Cal State chancellor says layoffs likely even with furloughs

California State University’s chancellor said today he anticipates layoffs next year even if its largest union agrees to furloughs. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez: During a teleconference, Cal State chancellor Charles Reed said his plan for two furlough days a month would apply to almost all employees and would erase nearly half of Cal State’s $584 million deficit.

Charles Reed: Furloughs save jobs. Furloughs keep people's health insurance and retirement benefits in place.

Guzman-Lopez: Later he said that even if unions accept furloughs, he couldn’t guarantee jobs would be protected next year.

Reed: I would anticipate that come the spring, in anticipation of the fall of 2010-2011, that there would be workforce reduction.

Guzman-Lopez: Members of the union that represents more than 20,000 Cal State faculty members are voting this week on Reed’s plan. Union leaders want job protections if they accept the furloughs. A spokeswoman for the faculty union said Reed’s statement surprised her.

Cal State trustees are set to vote on the chancellor’s budget deficit plan next week.

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