SUNY Sullivan implements staff cuts

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LOCH SHELDRAKE – SUNY Sullivan has implemented staff retrenchments in response to projected declining revenues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Labor Management Lay-off Committee has moved ahead with staff reductions as a last resort, having sought expense reductions by a variety of means as part of the process determined by the Professional Staff Association’s (PSA) Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The administration has worked with the PSA and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, exploring a number of solutions, which included retirement incentives to limit the number of layoffs.

Board of Trustees’ Chairwoman Phyllis Coombe said after working on mutually beneficial solutions with the PSA, including accepting several of their proposals and offering “an attractive retirement incentive,” the college was able to dramatically reduce the number of layoffs from 16 to four.

“The Labor Management Lay-off Committee accepted several proposals from the Professional Association, making changes which will reduce the cost of Comp 1 w/Studio, Basic English w/Workshop models, and the Basic Arithmetic structure, as well as eliminating Freshman Seminar and offering specific courses on a rotating basis.