Hourly Employees at Purdue Oppose Changes in Leave Policy


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP): Some hourly employees say Purdue University's proposed changes that would consolidate leave policy would eliminate the payout of unused vacation and sick days they historically banked for retirement.

The plan would reduce the number of days off allotted annually for Purdue's 3,500 hourly employees to 25 days. Those workers now receive 31 days.

Purdue University Senate Chairwoman Patty Hart sys the faculty organized a meeting Friday so hourly workers could tell administrators what they think. Purdue said it wants to form a new category called paid time off, rather than giving people separate vacation, personal and sick days.

Vic Lechtenberg, who chaired the committee that recommended the changes, said the committee will consider the employee comments and fine tune the policy.