Thursday, April 30, 2009

AIA Feels Impact of Economic Downturn

Late last week the AIA notified its members and state and local components that as a result of the economic downturn, it must make some additional reductions in operating expenses to stay within its 2009 budget. The reductions range from staff travel and face-to-face meetings to cancellation of specific advertising campaigns. The AIA made the following statement, “There will be no staff layoffs. However, there will be an Institute-wide mandatory two-week furlough of all national staff: the first week of June and the first week of August. The national component will be closed these two weeks. As required by federal employment laws, the staff will be prohibited from doing any Institute-related work, including answering phone calls and email messages during the furlough period.

"While our goal is to minimize the impact on our members, customers, and you, we also know that closing the Institute will have implications. We will structure implementation of the furloughs to ensure the least disruption of member services. We will keep you apprised as we work through the details.”

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