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UConn grapples with more than $50 million deficit next academic year because of pandemic

The University of Connecticut will be cutting nonunion managers’ pay through furloughs and canceling their merit raises as the school grapples with a deficit of more than $50 million in the next academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

UConn President Thomas Katsouleas wrote in a recent letter to managers that most nonunion managers will be furloughed for the equivalent of one day a month in the new fiscal year that begins July 1. That would result in a pay reduction of just under 5% for the year.

Katsouleas said he and other senior managers with the highest pay will take the equivalent of two furlough days a month, equaling about a 10% pay cut.

The furloughs and cancellation of merit raises will save UConn an estimated $5 million, school spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said. They will apply at the main campus in Storrs, regional campuses and the School of Law. Similar furloughs will be taken at UConn Health, Katsouleas said.

Katsouleas also has asked unionized workers for concessions to help with the deficit, but some union leaders oppose the request citing past concessions.

UConn officials plan to present budget proposals Wednesday to the Board of Trustees, including $1.5 billion for the Storrs and regional campuses.


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