
Ivyleaguer

You should change your moniker to BRAINDEATH. You wouldn't know a communist if you tripped over one

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