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Greg McVerry

In order to close the budget gap for the Connecticut State College System CSCU president Mark E. Ojakian asked staff to voluntarily use unpaid leave as a kind of a "furlough day."

It is awesome when some who gets:
-335,000 a year in salary
-A free car
-car insurance
-free vehicle repairs

asks someone who makes under 70,000 a year in state salary, has 500 a month in student loans, pays for his own car, and insurance to take unpaid "days off."

Furlough days do not work for faculty. We do not get off time. Students need feedback and classes must still be taught. Faculty positions are not 9-5. Do I furlough the countless hours I spend after my kids go to bed when I record instructional videos? Do I furlough the hours where I sneak out of bed the next day at 5AM to squeeze in another hour or two of work?

I donate hundreds of hours a year beyond what my contract requires and now Ojakian wants more.

He and Malloy need to stop calling this a budget crisis. It has been this way since the day I started at Southern. A crisis can not be permanent by definition, and the budget can't be fixed by me working for free.

I do enough of that already.

How about the family events I miss, like my sons birthday, so I can provide programming on campus on the weekends?

Do I take a furlough day when my reviews are due to journals on tight deadlines?

Do I take furlough days when I finally have time to write and try to get published?

I love how the rich assume that shared sacrifice means just getting a little bit more out of those who can not afford it.

I already donate a large portion of my salary to pay for retirement health benefits I will never see. Literally I have to fork over cash twice a month because the state made promises they could never afford.

No wonder businesses and people want out of Connecticut as quick as possible.