Faculty University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) clean up at the expense of students’ parents, Californians. Californians face prolonged stagnant economy, mortgage defaults, 12% unemployment, pay reductions, loss of unemployment benefits. UC Berkeley shares economic pain of Californians? No Chancellor, Faculty layoffs or wage concessions. UC Berkeley pay raises, tuition & fee increases are arrogance. Apply for positions when chancellor, vice chancellor, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP wages better elsewhere. If wages are what commit faculty to UC, leave for better paying job. The sky will not fall on UC Berkeley.
UC Berkeley wages must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others are paid. There is no good reason to raise salaries, tuition, fees when wage concessions available from Chancellors, Faculty. In the spirit of shared sacrifices UC Berkeley Faculty, Vice Chancellors, Provost, Chancellor: No furloughs.
18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut. 18 percent prune of campus chancellors', vice chancellors' salaries. 15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increase teaching load. 10 percent decrease non-tenured faculty salaries, increase research, teaching load. 100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

(17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

There is no question the necessary cuts will be painful to Faculty, Chancellors.

UC Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing can bridge public trust gap with reassurances salaries of Chancellors, Faculty reflect depressed California wages. With UC’s shared economic sacrifices, the sky will not fall on the 10 campuses. Email Opinion to Dianne.Griffiths@ucop.edu

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