The state of California has mandated that UC employees take a non-paid furlough sometime between September and next September. This is all in an effort to cut the State budget.
The days don’t have to be consecutive, but have to accumulate to total each individual’s amount. Now, while the university has to encourage them to take off those days, the staff can still work those days while being unpaid. What this amounts to is being forced to take unpaid vacation days.
There have been numerous protest over the efforts of the universities to slash their budgets but given that current fiscal state of California it doesn’t look like the school have much of a choice in the matter.