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Wright State to eliminate 71 jobs, leave 107 open jobs unfilled

Wright State to eliminate 71 jobs, leave 107 open jobs unfilled (File photo: WKEF/WRGT)

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Wright State University will eliminate 71 jobs, including 24 classified staff members, 43 unclassified staff members and four faculty members, according to a budget proposal.

“I essentially believe that this is the low point for Wright State, and everything from this point is forward and up,” Chair of the Wright State University Finance Committee Doug Fecher.

The proposal also moves to leave 107 jobs that are currently open, unfilled. The move would save the University about $14.1 million in salary and benefits, according to the proposal.

The university says 65 percent of the proposed eliminations are positions that are considered administrative positions. The university says another 14 full-time positions that are filled will have their hours reduced. The university's interim president, Curtis McCray says the people impacted by these cuts are excellent employees and are not responsible for the university's budget issues, "I am very sorry and personally wish we had not come to this moment,” McCray said.

Wright State is proposing to remove "bumping rights," also known as seniority. Hourly employees are allowed to invoke bumping rights if their job is in jeopardy. The move forces the University to cut a lesser experienced staff members instead, and sometimes that can come from a different department. Of the 71 jobs to be eliminated, 20 of them belong to people who have bumping rights.

“They are changing the rules of the game on us right before they take people's jobs away,” staff member Dawn Banker said, “When they say that to us they make us feel like we aren't part of the University anymore.”

The budget proposal was discussed at Friday's regularly scheduled Board of Trustees finance meeting. It's been on the minds of many employees who are worried they're one of the positions that will be cut. Wright State says it will have a job fair on campus for employees who lose their job, in order to help them find new employment. Wright State Interim President Curtis McCray said he believes the job fair will make a big difference for employees, "if there are employee that come in there and care for her, and I think it provides a sense of security that would otherwise be missing to know that the potential to be reemployed is there.”

The university says it will also continue its tuition reimbursement for employees whose jobs are cut and their immediate dependents for two years after they leave their job at Wright State. Human Resources will also be available to counsel employees, review resumes, give interview critiques and skills assessments.

The university is asking for feedback on the proposal, Board of Trustees website. The board will vote on the budget on June 8.

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HAPPENING TODAY.. an announcement on the budget cuts coming to WRIGHT STATE

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MANY EMPLOYEES ARE WORRIED ABOUT LOSING THEIR JOBS.. AS THE UNIVERSITY LOOKS TO CUT 30 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THEIR SPENDING BY 2018..

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FOX 45'S JASON PUHR (POOR) IS LIVE NOW.. WHERE TRUSTEES WILL MAKE AN ANNONCMENT ON THAT BUDGET THIS MORNING..

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ERIK, MEGAN.. the employees that could lose their job are known as classified employees. Which stands for hourly workers. Which could be a range of jobs for the school..

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MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE MAY BE PAYING ATTENTION TO TOdays board of trustees MEETING.. WRIGHT STATE ANNOUNCED A WEEK AGO THAT THEY WERE FINISHING THE BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR 20-18. AND THAT THEY WOULD ANNOUNCE THEIR PLANS THIS MORNING.. W-S-U HAS ALSO ANNOUNCED THEY WILL HAVE A JOB FAIR ON CAMPUS FOR EMPLOYEES WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS.. TO HELP THEM FIND NEW WORK..

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Curtis Mccray, Interim President WSU

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“It makes a great deal of difference to the employee herself if she has an opportunity, if there are employee’s that come in there and care for her, and I think it provides a sense of security that would otherwise be missing to know that the potential to be reemployed is there.”

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WRIGHT STATE SAYS WE WILL LEARN ABOUT ESTIMATED PERSONNEL CHANGES.. AND OPERATIONAL CHANGES TODAY.. WE WILL BE INSIDE FOR THE MEETING AND LIVE STREAMING WHAT HAPPENS...

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The meeting will happen here AT 24-55 PRESIDENTIAL DRIVE.. ACROSS FROM THE UNIVERSITY..COMING UP. MORE INFROMATION FROM STAFF ON HOW THEY'RE RESPONDING TO TODAY'S MEETING AND ANNOUNCEMENT, REPORTING LIVE AT WRIGHT STATE, JASON PUHR, FOX 45 NEWS

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