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May 10, 2013
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BFA Annual Report: AY 2012-2013

  This has been a busy year for the Berkeley Faculty Association.  Although Proposition 30 passed in the Fall it effectively amounted to a stay of execution: cancelling cuts planned for this year but doing nothing to ameliorate the impact … Continue reading

September 20, 2012
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The Three Most Important Things CSS Can Do to Reduce Faculty Concerns about Campus Shared Services

As we make clear in the accompanying letter, the Berkeley Faculty Association Board has many concerns about the planning of Campus Shared Service. Though all of our requests for additional information are extremely important to us, we recognize that you … Continue reading

September 17, 2012
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BFA Response to Szeri CSS Memo of 8/10/12

Dear Andrew: Thank you for responding to our July 2, 2012, memo regarding the planning of the Campus Shared Services and the planned transfer of staff to 4th Street. As we said in our memo, we have many questions and concerns about the design of the CSS plan, key features of which have still not been made public. We would like to help the campus design a CSS program that will not only save the campus money, but also minimize the disruption to faculty and ensure that we continue to obtain the staff support we need to deal with research grants, manage events, appoint GSIs and GSRs, manage faculty recruitment and retention, obtain computer support, and the like […] Continue reading

July 2, 2012
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BFA Statement on Campus Shared Services 7/2/2012

As you may have heard, the Operational Excellence leadership is instituting a Campus Shared Services (CSS) initiative that includes the removal of hundreds of departmental/program/center staff to an off-campus center on 4th Street. This move was slated to begin in September, but has been postponed to January 2013 because there wasn’t enough time to prepare the new site (a troubling indication of poor planning). We welcome this delay, however, as it gives faculty and staff needed time to troubleshoot the plan and urge solutions before the move begins.

We are gravely concerned about the design of the CSS plan, key features of which have still not been made public. We are worried about the lack of a clear financing scheme and recharge costs to departments. We are concerned about OE’s failure to study the impact of this restructuring on the staff support we faculty need to deal with research grants, manage events, appoint GSIs and GSRs, manage faculty recruitment and retention, obtain computer support, and the like.
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