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An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

April 25, 2019
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

On April 30, you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2019 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey. Your response will help us understand the progress we have made over the past year toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work.

We have contracted with Gallup to conduct this survey, the seventh of its kind at UCSF since 2011. After each survey, managers and their teams use their results to create action plans that build on strengths and address challenges. At the UCSFwide level, we look for trends and patterns in engagement and satisfaction that help us understand how staff feel about their work so that we can identify opportunities for improvement across our institution.

As we reported last year, the 2018 staff survey showed us that overall engagement is holding steady across UCSF. However, we also found notable differences between UCSF staff in manager vs. non-manager roles, in team size, across racial/ethnic groups, and between staff who are represented by a union and policy-covered staff.

Since then, we have taken several steps to address these findings:

  • All UCSF staff employees were encouraged to attend one of two UCSF Engagement Town Halls to review findings, hear about successful activities underway that support engagement, and gather input for our institution-wide action plan;
  • UCSF leadership engaged Gallup to conduct focus groups to better understand the concerns of our diverse staff groups;
  • Feedback from these sessions informed development of a UCSF engagement action...
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April 11, 2019
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Yesterday, we were challenged with the third labor action in six months. The disruptions caused by these strikes are significant and affect the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, trainees, students, visitors, and especially our patients.

Together, the striking units represented approximately 7400 employees across UCSF, including UCSF Health hospitals and campus, as well as employees at UCSF’s partner Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG).

Once more, UCSF Health rescheduled hundreds of patient appointments, including selected surgeries. For those patients who remained in our hospitals or received outpatient services, it continues to be disconcerting that they are forced to reschedule appointments or maneuver through picket lines in order to receive the excellent care that our clinicians and staff provide.

As before, we extend our gratitude to each of you who came to work and to every person who planned and helped UCSF through this trying time. We are appreciative of the volunteers and replacement workers who enabled UCSF to continue providing services and the professionalism of those who chose to participate in the labor action.

No matter your individual opinion about strikes, everyone in the UCSF family is bonded by our UCSF PRIDE Values: professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence and our shared mission of advancing health worldwide.

The work involved in ensuring the safety and security of the entire UCSF community, especially over repeated labor actions, can create very real tensions among colleagues. As we come together today and beyond in fulfillment of UCSF's...

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April 1, 2019
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community, 

We have received a strike notice from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union for its Service and Patient Care Technical Units (SX and EX).

The University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union announced that its three units will strike in sympathy; this includes the Health Care Professionals, Research Support Professionals, and Technical Units (HX, RX, and TX).

The labor action will begin Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. and end at 11:59 p.m. You can find updates on the In the Know website throughout the strike. 

As we have stated in advance of previous strikes, we respect our employees’ rights to representation and freedom of speech. That said, striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care. 

Labor actions make a significant impact on the lives of our patients and their families. During last month’s strike, more than 800 appointments, including cancer infusion treatments, were rescheduled. Selected surgeries also were rescheduled. In addition, strikes create very real tensions among colleagues.

Once again, we expect disruptions to services across UCSF, including UCSF Health and the UCSF Dental Center, as well as those performed by UCSF employees at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. 

As always, our top priorities are the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, learners, patients, and visitors. To support our work and minimize the impact of the strike, we have refined contingency plans based on our recent experience. The UC Office of the President is...

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March 11, 2019
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We have received a strike notice from the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union for its Research Support Professionals and Technical Units (RX and TX). 

These unions also have announced that they will strike in sympathy:

  • University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union for its Health Care Professionals Unit (HX)
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union for its Service and Patient Care Technical Units (SX and EX)

The labor action will begin Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:00 a.m. and end on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 3:59 a.m. You can find strike updates on UCSF.edu throughout the strike.

As we have stated in advance of previous strikes, we respect our employees’ rights to representation and freedom of speech. That said, striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care.

Labor actions make a significant impact on the lives of our patients and their families. During the two strikes in 2018, thousands of patient appointments were cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled. Some of our patients had to see other providers for their care. In addition, strikes create very real tensions among colleagues.

Once again, we expect disruptions to services across UCSF, particularly at UCSF Health and the UCSF Dental Center, as well as those performed by UCSF employees at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

As always, our top priorities are the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, learners,...

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January 11, 2019
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

 

As you know, since December 22, 2018, the federal government has been on partial shutdown. We know that many of you may be affected in some way or know individuals who are experiencing a direct impact, and it is our hope that our elected officials will soon come to a resolution so that the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are on furlough will receive their salaries.

 

At this time, we are aware of limited to minimal disruption across UCSF.

