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04-02-2015
UA President Pat Gamble addresses the FY16 budget.

The dust has not yet settled enough in Juneau to give us a clear line of sight such that we are comfortable announcing firm plans.

UA President Pat Gamble

Dear University of Alaska Colleague,

This week, the Senate Finance Committee rejected the monetary terms for FY16 that were contained in all of the State's and the University of Alaska's collective bargaining agreements and removed from the budget all funding associated with those contractually negotiated salary increases as well as salary increases for non-covered employees. Impacted are both union and non-represented employees.

While this is not final, we understand this is not easy news. Because of the state's strong economy over the past fifteen or so years, we've all benefited from and come to count on annual pay increases. But we also recognize the challenges faced by the legislature as they turn over every stone to find ways they can reduce the level of deficit spending in FY16.

The chancellors and I have had ongoing discussions about how best to make the cuts we know will be necessary, looking at all options available to minimize the impact to the people and programs that are so important to the University's ongoing success and ability to help the state out of the current fiscal situation. Furloughs, reduced schedules and reduced pay increases have all been a part of this discussion, in addition to the prioritization and review work that will guide decisions on program and service cuts.

I know that many of you are eager to know what our plan is going forward. As you can see, the dust has not yet settled enough in Juneau to give us a clear line of sight such that we are comfortable announcing firm plans. We will keep you informed as we know more.

I continue to be impressed by your commitment to the University and to doing what's necessary to keep us strong and viable.

With gratitude,

Pat Gamble

 
 

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