Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the week of July 25, 2016

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UC regents last week toughened “moonlighting rules for top executives,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The new rule follows controversy over several chancellors’ roles on outside boards, such as UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi’s gigs at a private college and textbook publisher, and UCSF CEO Mark Laret’s positions with corporations “that together have sold millions of dollars worth of products to his hospital and have paid him more than $5 million in cash and stock awards,” reports the Chronicle.

The regents also were generous to UC chancellors, nine of whom were given 3 percent raises. (UCD’s Katehi, who is still on administrative leave, was the only one who did not receive a raise.) The Mercury News reports that four received raises for the second straight year, the rationale being, as always, that UC has “difficulty” recruiting and retaining talent. The base pay of UC chancellors ranges from $394K to $795K – and for all but two is higher than the $400K base pay of the president of the United States.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Bee headlined a story on UCD this week, “Katehi scandal at UC Davis called ‘worse than pepper spray’,” after a trove of newly released emails give an inside view of the uproar that engulfed the Davis chancellor’s reign.

A Slate account of sexual harassment at UC Berkeley describes “how toxic and consuming sexual harassment in a graduate school setting can be, particularly when the people in power have no interest in addressing the problem,” and “particularly for women in the sciences who are already facing the challenge of competing in male-dominated fields.”

Graduate student employees in the 23-campus California State University system have begun negotiating for higher pay in their new contract, reports KPBS News. They are following the lead of the union that represents Cal State faulty, the California Faculty Association, which had threatened to strike after a five-year freeze on salaries. Faculty just began receiving the 7 percent pay increase recently negotiated. The radio station quoted UAW Local 4123 representatives, who said, “Most graduate assistants earning their master's degrees take home about $500 a month after taxes.”

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