Chancellor announces 11 UWEC layoffs

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be laying off 11 employees due to the statewide budget cuts. The cuts are coming from four different departments ranging from the Chancellor's division to the facilities department.

“UW-Eau Claire received a $7.7 million reduction in our state appropriation as a result of the recently passed state budget,” Assistant Chancellor Mike Rindo says. “That’s a 26% reduction in state funding. Overall, 179 positions have been eliminated at the university and that’s almost a 15% reduction in the overall university personnel.”

As you can imagine, students around the campus weren’t necessarily jumping with joy about the reduction in faculty and staff. Allison Bender, an education major, doesn’t have a lot of positive things to say about the layoffs and the budget cuts in general.

“I think it’s super disappointing, the way that education is being valued in Wisconsin today. As an education major and future educator, I’m a person who values education a lot and I wish that our government did as well.”

Of all the departments facing layoffs, the facilities department is losing the most with 5 employees being laid off. With the 11 layoffs starting in February, but Rindo says the university is still looking to find other ways to meet the budget cuts.

“In order to reach the reduction, we’re also taking a look at cost savings in services and supplies and travel. The usual things that you would do, but because 85% of our costs are in personnel, that’s where you’re going to realize your biggest savings.”

Rindo explains to WEAU that with the majority of the budget’s needs allocated toward university personnel, that’s where the cuts needed to take place.

“This personnel reduction will result in about a $550,000 salary reduction, so we’ll save about that much. Overall, the university’s budget is about $12.2 million less annually now, because of the budget reductions in the 2013-15 budget and the 2015-17 budget, than it was two years ago.”

Rindo says there won't be any more cuts to UW-Eau Claire personnel through the end of 2015.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eleven university employees will be laid off at UW-Eau Claire.

That’s according to a message sent by Chancellor Jim Schmidt.

The layoffs include five people in Facilities, three in Student Affairs, two in Academic Affairs and one in the Chancellor’s division.

Schmidt says it’s because of the recent university budget cuts.

The layoffs are effective Feb. 1.

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