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Michigan State University (MSU) employees are asking the university to restore pay cuts that were issued during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a resolution passed by the MSU Faculty Senate, employees were forced to take 10-month salary cuts of 1-8%, an 18-month, 50% cut in retirement match, and at least a 36-month gap between merit raises for all non-union academic management, faculty, and academic staff.

The salary cuts were imposed because the university expected to experience strong financial shortfalls. Specifically, leaders predicted losses from state funds to total $43 million and an additional loss of $63 million from a reduction in tuition revenue.

However, the estimates of financial reductions did not materialize to that amount, leaving the university in a stronger financial status.

“We urge President Stanley and the Board of Trustees to retroactively restore these unnecessary cuts to pay and benefits before more outstanding faculty leave and we jeopardize our ability to attract the best new talent. The costs of recruiting and replacing faculty will far outpace the costs of retaining our best and brightest,” a petition demanding the restoration says.

Furthermore, the group argues that the consequences of the decision have been more dramatic than the initial pay cuts:

  • Combined losses in pay, raise and retirement contributions have resulted in non-union MSU faculty losing the equivalent of 13.42% of a year’s worth of income.
  • When cuts and remaining salaries are placed in the context of annual inflation of 6.2%, MSU faculty have lost the equivalent of ~20% of their purchasing power on a year’s worth of income since the pandemic began.
  • The 18-month reduction in retirement match, compounded over time will result in a ~$68,000 loss from the typical faculty retirement account.
  • MSU faculty salaries had the largest drop of any Big 10 school from 2020 to 2021 and are currently ranked 10 out of 13.
  • MSU saw a 30% increase in faculty leaving during the past year.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Samuel Stanley” by Michigan State University. Background Photo “Michigan State University Campus” by Ken Lund. CC BY-SA 2.0.





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While Klain has been accused of pushing Breyer from his position on the Court, CNN reported that Durbin was notified by Klain of Breyer’s departure around 9:30 a.m. before the news broke.

Breyer reportedly characterized the news of his departure as making him feel “upset,” “surprised,” and “caught off guard.”

During the 9:30 a.m. phone call between Durbin and Klain, Durbin reportedly asked if a nominee to replace Breyer was selected.

“We’re in the process,” Klain reportedly responded.

Well no, Ron Klain did.

— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) January 26, 2022

Durbin replied the Senate confirmation hearing’s timetable was unknown. “It’s little early to predict a timetable for this hearing,” Durbin reportedly said.

Durbin is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is in charge of holding hearings on Biden’s nominee to replace Breyer.

Before the news broke midmorning by CNBC, Biden, the White House, Breyer, and the Supreme Court had not put out a statement about Breyer’s retirement.

However, after the news broke, White House press secretary Jen Psaki immediately stated it was Breyer’s decision to announce his retirement:

It has always been the decision of any Supreme Court Justice if and when they decide to retire, and how they want to announce it, and that remains the case today. We have no additional details or information to share from @WhiteHouse.

Biden also publicly stated Breyer’s announcement had not been made official.

“There has been no announcement from Justice Breyer,” Biden told reporters. “Let him make whatever statement he’s going to make and I’ll be happy to talk about it later.”

A little nudge…

— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 26, 2022

On Thursday morning, the White House told reporters Biden and Breyer would hold a joint press conference at 12:30 p.m.

Breyer said in 2021 he had no plans to retire from the Court.

Breyer’s retirement comes as Republicans have momentum heading into November’s midterm elections.

BIDEN: “I’m not gonna take any questions because I think it’s inappropriate.”

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