Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Design and A Plan?

DailyCal: Employees, administrators negotiate problems as campus transitions to paperless timekeeping system

Under CalTime, UC Berkeley is expected to save $2.6 million annually. The project began in 2012 with an initial investment of $2.9 million, but the scope of the project and the timeline for implementation have expanded significantly since then, according to Melanie Hurley, spokesperson for Operational Excellence, the office through which CalTime is administered.

This has largely occurred due to the requirements of UCPath, an initiative from the UC Office of the President, or UCOP, that aims to implement a single payroll, benefits, human resources and academic personnel solution for all UC employees. The new payroll and timekeeping system created under UCPath would replace CalTime at UC Berkeley, but according to Hurley, the campus would be unable to comply with the UCOP directive without first completing the CalTime project.


Despite efforts to prepare employees, some still faced difficulty understanding how to operate the new system and communicate with the campus.

While Nelson said supervisors have been responsive, others have said attempts to contact supervisors and higher officials to resolve problems were deflected or went unanswered. Additional concerns have been raised that employees have less access to human resources officials since representatives were moved to an office off campus at Fourth Street as part of a cost-cutting and efficiency measure implemented by UC Berkeley in 2012.

“Morale is pretty much down for all workers,” said Armando Voluntad, who works within facility services on campus. “They’re disappointed in the whole CalTime system and how it doesn’t seem to be working.”


In recent months, multiple unions, including Teamsters Local 2010, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County and a union representing UCPD, have filed CalTime-related grievances — formal accusations of a breach in their bargaining agreement.

Errors in vacation and sick leave accrual have been the source of many of the grievance complaints. Unions have alleged that leave hours tallied under CalTime have been incorrectly documented or were lost entirely when employee information was transferred over to the new payroll system.

Much more in this Daily Cal article, once again check it out in full: HERE.

Also, consider in the mix this past coverage:
SF Biz Jrnl: UC Berkeley Hasn't Quite Mastered Marriage of Time and Money

This earlier Daily Cal piece included: In a press release, UPTE-CWA local 9119 president Tanya Smith states that the estimated costs of $20 million for the move does not include the $26.2 million lease for the center, increased work for campus staff, and the loss of “face-to-face time … inclusion and diversity.”

There's this post on: University of California’s $220 Million Payroll Project Reboot

- and many other headlines out there on it now, see right hand column for some of them.

Why is Cal so resistant to UC Path? Or, why aren't UCOP and UC Berkeley coordinating their projects in advance?
Daily Cal: Online webcasts may be restricted to UC Berkeley students, campus tech service says

According to Hubbard, the benefits to the students-only model include quicker availability of videos online, faculty members feeling more comfortable with webcasting their lectures and availability of all lecture materials to student viewers. He also said there will be fewer concerns among faculty about infringement of their intellectual property. But he said ETS will no longer have the capacity to improve low-quality videos or edit poor audio.

The recommendation is currently being considered by an Information Technology Governance committee.

UC Former Pres. Peltason Dies
I shouldda quit you Baby -- a looong time ago
or-- also could call it -- It Might Get Loud Part II

- a 'pretty rude sound'...

"Swan Song" turned around..."he lays the rhythm on it"

It might be California's influence- or not,
but "all of this stuff is planned -it wasn't everyone just chipping in - it really was a sort of design..."

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