Sunday, August 14, 2016

Inhospitable UC

In SF:
UC Regents have boosted the annual pay of UCSF Medical Center’s chief executive past the $1 million mark, a move criticized by advocates for janitors who became embroiled in a labor dispute with the hospital after their pay was cut nearly in half."
"Yee noted that some of the janitors had been UCSF employees for decades.
“I don’t think UCSF has any inkling of what social justice means, and you can’t separate the regents from UCSF,” said Yee, who visited UCSF last week with Board of Supervisors President London Breed to urge Chancellor Sam Hawgood to drop the probation requirement.
Yee said he and Breed had been met by security guards who tried to prevent them from getting off the elevator. They never met with Hawgood, and settled instead for handing a letter addressed to him to a security guard.
Laret did not respond to a request for comment.
The regents’ spokeswoman, Dianne Klein, said Laret’s raise “is actually significantly less than what comparably complex institutions the size of UCSF pay their CEOs.”
She added that his salary is not paid from taxpayer dollars.
“Laret’s raise is probably peanuts to him, but it is far more than many of his own employees and thousands of low-wage, MediCal-reliant UC contract workers make in a year,” said Todd Stenhouse, a spokesman for the union representing the janitors, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “UC’s tone deafness to the plight of these workers (and) contempt for basic standards of public accountability ... seems to know no bounds.”"

And a companion piece

"Medical Center CEO profits from firms doing business with hospital"

"Now, 17 months later, there is fresh cause for concern. This week, state lawmakers authorized a
$418,000 audit
of UC’s Office of the President to determine why its budget has gone up nearly 60 percent since 2011 — and just how many employees it had. One of the lawmakers who requested the audit — Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco — says UC told the state Department of Finance it had 1,186 employees, but UC’s website says the office has 1,672 full-time employees or the equivalent in part-time workers.

Perhaps an organization as big as, say, General Motors might not be able to pin down within 500 employees how many workers it has. But the office of UC’s president?"

Why UC Needs A Seventh Audit in Four Years


The one person whose reputation was enhanced by UC Davis scandal

Sac Bee on Lessons and Choosing the Next UC Davis Chancellor:

"At her urging, Davis paid $407,000 to a series of PR consultants hired in that effort, which also consumed an unknown number staff hours.

What did UC Davis get for all that time and money?

Abject failure."

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