During this unprecedented time in State budget negotiations I am doing everything in my power to urge the Governor and legislative leaders to get back to the work of passing a budget and ending the necessity for furloughs. Kathy Perry, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and her staff are working diligently to clarify the precise nature of the furloughs and the impact on the College’s workforce.
A formal letter written by SUNY for my signature will be distributed this afternoon to all affected employees. This letter, drafted by the SUNY central administration, outlines the immediate steps of implementing the furlough to fulfill contractual and legal requirements.
Furloughs will not impact student workers or work study recipients. MC employees, University Police officers, primary care providers and nurses in Student Health Services, and others whose duties are considered essential by the state, are among those not affected by the furlough.
We will be working with campus leadership to ensure that the end of semester final exam schedule and all Commencement activities are protected during this critical time. The College’s goal is to minimize the impact of furloughs on the student experience while we support employees through difficulties related to the furlough.
Our New York State legislators and the Governor must concentrate on passing a budget, so that we can get back to the business of educating the future leaders of New York State. I fully understand the hardship being placed on our employees and am working hard to communicate with our legislators the importance of passing a budget in order to end all discussion of furloughs.