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UC Berkeley to layoff 150 employees

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- The chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley says the school will layoff nearly 150 employees this year.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced the layoffs, which will not include faculty positions, in a letter to the campus on Thursday.

University officials say most of the affected employees will be let go by June. Some have already been notified.

Another 150 or so jobs are expected to be eliminated through retirements and voluntary departures.

The job losses will save about $20 million.

Like other University of California campuses, UC Berkeley has seen major cuts in state funding that have led to higher student fees. The campus, which employs about 21,000 people, has already eliminated more than 500 jobs in the past few years.

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MIlan Moravec 8:53pm January 14, 2011

Can University of California be saved from Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary)? UC adamantly rejects Calif. Gov. Brown’s Budget. Deeds speak louder than words. Gov. inauguration $100,000. UC Chancellor Birgeneau $3,000,000 for consultants to do WORK of his job & of his MANY vice-chancellors Take that Gov!…says UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau’s action University of California