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Sydney university asks employees to ‘suggest’ how to cut up to 30% of some faculty staff | Australian universities

The University of Sydney has asked staff to “suggest” ways it could cut up to 30% of full-time jobs in some faculties, in a move the union claims could result in Australia’s largest university cuts.

On Wednesday, staff in the school of education received an email telling them the dean of the arts faculty was asking for “suggestions on how we might restructure to reduce by up to 30% full-time equivalent [employees]”.

According to the Usyd Casuals Network, staff received the email late on Wednesday, but were then told by the dean on Thursday that “this was not a directive to implement cuts but only to conceive of ‘scenarios’ that might include such cuts”.

However, the group – which represents casual staff at the university – said: “We reject the notion that there is a difference between a hypothetical scenario and a concrete plan.”

The email from the head

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US universities under pressure to cut fees because of remote learning

Jackson Butler received an unexpected boost this week after growing frustration that his final year at Georgetown University would be largely taught online with limited access to its Washington DC base.

“It’s very clear we’ll have a diminished experience,” he said. “There will be no extracurricular activities and we won’t be able to access resources on campus.”

But after organising a petition of 2,000 students accusing Georgetown of “highway robbery” for maintaining its tuition fees at nearly $58,000 a year, the university backed down and offered a 10 per cent discount.

Georgetown has become one of just a handful of elite US institutions to make such a gesture, with most resisting calls for discounts as they brace themselves for the hefty impact of coronavirus on their own budgets.

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Georgetown’s move adds to pressure on institutions around the world to make concessions to students who feel

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I wasn’t laid off but COVID-19 cut my hours. Can I get unemployment? Your money questions, answered

It’s hard out there. And, in this time of uncertainty, USA TODAY is working to find answers to your money questions – anything from stimulus checks or unemployment benefits to your 401(k) or retirement plans. You can submit your questions here and read earlier answers below.

We will be updating the Q&A, so check back often. But, also look to these places:

I heard ‘it should be’ or that ‘it should automatically update to be retroactive.’ Could Florida be withholding funds?

Answer: If you get any unemployment assistance at all, the $600 from the federal government is supposed to accompany it. And yes it is retroactive.

… I thought the CARES Act was supposed to help. I’m losing my entire mortgage payment per month and my hours have decreased, but I don’t qualify for anything, the unemployment office said.

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Here’s how California will cut pay under each union agreement

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration instituted pay cuts across state government in a six-week bargaining sprint that ended July 1.

All of the agreements, which the state Human Resources Department has posted online, use a personal leave program to accomplish the savings. The program institutes immediate savings but the leave time adds to the state’s long-term liabilities.

Under most of the agreements, the state is cutting workers’ pay by 9.23% — the equivalent of two days of work each month — starting with this month’s paychecks. In exchange the state is giving workers two days off they can take whenever they want to, even years from now.

The state also is suspending the contributions workers make toward their retirement health care. That eases how the cuts affect take-home pay by letting employees keep more of their money.

Many of the agreements vary in some degree from that template. Some unions are

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