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Release: May 22, 2001

UI works to inform staff, faculty about budget concerns

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa continues to seek and hire new staff, and, even when there’s a tight budget, UI staff members have a number of job security rights and opportunities to maintain their employment. These are two of the messages that university officials are working to disseminate this week, even as the governor and the Board of Regents, State of Iowa consider how to deal with the UI budget in the face of shortfalls in state income.

"We’re hearing a lot of concern from staff and faculty who encounter some new speculation every day about the state’s budget worries and how it’s going to affect them," says Bob Foldesi, associate vice president for finance and university services and director of human resources at UI. "Even though we can’t know yet exactly how individual employees will be affected, there are quite a few certainties, and we want our people to know what they are."

On Sunday, May 20, Foldesi sent an e-mail message to all staff and faculty, informing them about a series of frequently asked questions that are available on the web. It also reminds staff that university health care units are always looking for workers in certain areas, especially patient care.

"We’re committed to the concept that Iowa is an employer of choice, and we need to get the word out to health care workers in particular that we are still very much in business. We have plenty of openings in a number of job classifications," Foldesi says.

The frequently asked questions are available on-line at Employees also can arrange to receive printed copies through their unit human resources representatives or by visiting the employment office at the University Services Building.

"People will always worry when their employer’s financial condition is being scrutinized. That’s natural, but it’s also always helpful to know what the facts are and what our rights and opportunities are. If we can reduce even a little stress, it’s worth it to go the extra mile," Foldesi says.