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19 ECC FACULTY MEMBERS WANT EARLY RETIREMENT

Nineteen faculty members at Erie Community College want to retire early on incentive programs to increase their pensions, but the college may not be able to save enough to allow another 11 other employees to go.

The school, by allowing the retirements, must save at least half of what it costs to employ them in the course of two years, Human Resources Director Darley Willis told county legislators Thursday.

The savings on the faculty members would total $1.6 million, or 54.4 percent, if all actually leave, she said. The money would go to the contingency fund to update technology.

Ms. Willis said four administrators and seven non-professional employees are also interested in early retirement.

Legislator Edward J. Kuwik, D-Lackawanna, noted that Ms. Willis' figures indicate that the savings on these groups would be less than 30 percent.

Ms. Willis said early retirement for ECC employees enrolled in the state-sponsored retirement plan is available only when the average for a category of employees -- such as faculty or white collar -- exceeds the 50 percent benchmark.

Besides the state incentive, there is a separate early retirement plan offered by the college to employees enrolled in a private insurance system. Six have applied.

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