Workplace change

By the close of business Tuesday our HR folks and supervisors had addressed the six layoffs you may have heard about by now.

Two layoffs didn’t actually happen. One position  became vacant before the layoff when the employee accepted a different job. Another was averted by figuring out a different way to pay for that position.

Several people, including news reporters, have asked for the names of the people who lost their jobs–possibly out of curiosity in some cases, but also in order to express support and empathy.  I don’t know the names of all of the people affected. Respect for the privacy of these folks would prevent me from posting their names in any case. But feel free to post here your messages to people who were laid off so they know how you feel.

I am sorry my lame attempt to write poetry offended someone. It wasn’t meant to. Thanks to gallaghal and for their Haiku – very nice indeed.

So what do I think I know about layoffs and other employment changes? Two are in the President’s Division and two are in Business & Financial Affairs.  Eleven other empty positions were eliminated as part of this budget action. Also, the hours associated with a couple of positions were reduced.

If your hours were cut over the last 12 months as part of the “cyclic leave” solution to last year’s budget cuts, you may already have received a letter that tells you your hours will revert to whatever they were prior to cyclic leave.

In other news……

On Monday the chair of the state House Higher Education Committee visited campus. Ann Anderson and Steve DuPont arranged a great campus tour for Rep. Larry Seaquist.  I asked Ann how it went and she said something like, “You know, our faculty are rock stars!  Amy Mumma, Dave Darda, and Margaret Badgley are just a few of the people who met with Rep. Seaquist, who enjoyed his tour and learned lots of new info about us.

Today the U Dub is considering a large tuition increase. Likely hike will be 20%, but there’s been a discussion of an increase as much as 22%.  More on that later this weekend.


About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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