MU furloughs almost 700 employees, bringing total near 3,400

The University of Missouri laid off eight employees and furloughed 671 last week, the Columbia Missourian reports.

A total of 173 MU employees have been laid off, and nearly 3,400 employees have been furloughed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Employees who have taken mandatory or voluntary salary reductions total more than 2,300.

The University of Missouri System has faced over $85 million in total budget cuts from the state since March.

MU is still evaluating whether to outsource roughly 250 campus custodial jobs. In June, the university rejected eight bids to outsource about 30 landscaping positions.

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