Michigan Athletics eliminating 21 jobs as it projects $100M loss in revenue

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 15:58:55-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Athletics announced Tuesday it will eliminate 21 positions within the department as it is projecting to lose $100 million in revenue.

According to the university, the decision is in addition to the hiring freeze that has left 15 positions empty since early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began, salary freezes and reductions for most employees.

The department said it will also further evaluate temporary furloughs and reductions in hours.

“The decision to implement staffing reductions was not made lightly and is difficult because of the deep impact on all aspects of our department and especially those who are directly affected,” Athletic Director Warde Manuel. “We will continue to identify all necessary strategies to mitigate our circumstances, and we will continue to support our dedicated colleagues who have been so greatly affected.”