No agreement on furloughs from SU faculty

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Posted: Aug 29, 2011 7:02 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Aug 29, 2011 7:02 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Southern University

BATON ROUGE-- Southern faculty failed Monday afternoon to reach an agreement on whether they will agree to furloughs. Now the decision is up to Senate Faculty President Dr. Sudhir Trivedi.

The Board voted down the proposed budget Friday afternoon in Shreveport. In that budget, administrators proposed declaring a financial crisis so they could furlough professors up to ten percent.

Trivedi pointed a caulking gun at faculty members and pulled the trigger, then turned it on himself, trying to depict what a declaration of financial exigency would mean for the school.

The school's credit has already been downgraded with Moody's because of the possibility of financial exigency.

If faculty do not agree to furloughs, the school could declare a financial emergency.

Some faculty seemed interested in the proposal of agreeing to furloughs, as long as they were protected and didn't face more cuts.

Ultimately, the motion to adopt an agreement failed.

Now, Trivedi has until Wednesday at 1:00 to decide what he will propose. That is when the board votes on the new budget.

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