Thursday, May 12, 2016

UC on Post Doc Compensation, more

See: UC Postdocs are Worth $50K (and Then Some...)

"Despite ten or more years of higher education, some postdocs effectively make less than $15 per hour because of the long hours.

Now the Department of Labor appears poised to offer some financial relief for UC postdocs and other researcher job titles (such as Specialists) as well as 13.5 million additional workers. Last year the DOL proposed to increase the threshold for overtime pay for salaried employees from $23,660 a year to $50,440. But in their public comment on the proposed overtime rule, the University of California asserts that postdocs are “entry level academic employees...who should be excluded from the proposed rule.”

The University of California then proceeded to use talking points straight out of the Chamber of Commerce and Republican congressional playbook by claiming that “higher compensation for trainees... will necessarily result in the placement of fewer of them in our research institutions.”

Despite these claims, UC’s position is not backed up by reality. As recently as six years ago, postdocs were warned that salary increases in a new union contract would lead to a decrease in positions, but in fact the number of postdocs at UC has increased under the new salary scale. Another analysis of postdoc hiring trends nationwide over the past two decades found that annual salary increases for postdocs (which included two 10 percent increases and one 25 percent increase) did not lead to fewer postdoc positions.

UC researchers produce an average of five inventions a day and win grant applications that bring in nearly $6 billion a year in research funding. But postdoc compensation makes up only a fraction of 1 percent of those research dollars. Given this reality, it seems the UC may have better luck looking towards its executive ranks (John Falle, the author of UC’s public comment opposing the overtime rules makes $285K in his role as Associate VP of Federal Government Relations) if it wants to make a credible argument about compensation costs impacting the quality of research."

The University of California Board of Regents today (May 12) approved Christine Gulbranson as senior vice president for research innovation and entrepreneurship at UC’s Office of the President...Gulbranson will earn $325,000 annually.

Wasn't it Regent Blum who would say 'they don't teach any classes at UCOP' when Regents discussed the necessary reorgs of OP?
Regents M , Varner, Blum and De La Pena...were either no shows for this week's UC Regents Meeting or was their absence some sort of protest,- or were they only hanging out in the background, closed sessions-- or, were they just wallflowers this week?

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