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U. of Calif. employees protest proposed cuts, furloughs

July 15, 2009

University of California workers poured out of the UC Medical Center in San Francisco during their lunch hour on Tuesday with raised fists and angry signs. Their anger was directed at UC President Mark Yudof whose budget-cutting plan asks the 10 UC campuses to make deep reductions in academic programs.

The University of California's governing board is meeting July 15 for a vote on furloughs for most of the university's 180,000 employees.

UC is coping with an $813 million budget shortfall because of a 20 percent drop in state support.

UC President Mark Yudof's plan being considered by the regents' finance committee calls for roughly 80 percent of the work force to take forced days off and salary reductions of up to 10 percent.

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Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle and CBS13.com.

Updated July 17, 2009

The University of California's governing board on Thursday approved an emergency budget plan that will force tens of thousands of employees to take furloughs and pay cuts.

The board's finance committee approved the proposal despite employee protests and pleas to consider alternative cost-cutting measures.

The 10-campus system, one of the country's leading public universities, is just one of many institutions being hit hard by California's budget crisis.

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Read more from the Boston Globe.