WIU announces more than 130 layoffs


    On Friday morning, Western Illinois University in Macomb announced cuts.

    According to Darcie Shinberger, WIU's Director of University Relations, 132 employees have now received notices regarding the cuts.

    The layoffs announced Friday afternoon include both faculty and staff from across the university.

    Here's a breakdown:

    132 lay off notices were sent Friday

    • 89 were civil service positions (plus nine employees who have had their retirement contract term lengths reduced) - 30 Day Notcie
    • 2 were Admin positions
    • 29 were faculty members
    • 12 were Academic Support Personnel

    As for the administrative side, with the two listed - just recently numerous employees with administrative titles were reclassified to Civil Service per the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) procedures manual, that is why the CS number is larger and admin number. is smaller.

    Shinberger also broke down the length of time the laid off personnel will have at the university.

    • Most Admin and ASP personnel, depending on the length of service, will have 6 months notice, but some ASP's are contractual and their notices span 3-9 months depending on service.
    • Unit A (tenured and tenure track) faculty get a full year notice. They will teach the 2019-2020 academic year, and be complete by the end of Spring 2020 semester (May 19, 2020)
    • Unit B faculty (non-tenure track) will finish the semester (May 14, 2019).

    Shinberger says the total number could change as a result of the bumping and reassignment process as well as retirements.

    Shinberger told KHQA Friday about 10 employees in security sensitive positions who received notices were asked to vacate their positions effective today (Friday).

    Those 10 were not escorted from their office or building nor banned from campus.

    Some packed their belongings Friday while others are coming back to do so at a later time.

    These 10 individuals were notified in person Friday morning and will continue to receive pay and benefits for 30 days per the Civil Service/Benefits policies.

    As a result of the current budget situation, including decreased enrollment, it is necessary to reduce our expenditures, including position reductions across the University. We have pledged to work with employees to provide career counseling and assistance with employment searches," stated WIU President Jack Thomas.
    UPI Local 4100 WIU Chapter responded to the layoffs Friday: "UPI regrets that the defunding of higher education, the Rauner impasse, and the university's inability to solve the enrollment decline puzzle have led to today's layoffs. UPI will be watching closely to see that our members' contractual rights are respected and that they are treated with dignity. We are also offering to attend meetings with any individual not represented by another union. We want to support everyone who needs or wants our support," said Chapter President William Thompson.

    The last time the university had layoffs was in 2016.

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