Senator Cathleen Galgiani: “It’s time to let California voters decide.”

May 01, 2017

Proposed Constitutional Amendment ties tuition increases and substandard service wages to the number of University of California administrators paid more than the Governor.

Today, Senator Cathleen Galgiani introduced a proposed Constitutional Amendment in response to the latest audit of the University of California’s finances.

Under the Galgiani Amendment, in any year that the University of California pays more than 600 administrators a salary above that paid to the Governor, the University may not increase tuition or enter into contracts paying substandard wages to those who provide cleaning and maintenance services.

“I arrived at the number 600 after eliminating clinical and faculty job classifications.  Only administrative positions – executives, managers, and academic administrators - are included.

“UC’s finances are woefully unbalanced favoring top administrators at the expense of long-time workers and students.  After draining the pockets of the lowest paid workers, they’ve created a monstrosity of highly paid administrators whose salaries can only be fed by rising student fees.  SCA 13 will force a new discipline on UC - cut back on high salaries and treat people fairly.  If not, the student fee pipeline is closed.

“Increasing salaries for top earners at the expense of students and other employees is a worn-out strategy by UC.  In 2009, tuition was raised by 32%, yet lower-wage workers were furloughed and student admissions were cut.  Nonetheless, two years later, UC handed out $100,000 pay raises to select administrators.”

From 2004 to 2014 management and senior professional positions expanded by 60%, even outnumbering tenure-track faculty.

“I recognize that UC will say they need to pay so many administrators so much more than the Governor for ‘competitive reasons.’  That may or may not be true.  If it is true, then the principle of ‘competitive’ should be applied to more than just them. 

“Students from lower income families can’t compete for admission slots with wealthy foreign and out-of-state students who can afford to pay more.   And UC’s growing reliance on low-wage, largely immigrant subcontracted service workers creates a competitive disadvantage for its own employees who have to weather the storm.”

Senator Galgiani will be available in her office Tuesday, May 2nd between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm to answer any specific questions members of the press may have.