Facing Protesting Workers, College Backs Off Layoffs

by E Wayne Ross on December 9, 2009

San Jose Mercury News: Evergreen College Board backs off plans to lay off workers in wake of chancellor Perez investigation

Facing about 200 angry college employees, the board of trustees of the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District backed off plans to lay off 85 workers and 21 managers, saying it would explore other strategies to fill a $3.5 million dollar budget shortfall.

Employees said their jobs should not be sacrificed in light of allegations that outgoing Chancellor Rosa Perez charged the district and its foundation for lavish perks that included overnight stays at San Jose’s luxury Fairmont Hotel, a tour of El Salvador and airfare to Scotland.