SIU Layoffs Could Be On the Way

SIU Layoffs Could Be On the Way
By: Ryan Tate

(Carbondale, IL)--Seven employees are out of a job at Southern Illinois University, and more could be on the way.

According to Ruth Pommier, the President of the Association of Civil Service Employees, the second largest union on campus, her employees have been put on notice their jobs might be in jeopardy.

"What I know is there is a potential of 100 layoffs in my sector alone," Pommier said.

But what leaders at SIU are waiting for is Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's budget speech planned for Wednesday, April 9th. In that speech, the governor is expected to lay out his plans for the upcoming fiscal year. He also wants to balance the budget, and education could be cut to help do that.

"We're looking forward to the clarity we're going to get on April 9th on what the budget's doing," SIU Chancellor Walter Wendler said. "We're going to do the best we can. I can't fear those things I don't know."

The employees already out of a job are Civil Service employees, such as clerical workers, and accountants.

Three of them were on a grant program, and according to the university, the grant money has run out.