9 laid off in UI facilities department

9 laid off in UI facilities department

URBANA – Layoffs have struck again in the Facilities and Services department at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus.

The belt tightening at the university, which is owed more than $400 million by the state, means that nine workers lost their jobs last week.

"Thirteen people received layoff notices in November 2009, but they were extended in December and January, because we had enough work for them," Urbana campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said. "Last Friday, we had to let nine of them go."

The group includes four carpenters, two mill workers and three laborers.

One carpenter had "retreat" rights and will become a laborer electrician.

The layoffs were because the workers' salaries are paid on a "charge back" basis, meaning their salaries are paid by units to Facilities and Services.

Kaler said it was possible the division could lose more workers.

"These decisions are made on a month-to-month basis, but we are continuing to see a drop in the work that supports many charge-back positions," she said.

In July, eight Facilities and Services staffers were notified of layoffs that took effect Aug. 31. One employee was cut from each of eight shops: repair, sheet metal, carpenter, transportation, machine shop, pipe fitter, construction and operations engineering.

The department has about 1,270 employees, according to Kaler.


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kiel wrote on February 23, 2010 at 7:02 am

State lawmakers had better realize that the largest employer in central IL must be adequately funded, or the loss of jobs will be catastrophic. There's a lot of lip-service paid to "creating jobs," but very little political will to actually create (or maintain!) them.

skiparoo wrote on February 23, 2010 at 9:02 am

decades of corruption in the state and federal governments have destroyed our economies. where is the new funding going to come from with ever rising unemployment and layoffs? the circle is broken.

bride71 wrote on February 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Where does this information come from? The pipefitters lost 10 employees to layoffs by August - before furloughs were even thought of being implemented. The shop also lost three to retirement, and one death in the past year. How much more corruption does this school deserve? This article blatantly shows that it is up and down the administration and the information that the public gets from them is absolutely incorrect.