Wright State To Make $10M Budget Cut; Faculty Contract Negotiations Continue
Wright State University is taking steps to cut $10 million from its current fiscal year budget ending June 30. University officials say the move is part of an effort to avoid state fiscal watch by adding money to Wright State's reserve fund, which was depleted by overspending.
Many WSU faculty members, already reeling from millions of dollars in budget cuts that took effect last year, say they’re not sure what’s left to cut.
Dr. Noeleen McIlvenna, a Wright State professor of history and member of the faculty union, says her department has already eliminated all discretionary spending.
“As our department chair says, at this point all they can do is come and take our printer away,” she says.
McIlvenna says the faculty union is unsure how the latest cuts will affect ongoing contract talks with Wright State. The two sides have been in negotiations for over a year. The union amended its bylaws late last year to allow for a strike, and McIlvenna says members are still prepared to walk off the job if no deal is reached.
The two parties are currently awaiting the results of a fact-finding report, which could come as early as April 19.