3800 News

Jan 19

Editorial: The U's failing grade for fiscal management

Exhibit A on administrative bloat: The U.

At the University of Minnesota, the number of employees with "human resources" or "personnel" in their job titles has grown from 180 to 272 since the 2004-05 academic year.

Since 2006, the university has spent $10 million on consultants for a vast new housing development that is decades from completion. It employs 139 people for marketing, promotions and communications. Some 81 administrators make $200,000 per year or more.

In the past decade, Minnesota's administrative payroll has gone up three times as fast as the teaching payroll, and twice as fast as student enrollment.

Oh, and tuition more than doubled in that same period, to more than $13,000 per year.

Jan 19

Wall Street Journal says Chop From The Top!

AFSCME 3800 has been saying, "Chop from the Top!" for years as we've seen tuition skyrocket and front line jobs get eliminated - all while high priced administrators enriched themselves and expanded their numbers. The U of MN's administrative excesses have finally caught the attention of the national media. The Wall Street Journal ran an article on December 29 detailing administrative excesses and skyrocketing tuition at the U of MN (attached or available to WSJ subscribers here). Doug Belkin, a reporter with the WSJ, has been working on this story for months, and approached our union in October for assistance in understanding the bureaucracy at the U. Thanks to all our members who helped provide background information for the article. The story has since been picked up by Minnesota Public Radio and Huffington Post, among others. 

We will continue to pressure the U to uphold a vital component of its land grant mission - offering a quality education for the working people of the state of Minnesota. We will also continue to defend front line jobs at the U and to pressure for an end to administrative bloat and excessive salaries.

Jan 19

AFSCME at the U: Making Success Possible

This University works because WE DO! Take Pride in your work, take pride in yourself, take pride in your union!

Jan 18

From Macha to Pacha: The Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota addresses pay inequity in clerical workers salaries

by Mary Lou Middleton (Garza), former vice president of AFSCME Local 3800 clerical workers at the University of Minnesota

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