Benefit changes for state college employees

Benefits are changing for nearly 2,000 state college and university employees.

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The changes just approved by the state board of higher education will affect 1,650 employees at the state’s 24 community colleges and public universities.

Changes will reduce their maximum accrued sick time from 64 days to 50 days over the next two and a half years. Unused vacation days will not longer be able to be converted to sick time. Vacation will be reduced from 30 days a year to 25…and employees will each get five personal days.

The state used UMass as a model for the other schools.

Some argue that teachers already get too much time off during the summer. Not everyone agrees.

“There are many professors still here and it’s summer right now. They have to do research and create their lesson plans and all that and prepare for the school year. So they are not really off during the summer, I guess they just have less hours.” Kenya Carpenter, UMass Student

The changes come at a time when Gov. Charlie Baker is calling for a reform of benefits policies in state government as well.

The benefits changes at the state school will kick in on January 1st of 2017.


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