a summary address to the University of California Board of
Regents, the outgoing Chair of the Council of UC Staff Associations
(CUCSA) reported progress in the three areas on which the
council devoted its focus this year – communications,
faculty-staff partnering, and an educational fee waiver for
dependents of UC employees.
Maggie Souder of the UC Riverside campus, speaking on behalf
of her colleagues at the other nine campuses and Berkeley
and Los Alamos labs, pledged that the group will continue
to address these and others issues of importance to staff
“I passionately believe that fostering an atmosphere
in which staff can collaborate and contribute is an important
factor in ensuring University success,” she told the
Regents at their July meeting, “not one perhaps as visible
or easily measured as, for example, the number of Nobel Laureates,
but critical nevertheless. Encouraging collaboration between
staff, faculty, students and administration facilitates this
Berkeley Lab’s junior delegate to CUCSA, Linda Rutkowski,
said the group had tried during the year to convince the Regents
that UC staff should be represented in Regental deliberations.
It hasn’t happened yet, but in her message, Souder urged
the Regents to consider “the possibility of appointing
a non-voting staff advisor to the Board.”
Rutkowski also said the fee waiver proposal for faculty and
staff dependents was rejected due to budgetary constraints.
Souder asked the Board to consider committing to the program’s
implementation as soon as economically feasible. She told
them that a survey of 1,475 UC employees revealed 98 percent
believing the fee waiver would be beneficial to the institution.
Souder highlighted several examples of “best-practice”
faculty-staff partnerships that were gathered in a CUCSA campus
poll, and she offered ideas for continued progress, including
creating a vision and generating an atmosphere that results
in a change in culture, shared responsibility for a positive
work environment, including faculty-staff concerns in reports
and initiatives, and recognizing partnering efforts.
In communications, several opportunities for improvement were
noted: information timeliness, reduced redundancy, budget
and benefit updates, and newsworthy events, such as research
news, awards and distinctions, and faculty and staff honors.
Souder concluded, on behalf of the Council, “I affirm
our dedication and willingness to work toward the type of
communication that will encourage and facilitate understanding;
collegiality; recognition of faculty, staff and student value
and the retention of each; superior services and accomplishments,
and top UC rankings.”
“I am looking forward to another productive year under
the leadership of new CUCSA Chair David Bell of UCSF and Chair-Elect
David Miller of UCLA,” Rutkowski said.
Berkeley Lab was represented by Rutkowski and senior delegate
Kathie Hardy. Diana Attia was the group’s secretary.
New delegates will be selected in September.