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Feedback Requested on Draft Furlough Policy

On Monday, June 2, a memo regarding a draft furlough policy was sent out by Erik Seastedt, CHRO. The memo is copied below.

The UA Staff Alliance requests your feedback so that we can communicate your concerns to the UA administration and to the June Board of Regents meeting (this Thursday and Friday). Please leave a comment below.

The Regents are meeting June 5 & 6 in Anchorage in the Lee Gorsuch Commons. Public testimony will be heard at approximately 9:00 AM each day. Public testimony can only be given in-person and comments are limited to 3 minutes per individual or as determined by the chair. There will be a sign-up sheet in advance. Written comments can be submitted to sybor@alaska.edu and will be distributed to the Regents and the President following the meeting.

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To: University of Alaska Staff Employees
From: R. Erik Seastedt, Chief Human Resources Officer

Date: June 2, 2014

Re: Draft Furlough Policy

A draft furlough policy has been developed to provide a possible
alternative to layoffs in the event of temporary and unanticipated
budgetary shortfalls.

This draft policy will be discussed with the UA Board of Regents at their
June 5-6 meeting in Anchorage. A formal motion on this policy may be
considered by the Board at their September meeting in Juneau. If the motion
passes, the policy as currently drafted would take effect January 1, 2015.

Please give staff governance your input on the draft policy so they can
represent your perspectives when addressing this issue with the UA Board of
Regents.

The draft policy anticipates that implementation details would be addressed
in regulations adopted by the president. In accordance with Regents’
Policy, governance groups and the chancellors would have an opportunity to
comment on draft regulations. Implementation details will include ensuring
essential services are not affected; notice to employees; exceptions for
externally funded or other classes of employees for whom furlough is
inappropriate; effects on benefits, retirement, holidays; expedited dispute
resolution, etc.

Please be advised that this draft policy does not unilaterally change the
terms and conditions of employment in any UA Collective Bargaining
Agreements.

The draft furlough policy reads as follows:

*P04.07.115 Employee Furlough*

*A. Effective January 1, 2015, to address budgetary shortfalls in any unit
of the university, employees may be subject to furlough via temporary
unpaid leaves of absence or prospective, temporary reductions in pay. *

*B. Furloughs shall be implemented in accordance with regulations and
plans approved by the president pursuant to this policy, provided however
that employees shall receive written notice of furlough as provided by
regulation and further provided that employees may not work or use paid
leave during a period of leave without pay due to furlough.*

*C. Furlough plans may be implemented notwithstanding any other regents’
policy, university regulation or university or campus practice or procedure
and are subject to review only as may be provided in regulations adopted
pursuant to this policy.*

If you have questions, please contact me at 907-450-8222 or
eseastedt@alaska.edu.

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