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UC board votes today on employee furlough plan, other cuts, fee hikes

University facing $813 million budget shortfall

University of California Board of Regents committees Wednesday approved a plan that would institute employee furloughs along with other cuts and fee hikes, setting up a full board vote on the proposal today.

The Regents' committee on finance and compensation met in San Francisco at the UCSF Mission Bay campus Wednesday morning to consider a plan to offset an anticipated $813 million budget shortfall for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 fiscal years.

The plan includes a modified furlough plan that will force more than 108,000 members of the UC faculty and staff to take anywhere from 11 to 26 furlough days, with higher earners being forced to take more furlough days and steeper pay cuts, according to university officials.

The furloughs are expected to eliminate about a quarter of the budget deficit. The rest of the savings will come from previously approved student fee increases, debt refinancing and cuts spread across the 10 UC campuses.

The full board will vote on the plan at 11 a.m. today.

Hundreds of UC students and employees set up picket lines to protest the furloughs and fee hikes before Wednesday's meeting, according to Jelger Kalmijn, president of the University Professional and Technical Employees union.

Jesse Dungan, Bay City News

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