Saturday, December 01, 2007

Morale: Gravity's gone

Reaction to the new pay raises for UW faculty has been muted in the hallways, offices and labs where I spend time these days. It's going to be 2% this year and 2% next, with an extra 1% folded in along the way, yet another year of losing ground. The smart money is on the administration folks, from the Deans' Offices on up, to get double or triple that (see here).

I'm really glad to have a good secure job, health care and retirement, but it's a blessing and a curse working here, as the bottom drops out of higher education and people have stopped asking when it'll stop. Reminds me of a lyric:
So I'll meet you at the bottom if there really is one
They always told me when you hit it you'll know it
But I've been falling so long it's like gravity's gone and I'm just floating
— "Gravity's Gone", Mike Cooley


The Ridger, FCD said...

As an Indian fellow commented once on another blog I read (don't remember where, exactly) "All your jobs are so belong to us!"

Mr. Verb said...