Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of July 28, 2014

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 “Why are campus administrators making so much money?” asks SUNY professor emeritus Lawrence Wittner, a topic Monday Memo has reported on previously. Wittner speculates that compensation keeps rising because boards are dominated by business people “accustomed to the outlandish incomes and perks of the corporate world” and who are “dazzled by administrators who rake in large financial contributions.”

Back at the ranch, the UC regents approved a 3 percent salary increase for 21 senior managers (such as chancellors) at its July 17 meeting, reports the Daily Californian. These officials had no pay increase since 2007, and regents wanted to "align UC compensation closer with market value."

UC has previously fought efforts by government and private research sponsors to limit researchers to US citizens or permanent residents. Now the university is considering dropping its opposition and accepting research money from sponsors who discriminate against non-Americans, according to

"Why are faculty complicit in creating a disposable workforce?" is an insightful blog post about adjunct faculty by Jennifer Ruth, an associate professor at Portland State, about adjunct faculty on Remaking the University. A main conclusion is that "We do nothing in large part because the people who came before us or we ourselves have already done the damage." Part 2 of Ruth’s post is here.

Although the percentage of new UC freshman who come from outside California is expected to be up nearly 2% over last year, and 5% from the year before, UC officials insist the rise "is not reducing the ranks of California freshmen" according to the Los Angeles Times.

One of UC’s unions, AFSCME, which represents service workers and patient care technicals, has drawn fire from the right for ending its partnership with the United Negro College Fund, according to this piece in AFSCME took the action after the fund accepted a $25 million donation from the notorious Koch brothers to establish a “Koch Scholars” program. AFSCME’s president called the Kochs “the single most prominent funders of efforts to prevent African-Americans from voting.”

Credit: Mother Jones Magazine

The US economy has grown enormously in the last two decades, but the benefits of growth aren’t being passed on to those who do the work, according to this compendium of charts by Mother Jones magazine. Among the “Twelve charts that will make your blood boil” is one that shows the US is among the few nations (marked in red) not requiring paid annual leave.


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