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200 CWU employees will have their hours cut or will be laid off

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Yakima, WASH--Central Washington University announced today that budget cuts are forcing them to cut back on staff.  The university president held a question and answer session this afternoon to explain to employees and students what that means for them.

About 200 employees will see either cuts to their hours or layoffs.  This includes both classified staff like secretaries all the way up to administrators.   Additionally, 16 vacant positions will be left unfilled, more than 30 employees will accept voluntary leave, and about 20 staff members will either leave or retire.   This is all the result of $3 million in state funding cuts. 

President Gaudino said many times that the decision to cut back on staff was a last resort.  According to him, there were no other options. In making the cuts he said the board had to focus on what was the most important. 

Students won't be seeing any major cuts this time around...but they were hit hard earlier this year.  Today some of them spoke out against that second 14-percent fee increase in 2 years. 

Students and staff alike said how frustrated they are that in their opinion the state seems to be devaluing higher education.

Over the next two weeks, university officials will notify the employees whose jobs are affected by this new decision.