Dana Cloud (associate professor, communication studies) and Snehal Shingavi (assistant professor, English) submitted the following resolution to suspend the implementation of Shared Services at UT Austin. It will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 5, 2014. Final approval resides with the Faculty Council with formal notification to the president.
Dean Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council
REVISED RESOLUTION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FACULTY COUNCIL
SUSPENSION OF SHARED SERVICES
WHEREAS, we join with the University of Texas Board of Regents and Central Administration in seeking to deliver excellent education at affordable cost in an era of reduced state appropriations; and
WHEREAS, the administration of financial, procurement, information technology and human resources at the University exists to further the mission of the University by serving its faculty and students; and
WHEREAS, the implementation of Shared Services will displace locally dedicated staff, hindering the productivity of faculty in conducting teaching and research-related activity; and
WHEREAS, the plan as specified by the Administration requires the loss of at least 500 positions across the University; and
WHEREAS, the published projections of its profitability are erroneous and overstated; and
WHEREAS, the quantity of information released by the University regarding planning and related expenditures still does not make clear financial (savings/loss) projections, refute challenges to financial projects, or refute faculty and staff concerns about loss of staff jobs (including layoffs that have already occurred); and
WHEREAS, numbers of staff across the University do not want Shared Services to be implemented; and
WHEREAS, members of the saverourut.org campaign have gathered more than one thousand signatures against Shared Services from UT employees to be presented at a staff rally on April 23; and
WHEREAS, increasing numbers of faculty members are coming out against the plan; and
WHEREAS, the faculty of the University of Michigan have passed a resolution against a similar plan on their campus, concluding that Shared Services "amounts to a dehumanization of the workplace" and that the job savings would come disproportionately from female staff and staff of color; and
BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Texas at Austin Faculty Council request immediate, permanent suspension of the implementation of any part of the Shared Services plan.
Posted on the Faculty Council website
on April 22, 2014.