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For the Week of July 25, 2011
UC Riverside chancellor Timothy White has announced his own budget plan, which will spare tenure-track faculty but will "lay off employees, decrease course offerings and increase class sizes to make up a $12.8 million gap between expenses and income." Two-thirds of the cost cutting is expected to come from administrative departments.
UC Berkeley plans to implement a mandatory, automated timekeeping system called Kronos, as part of what it calls its “Operational Excellence” program to reorganize work. The new system will affect all employees who report time worked and leave usage, those working on grant-funded projects, and faculty who report leave usage. The "timekeeping initiative" will start with a pilot department in fall 2011 and will be fully implemented by July 2012.
Meanwhile, even UC acknowledges that “mounting stress” is a problem for its employees.
The controversy over executive pay increases at the California State University system continues to rage, as San Diego State’s student newspaper, the Daily Aztec, reports. Earlier this month, both UC and CSU gave executives pay increases while at the same time raising student fees. Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and others are working on legislation to prevent such pay raises in the future.
Tired of hearing blame for the nation’s debt aimed at public employees? Take a look at the huge amount of public debt that’s due to tax cuts for the wealthy since 2001. Then, if you’d like to do something about it, add your voice to the AFL-CIO’s email action campaign to pressure legislators to settle the budget by creating jobs, not undercutting the social safety net. _____________________________________________________________________________________