UDC Asks for $4 Million to Finance Layoffs

School plans to layoff 25 faculty and staff members

By Brandon Benavides
|  Monday, Nov 26, 2012  |  Updated 9:07 AM EDT
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UDC Asks for $4 Million to Finance Layoffs

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The University of the District of Columbia is asking the city for $4 million to pay for the severance packages of dozens of professors and staff members it wants to lay off.

UDC plans to lay off 25 faculty and staff members, and eliminate seven departments and two dozen majors. School officials say it's expensive to eliminate positions because of a strong union presence. The school already eliminated 30 positions.
 
A university spokesperson said the school expects the city to pay for the severance packages because the city ordered UDC to make the cuts.
 
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said he is reluctant to give the university the money.

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