Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of July 14, 2014

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The annual payroll data UC released last week illuminated "both salary increases and a continued earning gap between male and female faculty salaries," reports the Daily Bruin. The data are in a searchable database that includes "the names, titles, locations and pay for university faculty and staff," including "student employees and part-time and temporary workers." The university "falls in line with the national gender gap trend," states the Bruin, "as significantly fewer women work in the highest-paying positions than men."

Women's Earnings Compared to Men's

US companies soon may face the same "sticky questions about how to define equal pay" that companies in Boston and Quebec have had to face because of government requirements, claims the Wall Street Journal. McGill University "spent 13 years and $19 million" on a "pay-equity program" that led the university to "recalibrate its paychecks." As a result, one research technician "is bringing home a paycheck that is 15% to 20% larger than it was before the adjustment."

The head of the CalPERS system has admitted that he took $200,000 in cash and other bribes from a Lake Tahoe businessperson attempting to influence investments decisions by the nation’s largest public pension fund, according to the Sacramento Bee. The news drew a comment from the UCLA faculty association.

CLUW, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, has released a statement criticizing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, which allowed corporations to refuse to participate in aspects of the Affordable Healthcare Act on religious grounds.

Pride at Work, which advocates for LGBT issues in the labor movement, says it will no longer support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), because “after the recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, it is clear that these broad religious exemptions would gut the intent and purpose of ENDA.”

This story from In These Times about union struggles at New York University offers some reflections about the possibilities and limitations of student-worker alliances.

Graduate student organizing is achieving success, according to this column in Inside Higher Ed.

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