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Proposal to Slash Salaries Riles California Researchers

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Science  03 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5936, pp. 19
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_19a

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Proposed salary cuts and/or furloughs for all faculty and staff members are causing consternation at the University of California (UC), one of the nation's largest public universities, with approximately 170,000 employees. The proposed cuts, outlined in a letter to all employees by UC President Mark Yudof on 17 June, would help reduce a projected $800 million shortfall in state funding for UC over the next 2 years, a result of the state's economic meltdown. Nobody likes a pay cut, but many science faculty and staff members are particularly peeved because their salaries are at least partly paid by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies. Cutting pay from these nonstate sources won't save UC any money, they argue, and could make matters worse.