UC Workers to Take Furloughs

The University of California's governing board has approved an emergency budget plan that will force tens of thousands of UC employees to take furloughs and pay cuts.

The UC Board of Regents voted Thursday to furlough up to 80 percent of the university's 180,000 workers to help address a $813 million budget shortfall caused by a deep cut in state funding.

The board's finance committee approved the proposal a day earlier.

Under the plan, employees will see their salaries reduced by 4 percent to 10 percent and take between 11 and 26 furlough days.

Several groups will be exempted by the furloughs, including most students, workers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and researchers paid with outside funding.

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