They call it a furlough, but at least as far as faculty are concerned, that's a complete misrepresentation. We are not allowed to cancel any classes:
The University of California began its systemwide furlough program this week, with most UC employees sharing the pain of pay cuts to help offset the loss of more than a billion dollars in state support.
The furlough plan, formulated on the basis of suggestions from faculty and staff, uses a sliding scale to lessen the hardship for those earning the least, and the resulting salary reductions will be spread across a full year so that employees will know how much pay to expect each month. ...
From Sept. 1, 2009, through Aug. 31, 2010, participating faculty and staff are required to take from 11 to 26 furlough days resulting in salary reductions of 4 to 10 percent. The number of furlough days is based on pay bands ranging from under $40,000 to more than $240,000.
Nobody's said anything about reducing committee and other service obligations. Likewise, nobody's said anything about reduced research expectations. So where exactly is my furlough time off?
... after wide-ranging consultation, faculty polls on some campuses and input from the systemwide Academic Senate, executive vice chancellors and chancellors, the Office of the President (OP) informed faculty leaders last week that they must take furlough days in ways that will not impact teaching.
"There will be no impact on teaching days," Goldstein said.
`When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'
`The question is,' said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
`The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master -- that's all.'
Even as the University of California was cutting $800-million from its budget in July, leading to layoffs and pay cuts for many employees, the system's regents quietly approved pay raises for more than two dozen executives, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. System officials characterize the raises as necessary compensation for people taking on new duties, but faculty and employee representatives aren't buying it: They've been asked to do more for less pay, they say.