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December 9, 2020

To: MSU Employees

In May, we wrote to inform you that the university had reached agreements with several MSU labor associations regarding employee furloughs. The university sought those agreements to address operational and financial impacts of the COVID-19 health care crisis, while protecting our employees’ access to health, dental and life insurance. The agreements balanced the priority of our employees’ health with the need to achieve immediate savings, while also ensuring units have the flexibility to quickly and efficiently recall employees.

Those original agreements were in effect through Dec. 31, 2020. Recently, the university reached new agreements with the unions to extend the terms of the first agreements. The new furlough agreements are effective through June 30, 2021.

The University has reached agreements with the following unions:

Items to note

One difference to note in the new agreements relates to the seven-calendar-day notice for employees who are to be placed on a furlough. The new agreements for APA, APSA, and Local 1585 state that the seven-day period is waived for employees who volunteer. The CTU agreement provides that employees volunteering for furlough may choose to waive this notice period and begin furlough immediately. For further details, please review the agreements listed above.

Furlough process

MSU HR will not select employees for furlough; unit leadership will make these determinations and initiate the furlough process. Impacted employees will receive an email from MSU HR with a furlough notice and further instructions; the employee’s supervisor or a designated unit representative and union will be copied on the notice.

If you are interested in volunteering for furlough, please contact your supervisor or manager.

Unemployment Compensation

Furloughed employees can apply for unemployment compensation. The State of Michigan, not the university, determines whether an employee qualifies. Find more information on how to apply for unemployment at http://www.michigan.gov/uia. Please note: MSU HR and/or individual units do not apply for unemployment on behalf of employees; it is up to each individual to apply for unemployment.

Additional Information

Visit the MSU HR website for further information on furloughs, including impact on benefits, and frequently asked questions.