Archive for August, 2008
UCOP continues to make changes to our benefits programs. See the notice below that was received by CUCFA.
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Re: Administration of Flexible Spending Accounts and COBRA Administration.
For your information, the University of California is assessing proposals from potential vendors for the administration of its employee Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program for health (HCRA) and dependent care (DepCare) as well as COBRA continuation for all UC health plans. The University is reassessing its COBRA process with an eye towards facilitating efficiency and compliance by consolidating the carrier administration under a single vendor. The effective date for implementation of administrative services is expected to be January 1, 2009 for SFA plans and May 1, 2009 for COBRA. If you have any questions, please contact your University representative for your bargaining unit.
Earlier this year the DFA and CUCFA (Council of UC Faculty Associations) apprised President Yudof of our concerns about the proposed changes to management of the UC natural reserve system. CUCFA sent him a letter expressing our concerns. We have received a brief reply that is described below.
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Date: August 5, 2008 11:46:13 AM PDT
Subject: Re: CUCFA letter to Yudof on NRS
We received a short thank you letter from Yudof, stating that he “will keep the comments of both CUCFA and the NRS Advisory Council in mind as I review the reorganization efforts and as I learn more about how the different elements of the Office of the President contribute to the success of the University.”
You may be interested in the Business Week article below about corporatization of higher ed, which includes commentary from UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau. The article is available at http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/jul2008/bs20080717_076555.htm
by Terence Murphy, DFA Board member
You probably received the e-missive from Office of the President on the comparison of the 2006 and 2007 budgets. I thought that the analysis was incomplete, not including the relative increases in the various pay categories, so I calculated them. You may not be surprised by the categories with the greatest increases (were you expecting it to be the teaching faculty?). Note that you can’t tell to what extent the increases represent numbers of persons or pay rates per person.
The original table is available at:
|CY 2007||CY 2006||% change|
|Clinical Profs, Lecturers, et al.||913,857,671||840,589,404||8.72|
|UNEX and Coop Ext||73,735,672||70,975,429||3.89|
|Other academics, eg Librarians||87,239,965||79,846,757||9.26|
|Academic Administrative Officers||69,525,075||63,060,751||10.25|
|Health Care Services||1,780,517,291||1,592,367,413||11.82|
|Fiscal, Management, Staff Services||1,286,534,016||1,179,296,573||9.09|
|Sciences, Lab Services||291,725,277||279,595,728||4.34|
|Food and Linen Services||73,069,030||64,094,936||14.00|
UC has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that asks for bids to manage our Defined Benefits program. This has been managed up until now from UCOP in Oakland. It indicates that privatization of the functions of UCOP continues. The RFP can be found at
and the associated web site is at