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Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of September 12, 2011

“The number of University of California employees earning more than $200,000 annually grew by 10 percent last year,” writes the Orange County Register, but quotes UC officials explaining that most of the top-earners “drew salaries from income-generating medical centers or through grants and other sources.”

The Register also shows why UC president Mark Yudof claims UC administrators are underpaid: “[He] earned $560,594, dropping to No. 152 from No. 76 among the highest paid in 2010, after his salary decreased because of his furlough. UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake earned $374,969, ranking No. 608.” To check the salaries of UC employees who earned over $25,000 in 2006 through 2010, check the Register’s searchable database.

UC’s largest revenue growth comes from its medical centers. Berkeley’s Daily Californian  reports they “grew to almost $6 billion in 2010, an increase of nearly $2 billion over the medical centers’ revenue only six years before.” Read the article to see how UC plans to use this increasing revenue. (Hint: None of it will help students or staff.)

Meanwhile, according to Capitol Weekly, the “Political fallout of UC’s decisions” – particularly its seeming insensitivity to “concerns of the public and Legislature during a time of fiscal crisis”  is “hindering support for the higher education system.”

Part of the fallout from university fundraising  – originating in a CSU speaking contract with Sarah Palin – was Senator Leland Yee’s bill to require “more transparency from the fundraising arms of California’s public colleges.” Governor Brown signed the bill into law last Wednesday.

A multiyear funding proposal of the UC Regents Committee on Finance to be discussed on at its September 14 meeting “will likely result in a series of large tuition increases over the next few years,” reports UC-AFT President Bob Samuels, which he calculates at 81 percent.

A new report out from UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment hows that the economic downturn is translating into job losses for California’s workforce, particularly union members. Still, the report notes that union membership itself continues to carry significant benefits, including wages up to $5 per hour higher, on average, than comparable non-union jobs.

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