ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Regents discussed budget deficit during special meeting Thursday
Some members of the staff at Northern New Mexico College have agreed to take extra furlough days so lower-paid employees won’t be hit by budget-cutting measures.
School officials also are considering an across-the-board pay cut of about 2 percent for all staff, including administrators, as the school scrambles to cover a $1 million deficit for the current fiscal year.
Several faculty members attended a packed special meeting of the NNMC board of regents in Espanola on Thursday.
Tim Crone, a sociology and anthropology professor and president of the American Federation of Teachers union local, said the school is legally obligated to negotiate any change in terms of employment with the union.
But regents president Michael Branch said it was his view that the regents were within their rights to cut pay and mandate furloughs without consulting the union, since the school’s finances were at issue. But the board is seeking further guidance on its legal obligations, Branch said.