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University of California imposes pay freeze as losses mount

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Posted at 1:20 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 16:20:04-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California is imposing a system-wide freeze on salaries of its non-unionized employees due to enormous financial losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

President Janet Napolitano announced the pay freeze in a statement Monday that also said she and the UC's 10 chancellors would take a 10% voluntary pay cut.

The country’s largest public higher education system estimates financial losses of nearly $1.2 billion from mid-March through April and those losses are expected to increase in the months ahead.

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Last month, UC San Diego announced that the coronavirus pandemic had cost the school $150 million so far, and projected and $200 to $300 million loss this summer.

The campus told 10News they plan to offer a combination of in-person and remote instruction, with the goal of eventually returning to mostly in-person classes.

For the school's international students and others who cannot physically attend classes, they will be provided virtual instruction.