Comments on: Baa Ram U. lays it on thick this year History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:59:39 +0000 hourly 1 By: cgeye Tue, 10 May 2011 16:07:25 +0000 It would be worse — you could be working for one of the Koch Bros.:

By: Nicole Fri, 06 May 2011 18:11:53 +0000 Our parking costs are going up. :(

(Though not as much as health insurance…)

I want a raise!

By: wini Fri, 06 May 2011 14:36:35 +0000 Our system is set up so that almost no one gets COL raises through the merit system. If/when we get merit raises, the top amount is usually 3%. And while inflation hasn’t been that high over the past 3 years… no one is getting merit raises.

Even our grad admissions process is weighted towards people who get competing offers. There are many reasons I find going on the job market almost every year baffling, but among them is how much time it takes away from the work you are supposed to be doing.

I’ve finally come to realize that I will make less (relative to inflation) every year I live here. And, really, that’s why I’m encouraging my partner to do a nationwide, non-academic job search. I just don’t care to be in a system that doesn’t value me. I’m hoping to stay around for another 2 years, however, because under normal circumstances the department will want to replace my line.

By: Susan Fri, 06 May 2011 04:16:20 +0000 I came to my U in 2008, and I’ve had one year of furlough and no raise. Assuming I get through a review this year, I’ll get a significant raise, but who knows? At least our prez’s budget plans include eventually putting 3% a year in for faculty raises…

I’d take the vet benefit: my cat was sick recently, and it was VERY expensive.

By: Indyanna Thu, 05 May 2011 21:52:15 +0000 Historiann, I just took a break from grading and ran your topmost graphic through e-scan technology, which can dollarize coupons with satellite cams–even with the bar codes turned face down! And the only one of those babies that registered “Ridiculously Huge” [TM] was the Vet Teaching Hospital one, and that only if you stake out about a thousand acres of free homestead and run a ridiculously huge herd of Argentine Brahmas on it along with a few thousand Afghan sheep. Then call the Vet dean and say you want his people out there first thing next week for a battery of vaccinations and to deliver the new lambs. At 20% off, that’s going to put a huge hole in this stupid initiative, while you go Chap 11 and then announce a plan to re-zone and develop the land.

Taxes on grad. stipends. Ouch, Canuck. When I was back there at BFU, the IRS wasn’t even collecting on those. But that was back there during the Nixon welfare state. Talk about disinvestment in human capital. If anybody takes the Zipcar option, check out the column in the NYT last week about vast coverage gaps in the liability insurance scheme.

By: Canuck Down South Thu, 05 May 2011 20:38:34 +0000 Somewhat to my surprise, I actually got a cost-of-living increase this past year. But I’m a grad student in the humanities, so that increase was $560, precisely. Apparently the graduate school makes it a point of pride to keep us just over some poverty line, which in practice means pushing the grad students just into the next tax bracket, so we pay the highest possible taxes on our salaries.

“The smartest/luckiest decision I ever made in my life was to pursue grad studies in Canada so I was well-placed to get this job.” –And here I’m doing the opposite, hoping grad studies in the US will help me move back!

By: FrauTech Thu, 05 May 2011 19:14:42 +0000 Cost of living increase reminds me that it seems like only government employees get those now, and even then they are disappearing. I figure the effort to get rid of them and base everything on “performance” is an attempt to make employers no longer responsible for keeping anyone up with inflation. So if you perform above and beyond, you MIGHT eek out above inflation. But if you are only good, or only average, you will slowly lose out to inflation.

Seems like teachers, professors, and public employees are going to be the first test cases for the worst assault on the middle class since the days of robber barons. To see exactly what they can get away with. I feel ill anytime one of my colleagues asks something like “well shouldn’t they be held accountable?” and I wonder why we are targeting this people first, what makes them such easy targets.

I say at the very least everyone should get a cat, then you can benefit somewhat. The class thing sounds interesting, but only so much as you don’t pay for it at all, aren’t restricted to taking courses in your field, and actually had spare time enough to enjoy a class on the side “for fun” as it were. Seems to me though like all these benefits should already be there given even with raises academic salaries are so low.

By: truffula Thu, 05 May 2011 19:12:22 +0000 if I show up to a little reception I might get a sad campus catering sandwich and a Pepsi.

Ha! I was recently invited to an evening reception at the university president’s home. The president who recently stood up on a stage and told us that if we don’t like the work conditions (he was answering a question to a classified employee but it could have been to any of us), we can quit any time we choose wants me to come to his not-in-reach-of-public-transit home just so he can let me know he cares? Barf.

I wrote back: I prefer not. I already work 50 to 60 hours a week and adding more to any given day is not my idea of a good time, particularly in light of his well known opinions regarding workplace happiness.

Now they have hatched a plan to redefine a whole layer of classified employees up into a lowest-level management job description. The point, one must assume, is to strip a big pool of employees of collective bargaining rights and any kind of job protection. It is bad enough for this stuff to come from outside the university but from inside? Horrible.

By: Historiann Thu, 05 May 2011 16:56:31 +0000 Perpetua: why do I keep thinking of those old skits from the 1980s and 1990s on Saturday Night Live, Hans and Franz? “Pay me now or pay me later!”

Undine: yeah, what is it with all of the annual reports we have to file for exactly jacke $hitte? Earlier this year I made the suggestion that the Chair of our department at least put stickers on our annual evals. Kids love stickers, right?

At this point, I think we’re all just working for stickers.

By: undine Thu, 05 May 2011 16:41:57 +0000 They actually raised the “R” word with you to let you know you aren’t getting one? Northern Clime hasn’t had raises in so many years that I think they’re afraid to use the word for fear it will send us into a frenzy. Instead, they just pile on the annual report evaluation requirements that we have to do every year, just to punish us for thinking about raises. I think we’re now up to reporting everything three times in different formats and with different but equally balky computer programs.

But yes, I am grateful to have a job.