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  •  No Fun for Ordinary Support Staff Either. (13+ / 0-)

    In the service of advancing major administrators, coaches and such, opportunity for rank & file staff was compressed to a flat sheet of paper at my state university.

    Shortly before my tech support job was outsourced, I noticed that an intelligent secretary who might want to switch to something like computer network admin working for that university, would probably never be able to repay the cost of the training from increased earnings.

    And just before the end I was offered a 50% raise if I'd quit to join a private contractor working nearby. That's how excessive my drain on the state taxpayer was.

    Faculty was never my enemy, nor was research.

    I worked for a time in research contract administration, and saw the move to the university setting up officially non-university facilities so that sponsors wouldn't need to pay the full overhead needed by a university, and could further underpay all the support staff.

    Oh and of course lock up the results they got from the public university research as proprietary.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:19:42 PM PST

    •  You will start to see the poaching of public (2+ / 0-)
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      school employees to private concerns with the bait of more $$$.

      Many in public education will have to face the decision of whether to cross over to the "dark side."  

      That is, of course, if something isn't done to derail the corporate raid on public education.

      If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

      by livjack on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:33:00 PM PST

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      •  You see that pretty often (1+ / 0-)
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        in the biotech research fields. Lots of folks wonder why the hell they are going to deal with $38K a year at best with lousy benefits as a post doc in your early 30's even at Tier 1 schools and a decade of student loan debt and interest. Go work in industry and make $80k instead. Some of that is due to mandated salaries from government grants too. Can make no more than "X" as your starting salary.

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