After starting up intermittent furloughs in July due to pandemic-related financial constraints, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has decided to continue the furloughs through June 2021 for all staff and faculty.

The second round of intermittent furloughs, meaning mandatory unpaid time off, would begin Jan. 1. Employee earning will be reduced by about 6% due to the furloughs as opposed to the 10% reduction employees underwent this fall, according to a news release from UW-Superior. Twelve-month employees will be required to take eight unpaid days off before June 30, while nine-month employees will be required to take six unpaid days off.

A 2% pay increase to begin January across the UW System will help offset some of that decrease, the release stated.

The furloughs allow the university to preserve jobs and avoid layoffs.

UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter said in the release that because the university needs fewer furloughs this time around, it's a sign that the campus is weathering the storm.

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“We are very committed to our employees as being the most valuable resource of our institution and we are working hard to keep people in their positions despite these challenging times,” Wachter said.

The university announced the news to the campus community during a town hall with more than 200 employees joining in virtually.