Monday, May 16, 2011

Revisiting Bain Consulting, Bain Capital and OE at UC

see:
Faculty Members Eligible For New Back-Up Care Program Starting This Summer

some details on this interesting perk offered to faculty and denied to staff and students:
"I spoke with (Angelica Stacy) and we think it's best to keep the contract amount confidential," said Wendy Nishikawa, the campus's work/life program manager, in an email. "The reason for this being we got an incredibly good deal for the backup care program with our vendor and we are concerned that if this amount was made public, it might impact them negatively in their negotiations with other companies or universities."

Is this information allowed to remain private at a PUBLIC institution?
(a public institution that is requesting its state funding be increased from a paltry $2.5 billion btw)
do you know?

more on: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

In the mix: Bright Horizons originally founded by US Sen. Lamar Alexander -R Tennessee and acquired by Bain Capital - does that name "Bain" ring any bells?--remember Operational Excellence consultants?... (one of our old profs wrote a piece on Alexander owning several private prisons, particularly in the south, trying to find that link-- don't confuse him with former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist whose family owns several private health care firms etc.)
Recall we originally brought up Bain Capital and Bain Consulting: here.

We remember stories about faculty leaving their kids in cars with tragic results (at Irvine and UCSC etc.)-- and other childcare issues for faculty that make the news -and so we understand the need -- but it seems the administration is unconcerned with this same problem affecting all staff levels, all types of students (the same students who they routinely refer to as "kids")-- and, thus, it screams administration sanctioned/instigated class warfare on an issue that hits everyone at the tenderest spot-- and then - as a topper-the administration adds conflict of interest questions about the consultants they hire for OE and other initiatives,and then want to black out the terms of the contract to the public.

(not to mention the disparities in benefit packages between faculty with kids and faculty without children etc.)

Questions, just lots of questions. Seems cozy.

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