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MIT Issues Statement on Charges Filed by CPA

MIT issued a statement earlier this week regarding the charges of unfair labor practice filed against them by the Campus Police Association. MIT CPA Vice President Joseph S. West said last week that MIT has refused to renegotiate wages for the campus police. The National Labor Relations Board will investigate whether MIT has “engaged in trickery and threats at the bargaining table in violation of federal law,” according to a flyer being handed out last week at 77 Massachusetts Avenue.

According to the MIT statement, “MIT has bargained in good faith and will continue to do so in the hopes of resolving the outstanding issues in the current contract.”

West said last week that the base pay for campus police is $22.68 per hour, while the average base pay for campus police in Massachusetts is $25 to $26 per hour. Also, other union employees have received raises recently while the campus police have not received a raise in two years, West said. But the MIT statement said that “the wages offered by MIT for all years of the contract are comparable to those offered to other staff at MIT and are, in our view, reasonable given the market place and the Institute’s overall budget.”

According to the same statement, this year is the third and final year of a collective bargaining agreement between MIT and the CPA. This agreement established the wages for the first two years, but left the third year open to negotiation.

West said that MIT is offering a three percent raise. MIT considers this “a reasonable wage increase,” according to the statement. The CPA is asking for a five percent raise, said West.

“MIT is responding to the union’s requests for copies of hundreds of pages of documents and will provide the material to the union as soon as possible,” according to the statement.

Marie Y. Thibault

Canizares and Gibson Named to New Posts

Associate Provost Claude R. Canizares has been named vice president for research and associated provost, and Professor Lorna J. Gibson has been named associate provost. The appointments, made by Provost L. Rafael Reif, will go into effect on August 1.

As vice president for research, many labs and research offices will report to Canizares. He takes over for Professor Alice Gast, who was recently named president of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Gibson’s responsibilities as associate provost will include handling faculty issues and chairing the Committee for the Review of Space Planning.

Marie Y. Thibault

Harvard Announces School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

On May 23, Harvard University announced a proposal to turn its Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences into the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Current DEAS Dean Venkatesh Narayanamurti will stay on to guide the transition, the Harvard press release stated.

The formation of this engineering school “is an important event for the University,” President Lawrence H. Summers ’75 said in the press release. “It marks our recognition of the profound importance of technology and applied sciences for every aspect of our society.”

The press release stated that the school plans to increase the university’s engineering and applied sciences faculty by about 50 percent, from approximately 70 members to 100, in the coming years. The re-naming will be presented for formal approval in the fall, according to the press release, which can be found at http://www.deas.harvard.edu/press.

—Angeline Wang

Chameau Replacing Baltimore as Cal Tech President

Jean-Lou Chameau, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was named the new president of the California Institute of Technology on May 26, according to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Chameau, who will become the first foreign-born leader to head the Pasadena-based university, is expected to replace current Caltech President and Nobel laureate David Baltimore ’61 on September 1.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Jean-Lou to the Presidency of Caltech,” Baltimore said in an e-mail. “He is a skilled administrator who lives by the values of Caltech — and MIT too — a deep belief in the power of science and technology to contribute to human welfare.”

Baltimore announced his plans to step down last fall. He will remain as a biology professor at Caltech, a job he has “always loved,” concentrating on immunology.

—Angeline Wang