|For the Week of August 13, 2012
“Every day, we help educate tomorrow's leaders, support the world's top researchers and scholars, and enrich lives with our libraries, museums, performing arts and outreach programs,” writes UPTE’s Administrative Professional Organizing Committee. “But California's budget crisis places the University's missions at risk….this year, we are supporting a ‘yes’ vote on the governor’s Schools and Public Safety Protection Act (Proposition 30) that would raise billions of dollars annually for public services, including higher education.” Learn more about this crucial intiative here.
A group of administrative professionals in the Boston schools – its “special education coordinators” – have won an arbitration worth $2 million in extra pay for overtime hours. After dozens of their clerical support staff were laid off, the coordinators (who are members of the Boston Teachers’ Union) picked up the slack by working overtime each week, out of a “sense of duty and professionalism,” noted the arbitrator. Asked how the additional duties had affected her, one coordinator said: “Short of having a nervous breakdown, you mean? It was very difficult to do my job, which was a full-time job, and then take on a huge piece of some[one] else’s job.”
In the wake of felony charges by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office against UC for labor code violations that led to the 2009 death of UCLA lab worker and UPTE member Sheri Sangji, Chemical & Engineering News reports that, as part of a settlement dropping charges against the UC regents, the university has added a new position for a laboratory safety manager to be part of the Office of the President. UCOP’s director of environment, heath and safety said the position “will assist campuses in implementing system-wide laboratory safety initiatives” as specified in the settlement. Felony charges against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran, in whose lab Sangji worked, are still pending.
UC Merced will implement a system in the spring semester to allow Indian students to pay tuition with rupees.