St. Petersburg College may enact 10 percent pay cut
Anticipating another round of state budget cuts to higher education, the St. Petersburg College board of trustees approved a contingency plan earlier this week that could include across-the-board reductions in pay of up to 10 percent for all employees.
The possible cut would affect all staff members, administrators, career service employees and faculty members, except those for whom the 10 percent reduction would mean working for less than minimum wage.
SPC president Carl Kuttler (shown) stated in a letter to faculty members and staffers that he did not believe the pay cut would be necessary but said the college needed to be prepared for a decrease in funding before the new fiscal year begins July 1.
“Most colleges and universities in the state and around the country have had serious layoffs,” Kuttler wrote. “SPC has not, but we may now have to eliminate or downsize a few programs and re-evaluate staffing levels in some areas.”
Kuttler said the action is in the spirit of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address, in which he praised the foresight and generosity of American workers who would cut their own hours or pay rather than see friends and colleagues lose their jobs.
“Be assured the college has made considerable effort the last four years to preserve salaries, jobs and benefits and will continue to do so,” Kuttler said.
Donna Winchester, Higher Education Reporter