Seattle University cuts pay, furloughs workers amid pandemic

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle University will begin mandatory and voluntary pay reductions of up to 20% and furlough nearly 80 staffers to manage some of the economic damage caused by closing campus during the coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle Times reports in a letter to faculty and staff, Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg said the private school’s Cabinet and deans will take mandatory pay cuts of 10%, and will be asked to consider further voluntary reductions. Sundborg says upper-level administrators and full-time faculty have been asked to take voluntary pay reductions. The school intends to bring furloughed staff back in August. The university has lost $7 million as a result of moving to remote instruction and closing most residence halls.