University of Wisconsin-Superior will roll out intermittent furloughs beginning July 1

UWS Chancellor Renee Wachter will take a 15% voluntary pay reduction.

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The University of Wisconsin-Superior is pictured in this 2016 aerial photo. (File/Telegram)

Intermittent furloughs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will go into effect beginning July 1, meaning all employees will be required to take one day of unpaid leave per two-week pay period through the end of the year.

There's a possibility the intermittent furloughs could be extended through the end of the fiscal year 2021, which is June 30, 2021, UWS Director of Strategic Communications and Special Assistant to the Chancellor Jordan Milan told the News Tribune. The furloughs allow the university to cut expenses while maintaining benefits for all its employees.

UWS Chancellor Renee Wachter is taking a 15% voluntary pay reduction and all three of the campus' vice chancellors are taking a 10% pay reduction. They will continue working full time. UWS has 477 employees.

The university's intermittent furlough plan was established after the University of Wisconsin System Board authorized the UW System to do so.

UWS is projecting $1.3 million in revenue losses for the spring semester and anticipates the intermittent furloughs will save the campus $1 million. If the furlough extends through fiscal year 2021, it could save the university around $1.8 million.

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