Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of June 09, 2014

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UC reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday on a new contract covering 13,000 teaching assistants, readers and tutors, lifting the threat of a 10-day strike during the coming final exam period at most UC campuses, according to the Los Angeles Times. The UC Student-Workers Union, UAW Local 2865, had planned to strike on the eve of finals. Union members held a two-day walkout in April, which led to 22 arrests at UC Santa Cruz.

IPS The 1% at State University

“University Presidents are laughing all the way to the bank while the people who work for them are on food stamps,” writes Lawrence Wittner, a retired professor at the State University of New York’s Albany campus, as he takes a critical look at recent data on US college executives with salaries over $1 million on History News Network. His material comes from Andrew Erwin and Marjorie Wood’s “The One Percent at State U,” published by Institute for Policy Studies.

With a record number of undergraduate enrollments, "California State University is embarking on a hiring spree." The Los Angeles Times reports that CSU aims "to add 700 new full-time faculty members next year in an attempt to reverse years of class and staff reductions and improve student success."

After receiving a UC task force report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, notes the San Francisco Business Times, UC President Janet Napolitano announced the creation of a group to advise her on "how best to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT students, faculty and staff across the UC system."

UCLA's Anderson Business School is "inhospitable to women faculty" according to an internal academic review obtained by the Wall Street Journal. The paper reports that "Anderson is inconsistent in how it hires and promotes women as compared with men; has created 'gender ghettos' in certain academic areas; and shows a 'lack of confidence' in female faculty." After outlining the history of this problem, editors of the Daily Bruin call on Anderson Dean Judy Olian to "publicly release a plan to rectify the business school’s fractured campus climate."

“Privatization saves money” is a claim made by cost-cutters, but the truth is that privatization often raises costs, and can be more expensive than in-house services. In fact, a 2007 survey by the International City/County Management Association showed that over half of the public agencies that brought services back in-house reported that the primary reason was insufficient cost savings, according to In the Public Interest’s Privatization Myths Debunked. In the Public Interest has a useful library of privatization resource, and sends out a bulletin, the latest issue of which details how outsourcing punishes the middle class.

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