PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The union of full-time faculty members at Point Park University is speaking out against layoffs given to 17 employees.
In a Zoom meeting Friday, the union said between the layoffs and the departures of faculty who opted to retire, the full-time faculty will be reduced by more than 20 percent.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Tornado Warning Issued For Parts Of Westmoreland, Fayette Counties
Photography professor Ben Schonberger, who received a layoff notice, says the university is trying to pit faculty members against each other.READ MORE: Pittsburgh City Council Hosting Community Meetings On American Rescue Plan
“The blame that has been put on senior faculty for not taking a retirement is really a cruel thing to do in an effort to save younger faculty the possibility of having a job and some senior faculty might not be able to retire,” said Schonberger.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports Over 1,000 New Cases
The university says the layoffs are necessary due to financial difficulties from the pandemic, and they’re allowed by the collective bargaining agreement. The union disputes that.