Links of the Week

Cal State sets policy on presidential pay
Los Angeles Times
Cal State trustees approved a plan Wednesday to restrict pay for new campus presidents—eliminating the use of private funds to supplement salaries—in a move to quell criticism and controversy in the nation’s largest university system.

The policy, approved by the Board of Trustees on an 8-to-4 vote, essentially maintains the current practice of limiting increases for new executives to no more than 10% of their predecessor’s pay in most cases.

But the new plan eliminates the use of private foundation funds to supplement state-funded base pay.

That practice was adopted on some campuses to save tax dollars during the recession but it posed conflict-of-interest concerns because most presidents also sit on the boards of campus foundations.

The new policy gives Chancellor Timothy P. White flexibility to negotiate above the 10% cap in “extraordinary” circumstances …

In adopting the revised policy, trustees may have been sensitive to assertions by faculty of misplaced priorities, said California Faculty Assn. President Jennifer Eagan. But, in the end, it appeared to be more window-dressing than substance, she said.

“We are still waiting for the board to discuss faculty salaries as seriously and as often as they devote to executive pay,” said Eagan, a professor at Cal State East Bay.

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Why California’s State University Faculty might hit the bricks
Capital & Main
Faculty and students from the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU) system will demonstrate today over a contract fight that they say is critical to the future of higher education in the Golden State. The actions will be highlighted by a march through downtown Long Beach, ending at the state chancellor’s office, where the CSU Board of Trustees is to meet.

Insight: CSU Faculty Labor Dispute
Capital Public Radio NPR Sacramento (audio)
Joining Insight to talk about the pay dispute are Kevin Wehr, a sociology professor at Sacramento State University and chair of the California Faculty Association bargaining team, and Laurie Weidner, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs for CSU. 

Students walk out of the class in solidarity with CSU faculty
The Lumberjack
A walkout in solidarity with California State University faculty filled the UC Quad with students on Tuesday afternoon. The Humboldt Student Labor Union organized a demonstration to show support for a proposed 5 percent increase to faculty wages.

Cal State faculty rally for pay raises
LA Times
Hundreds of chanting, banner-waving Cal State faculty members marched to the chancellor’s office in Long Beach on Tuesday, announcing their resolve to walk out of classes in the nation’s largest university system if an agreement is not reached in a long-running pay dispute.

California State University faculty march for pay raise, threaten strike
More than 1,000 staff and students marched through the streets of Long Beach, California, on Tuesday to demand a raise for the 26,000 faculty members of the California State University, the nation’s largest public university system.

Photos: Cal State faculty rally, demanding more pay
OC Register
LONG BEACH – The horns, drums and faint voices of faculty protesters bled through the walls at Tuesday’s meeting of the California State University Board of Trustees.

CSU faculty rally to seek salary increases in Long Beach
CBS 2 TV Los Angeles
Faculty members marched to fight for a 5 percent general salary increase as well as additional rates based on years of service, CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom reported.

Cal State faculty rally for higher salaries, trustees seek more state funding
The battle over salaries between California State University and its faculty intensified Tuesday in Long Beach when hundreds of faculty from 23 campuses protested the university’s latest pay proposal.