Letters written to UC management:
- Aug 5 2009: Response to President Yudof regarding the furlough plan
- Jul 15 2009: Yudof's furlough proposal: On the backs of the poor
Media coverage and other links:(Feel free to contact me if you know of other sources to post here.)
- knowyourgovernment.us — Do You Know Your Government?
- ucstrike.com — General Strike, November 2009
- peopleorprofit.org — coutesy of UPTE
- ucwatch.org — coutesy of AFSCME 3299
- UC's Wall Street management style — LA Times, Sep 28 2009 (or at Chicago Tribune)
- Big Man on Campus - Questions for Mark Yudof — New York Times, Sep 24 2009 (and responses on Chris Newfield's blog)
- UC Faculty Walkout - September 24 (Facebook group)
- An Open Letter to UC Graduate Students - Walkout September 24 (GSOC Facebook group)
- The Real Cost of Undergraduate Education — Bob Samuels, Sep 21 2009
- UC Student Association Endorses Walkout Sep 14 2009
- Aggie Article on Walkout Sep 8 2009
- AAUP Endorses Walkout Sep 3 2009
- Campus-specific sites:
- NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN UC PRESIDENT YUDOF: Aug 26-Sep 02, 2009
- Collection of Basic Facts on UC Budget Crisis
- Bob Samuels: Who are the High Earners in the UC System? Aug 17 2009
- Terminating California — How the University Works and the Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug 14 2009
- Bob Samuels: Where does the UC money Go? Aug 12 2009. Answer: Increasingly, to the wealthy.
- Execs still get raises as UC cuts staffing, pay — San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 7 2009
- Protesters want Yudof out of UC — Daily Sound, Aug 6 2009
- UC to lend state millions to kick-start plans — San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 6 2009
- "Sharing the Pain with Top UC Execs"
- California's universities in trouble: Before the fall — The Economist, Aug 6 2009
- Budget Cuts Devastate California Higher Education — New York Times/AP, Aug 5 2009
- Remaking the University — Blog maintained by Chris Newfield at UC Santa Barbara
- Do Public Colleges Rip Off Students? — Charles Schwartz, in the Daily Beast, Jul 31 2009
- Quoth Mr. Yudof: "in some ways each researcher at UC is like a small business owner". Who needs lawyer jokes when there are "executives" around?
Speaks for itself:
Selected responses (anonymized):
My thanks for all you are doing. I am grateful.
Great work. You are doing an invaluable service.
Someone forwarded to me your letter to Yudof, and I wanted to express my great appreciation to you for taking the time to research the issues and write your excellent letter.
I have forwarded it to _______ at the _______ (and others), asking _______. In the meanwhile, I look forward to when staff, faculty, students unite throughout all UC campuses to take back control of this great public institution from the scoundrels currently feeding at the trough (euphemism).
Thank you for your amazing letter. Thank you for doing this work and for stating the results of your research so clearly. I will do what I can to call folks' attention to it.
This is wonderful. Thank you -- and keep fighting the good fight.
Many thanks for this wonderful tool and your work on this project
I'm so proud of you!
Great work. Let's see what others have to say. You might post responses somewhere.
brilliant! I am forwarding far and wide
Do you mind if I send this to some union reps?
great - thank you! now more relevant than ever - to law suits!
[Thanks] for taking to time to show some analysis on what is so evident to anyone with 1/2 a brain. This is great. Really good detail. I'm going to pass it around to other folks.
I think your analysis is excellent. Thank you for taking time to do this!
Fantastic job! Congratulations. We need more young activists like you. I'll spread the message
Holy smacks! I am impressed, and delighted to be wrong. Looks to me like you're making a splash with this one. Good for you.
Thank you for your work on the analysis you have circulated.
Impressive - the bigger salaries might not not go out to eat one night a week
and the little salaries might NOT EAT one night a week - It REALLY is a big difference -
but if you ask those making far more - they disagree. Thank you for doing this -
it does really open my eyes to the lack of justification.
they're schmucks! thanks for this exquisite work. people really appreciate it (cuz, most of us are dopes when it comes to the math).
You are incredible for putting this together for us!!!!! I have always known it to be unfair, but seeing the spread sheet and all of it detailed and in print really brings it to light. Plus all the comments too that are helpful.
wow. great job! i am not sure i understand all of it, but i think i do know the bottom line.
Just a quick note of thanks for your stunning analysis of what is, in my view, financial malfeasance.
Have you been in touch with the press/media with your analysis?
A bit delicate, of course, in not wanting to appear indulgent when there are those outside UC in dire straights in greater numbers. I assume it would be a matter of framing in terms of mis-management...
A (jet-lagged, in Japan) thought.
Something else to stress, over and above the numbers, is the obscenity of
the least-paid people doing the most work around here. Who works harder or
longer than a lady I know making $38K/yr (before cuts)? Evenings and
weekends on top of her daily secretarial work, which often lasts ten hours
or more. With lay-offs, people like this colleague have been obliged to pick
up the slack. And we're cutting THEM??? Cheers--
This is a gift - - thank you for your candor, time, tact, and might I add brilliance?
I just wanted to congratulate you on the letter you sent through regarding the paycuts. It's a strong analysis and much needed.
Hats off to you for your killer analysis of the UC paycut and furlough plan.
The University of Maryland staff is facing its own budgetary armageddon on Labor Day (fitting, isn't it?).
Our top salaries may not be as stratospheric as some of the UC employees, but we've got plenty in the Century Club ($100K +).
They are still living "la vida Marie Antoinette."
I have passed your email along to many of the University of Maryland activists. Hopefully it will spur some into action before the lowest paid are forced to pay the price for the excesses of the top ten percent.
Again, many thanks for the great work.
Thanks for all of your work on this.
I am dismayed at your results have not been more fully recognized by OP.
Just read your letter to President Yudof. Thank you so much for doing the research needed to compile this letter!
My salary is so pitiful (a little under $40,000 per year) yet I make the School of Medicine so much money in
finding and correcting coding/billing errors for our professional ______ and ______ specialties at the
UC______ Medical Center.
[...] And I must also tell you as regards the six figure salary earners: Our last director here made approx $250,000.00 per year in addition to his moving expenses paid and his car allowance. All I ever saw him do was play around on the internet checking on the value of his baseball cards from day to day and attending meetings with Dr ______ and dept chairs over at the medical center. Just so you get an idea of what OUR high paid execs Do here at UC______.
Thank you for your time. I just circulated your letter to several of my coworkers and they are responding so I'd like to read what they think. Have a great day and thank you for sticking up for us.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
FOR YOUR BUDGET CUT ANALYSIS AND LETTER TO MR. YUDOF, IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED AND WE THE EMPLOYEES OF THIS INSTITUTION WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL TO YOU!
TALK ABOUT GETTING CAUGHT WITH YOUR HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR....
BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU AGAIN