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Cal State Pushes Furloughs to Close Budget Hole

— California State University officials are preparing a plan to furlough 47,000 employees for two days a month to help offset sharp cuts in state funding.

The CSU Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting in Long Beach Tuesday to discuss ways to close a projected $584 million budget shortfall for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

CSU officials say the furlough plan would save about $275 million and prevent deeper cuts to college course offerings.

So far, two unions representing 21,000 employees have agreed to negotiate furloughs with the administration.

But the California Faculty Association, which has 23,000 members, wants a guarantee against layoffs before it will agree to furloughs, which would amount to a roughly 10 percent pay cut.

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