|For the Week of December 10, 2012
Despite votes against by Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the regents last month gave UC Berkeley’s new chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, a $50,000 bump in salary over that of outgoing Robert Birgeneau, pushing the new salary to $486,000. The pay raise prompted another effort by state senator Leland Yee to introduce legislation that would prohibit such raises in years of budget trouble or student fee increases, even if the increases are funded by foundations rather than the state. The bill would apply only to the Cal State system, but Yee hopes UC would follow suit. Then-governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in 2009.
The dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management has published an article in the Huffington Post explaining strategies the school has followed to deal with the budget crisis. Primarily this has meant generating revenue from non-state funds and reducing reliance on state funds, including launching new graduate programs that don’t rely on state funding.
UC President Mark Yudof thanked Gov. Jerry Brown last month for campaigning for the successful passage of Proposition 30. "The University of California, for the first time in my four years here, finally has a clear shot at attaining a sense of fiscal stability," he said.
UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education will be launching the Food Labor Research Center to raise awareness about the wages and working conditions of food and restaurant workers.