|vexed and vilified |
June 25, 2020
Furlough. I've come to have as much disdain for the word as the phrases, 'in an abundance of caution' and 'in these unprecedented times.' Oh for fuck's sake!
Somehow the uni is overbudget; I have my guesses, but it's a rather dire situation to hear it be told. In gestures of good faith, I've probably mentioned, some of our big-wigs have offered to take some pay cuts as well. Goody for them.
For faculty and staff, we have a 20-day furlough and a 10+ or 7.5% reduction in salary, respectively. However, as we've been told, there will be no loss of instruction time which for MWF classes like mine is 45 days per semester (90 for fall and spring)
Anyone who knows anything about teachers of any ilk knows that their instruction time is just a modicum of the time they spend preparing, researching, and now recording, and let's not forget everyone's favorite...grading for their classes. I am fortunate enough that I have just ONE set of plans to come up with. Some people have to do this for FIVE different classes.
That aside, for now, in preparation for this announcement, which had to be approved by some state council, we were asked about our ideas for budgetary slashing measures. There was an offer for early retirement, all of the adjuncts and other temp workers were also not asked to return. Several people I know are S.O.L. As for the other measures, we'll see what gets the ax, but again, as I have mentioned our little school by the sea isn't going to cut athletics. The president made it sound like in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS and in practically the same breath said we'd spend $500k to test our athletes for COVID. Um... faculty and staff have to self-monitor.
And there's been joking on FB about not being told until the very last minute about anything, and what we do get won't clarify anything. We learned of passing if the furlough Monday night, and there's been nary a peep from admin. Where's your damn town hall now? I do know this, the natives are restless, and there's a lot of chatter going on about losing between 7.5 and almost 11 percent of our salaries...amid a pandemic wherein we're trying to figure out a way to do our classes and let our students have some sense of a 'normal' college experience.
My mind is going back to a few things my mom used to say:
'We, the willing…led by the unknowing…are doing the impossible…for the ungrateful.'
'We have been doing so much for so long with so little, that we are now qualified to do practically anything with virtually nothing.'
But, she also told me this John Wesley quote:
"Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can."
Stay tuned...the shitshow continues...