Extending our Commitment to our Community
Dear Faculty and Staff:
This morning, University of California President Michael Drake announced plans that will help the UC system confront COVID-19â€“related financial challenges. I encourage you to read President Drakeâ€™s important message below in full.
Here at UCLA, the pandemic has had a substantial impact on our campus budget. Still, due to prudent financial management over the last several decades as well as the recent institution-wide efforts weâ€™ve made to cut costs and plan for future fiscal challenges, I am grateful that we are able to extend our commitment to no COVID-19â€“related layoffs for career employees through the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2021.
The cost-saving and job-saving measures weâ€™ve put in place this year include reducing hiring, the previously announced planning for a longer winter curtailment, offering a Voluntary Separation Program for eligible staff and creating an employee reassignment program. This last program, which invites certain UCLA employees to take classes, re-train for new duties and be reassigned to serve areas of greatest need, has allowed us to preserve hundreds of Bruin jobs. In one example of our employeesâ€™ flexibility in action, certain staff who previously worked in campus dining halls have learned new skills to support the Ashe Centerâ€™s COVID-19 surveillance testing program. Meanwhile, other dining staff have begun supporting campus partners in preparing meals for groups like food insecure veterans.
While I do not know what the future holds, UCLA will continue to do whatever it can â€” with your continued support, resilience and flexibility â€” to retain as many of our dedicated employees as possible during this very difficult time.
Thank you all once again for your commitment to our institution and to one another. I hope that the upcoming holidays provide you with much-needed rest and relaxation, and that this news offers some additional comfort in a challenging year and optimism for a brighter future.