There has been 9 inches of snow so far today with 4-6 more inches coming and wind gusts over 40 MPH. Country roads are closed. The bus system will operate through 7 pm tonight and is scheduled to resume Wednesday morning but be prepared for delays. The downtown post office is open. Urbana & Champaign schools are closed today and tomorrow. The University has not yet decided to close tomorrow. Today, the University stalled until 9 am to close campus. Some suspect the University is giving its 70,000 employees the shaft by only paying those who showed up at 8 am for work today. Local Commentary & the Chancellor's e-mail follows.
The latest weather is here: http://www.atmos.uiuc.edu/weather/index.php
SHAME ON THE UNIVERSITY AND SHAME ON CHANCELLOR HERMAN!
WHY DID THEY WAIT TO CLOSE CAMPUS???
I am deeply troubled by the fact that the University declared that it will only pay employees who showed up at 8am today given the severity of the weather. It is now clear that the reason the University waited until 9am to close campus was so that they could make money off of the employees who did not show up because of the dangerous road conditions. The university is, in essence, charging employees (i.e. benefits and vacation) for the bad weather.
The university is putting MONEY FIRST and sacrificing the SAFETY and LIVELIHOOD of its employees. Campus should have been closed EARLIER!
Chancellor Herman should not have put people's lives in jeopardy, as they tried to get to campus during a blizzard.
This is shameful and the act of only paying some employees who showed up for work should be rescinded. ALL EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE PAID THEIR REGULAR PAY RATE FOR THE DAY.
Please send your complaints and demand justice on this issue to the Chancellor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Martin Smith, PhD Candidate
from the university:
To: All Faculty & All Academic Professionals & All Civil Service Staff & All Grad Students
Because of the severe weather conditions, the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign canceled classes today. In response to questions from
employees regarding reporting to work today, the following guidelines apply.
Non-essential employees who reported for duty this morning will be paid for
their entire shift, even if their supervisor sent/sends them home.
Non-essential employees who did not report for duty this morning may use
accrued benefits for their shift today (e.g., vacation, floating holiday,
comp time) or, if they were ill, sick leave.
Non-essential employees who do not have any accrued benefits may take an
excused leave with no pay today.
All employees are responsible for contacting their departments for
instructions. It is each unit's responsibility to determine essential and
A decision regarding classes and operations for tomorrow, February 14th
will be made later today and shared with the media and posted on the
This mailing approved by:
The Office of the Chancellor