As many as 100 faculty positions could be eliminated from William Paterson University, said professor Dr. Susanna Tardi, president of Local 1796, on Jan. 21 during a meeting of the state Senate Higher Education Committee.

Preliminary negotiations are underway to save the faculty jobs, said Tardi, AFTNJ’s executive vice president-higher education. She was informed by university officials that William Paterson is dealing with a $20 million budget deficit for the upcoming academic year. Ten unspecified academic programs could also be cut, she said.

“Our state cannot abandon the students who represent the hope and dreams for a better future for themselves and their families,” Tardi said. “Our state cannot abandon the faculty who have been dedicated to helping these students succeed.”

NJ Advance Media’s Adam Clark has more.

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