E-Bulletin for University of California Administrative Professionals: July, 2008

Budget Blues
For those employees without union contracts, such as administrative professionals, it appears likely UC’s budget will include no money for pay increases.  Although the legislature has not yet issued its final budget, this gloomy prognosis follows years of below-market pay increases.  UC continues to rely on the State’s budget problems as its reason for low pay increases, although state funds account for less than 20% of UC’s operating budget. Administrative professionals are coming together to talk about the budget and UC’s pay policies so that we can come up with concrete ways to work together and make positive and lasting change.

Survey: What’s Important To You at Work?
We are currently conducting an on-line survey of all administrative professionals. This will give us all a better idea of the issues that most concern administrative professionals. Please take three minutes of your time and fill out the survey by clicking here.

Career Compass: UCB Redoing All Job Titles!
At UC Berkeley, the Career Compass program is beginning to be implemented.  This is a total re-design of the classification, evaluation, and career ladder system.  The expectation is that, once the process is completed at Berkeley, it will be rolled out to the other campuses.  Unfortunately, the implementation has begun to raise concerns and questions. 

Administrative Professionals have already reported that:

  1. They have not had an opportunity to provide input into what their job responsibilities actually are, resulting in inaccurate classification;

  2. There is no indication what pay ranges will be assigned to the new classifications;

  3. Their new job title offers less opportunity for career advancement despite the stated goal of Career Compass;

  4. Some managers have made arbitrary decisions when mapping jobs into the new classifications.

To learn more about Career Compass, email ap@upte-cwa.org

Being the president has its perks
June 16th marked the first day on the job for the new UC president, Mark Yudof. Yudof’s salary is approximately $200,000 more than that of his predecessor, Robert Dynes.  Dynes resigned from the university in a storm of controversy over excessive executive compensation in the UC system. Yudof’s salary and perks are no exception. In addition to a base salary of $591,084, Yudof will also receive an auto allowance, moving reimbursement, and a mansion in Kensington, which is currently undergoing millions of dollars worth of renovations.

Union Membership is Open to All
UC employees who are not yet covered by a union contract have the voluntary right to join our union. Hundreds of staff professionals have chosen to be voluntary members of UPTE. By joining UPTE, we not only support the effort to win union representation for Administrative Professionals, but it also supports the already organized UPTE units in their effort to win a contract with fair wages, secure benefits, and a voice on the job. Dues are $22 per month and are paid through payroll deduction. To download a membership application, click here.

For more information, or to get involved, please email ap@upte-cwa.org.

This bulletin provides a resource for workplace issues affecting UC’s staff professionals and ways we can work together to solve them. It also keeps us updated on administrative professionals’ organizing efforts with the University Professional and Technical Employees union (UPTE).