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SIU sends letter alerting of potential layoffs

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Southern Illinois' largest employer is preparing for the possibility of layoffs. Southern Illinois' largest employer is preparing for the possibility of layoffs.
The letter sights significant cuts to state funding and a possible decline in enrollment as a cause. The letter sights significant cuts to state funding and a possible decline in enrollment as a cause.
By contract, the university is required to notify the union of a possible layoff 60 days prior to a new academic term. By contract, the university is required to notify the union of a possible layoff 60 days prior to a new academic term.
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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Southern Illinois' largest employer is preparing for the possibility of layoffs.

A letter from Brett Patton, SIU's director of labor and employee relations sent a certified letter to the president of the SIUC Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association this week alerting the union of the possibility of a layoff.

The letter sights significant cuts to state funding and a possible decline in enrollment as the cause.

[Read of copy of the letter]

But the layoff is by no means certain. The letter only went to union leaders, not the employees themselves.

"If there is a layoff, those specific notices would go out next month. That's if there would be layoffs," said SIU Spokesman Rod Sievers. "It's just a warning, a heads-up that this is a possibility."

Illinois Education Association spokesman Jim Clark tells Heartland News the letter is no cause for concern.

By contract, the university is required to notify the union of a possible layoff 60 days prior to a new academic term.

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