 

Prior to the shutdown, Congress passed – and the President signed into law – two appropriations bills that funded 75 percent of the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Defense Department, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, through September 30, 2019. ...

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November 21, 2018
Administrative
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

After almost two weeks of extremely poor air quality as a result of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, the rain forecasted to improve air quality throughout the Bay Area has arrived.

Sadly, given climate change, the likelihood is very high that California will continue to face wildfires of similar magnitude. My leadership team will use this opportunity to review our response, with the goal of improving how we manage events like this in the future.

Firefighters, first responders, and volunteers involved in the wildfires in Northern and Southern California have exhibited immense heroism, strength, and compassion. I know that you join me in deep gratitude for their unselfish sacrifice and hope that they soon get the relief they need.

Our hearts go out to those whose loved ones have died or are among the missing, as well as to the tens of thousands displaced from their homes. Long after the last ember is extinguished, their needs will continue to be great. It will take months, if not years, to transform neighborhoods from the blackened and smoldering landscape to communities where residents can recover and rebuild.

I appreciate that many of you who are able will volunteer your time and expertise to assist the scores of people who need help. Donations to agencies such as the American Red Cross or the ...

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November 15, 2018
Administrative
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As you know, much of our state has been severely affected by the historic wildfires that continue to rage in several areas. The toll on families and friends who lost loved ones, their homes, and businesses is heartbreaking.

It is clearly evident that our region has been impacted by unprecedented poor air quality for the past week. We know that concerns about air quality have led many university and school officials in our region to decide to cancel classes and close their doors tomorrow as a means of minimizing student exposures to outdoor air.

After consultation with my leadership team and close review of regional outdoor air data, UCSF will remain open tomorrow. As a health sciences and graduate-level university, this institution is dedicated to a mission of serving our patients and advancing health through discovery and education. This mission is perhaps most important during times of regional health crises.

We know based on scientific evidence and guidance from government health agencies that the best place to be when pollutants fill the air is inside buildings with filtered air systems. The agencies’ advice is to limit outdoor exposure.

Since the fires began in Butte County last Thursday, we have carefully monitored the air quality in the Bay Area and at our campus locations. We continue to make our supply of N95 respirators available upon request to our most vulnerable patients and our employees who must work outdoors. We have also taken extra steps to ensure the air filtration systems in our buildings are working as effectively as possible.

For those of you who may find it difficult to come to work due to school...

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November 13, 2018
Administrative
Community

Dear Colleagues:

We write today to thank you for your hard work throughout the year and to invite you to attend a staff appreciation holiday breakfast on one of the dates listed below*. These events provide us and other university leaders an opportunity to thank you in person for your contributions.

 

December 6

Mount Zion

Mount Zion Café

8:00– 10:00 a.m.

December 7

Parnassus

Moffitt Café

6:30 – 10:30 a.m.

December 10

Mission Bay Hospitals

William and Susan Oberndorf Auditorium

6:30 – 10:00 a.m.

December 13

Mission Bay

Genentech Hall Atrium

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

*Please bring UCSF photo identification.

 

If you are unable to attend a breakfast in December, additional staff appreciation events are scheduled at different campus locations for 2019.

It has been an exciting year for UCSF with the launch of the...

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November 2, 2018
Administrative
Community
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to notify the UCSF Community about Assembly Bill 21 (2017) (AB 21): Access to Higher Education for Every Student and the procedure in regard to possible immigration enforcement at UCSF locations. While AB 21 is fairly recent, it has long been a goal at UCSF to foster a university environment that is safe and welcoming for all members of our community regardless of immigration status.

For a fuller explanation of UC’s current policies and procedures relating to undocumented members of our community, please see UC’s Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community and Frequently Asked Questions for University Employees about Possible Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions on University Property as well as UCSF Undocumented Student Support Services. For up-to-date information, please visit the UC Office of the President online.

It is important to note that federal immigration agencies can and do enter campuses for non-enforcement activities, which can include recruitment and activities related to normal immigration visa processing. The procedure and information below relate only to immigration enforcement activities.

  1. Notify the Office of Legal Affairs as soon as possible if you are advised that an immigration officer is expected to enter, will...
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October 18, 2018
Administrative

Dear Colleagues:

Over the next few weeks, University of California faculty, staff, and students will join millions of Americans across the country and fulfill their civic duty by casting their ballots for or against a wide range of issues and individuals seeking public office. I encourage all of you to participate in the electoral process. It is a privilege and a right that serves as the foundation for the laws that govern our nation.

I also want to remind the campus community that there are legal restrictions on University of California involvement in political campaign activities based on the status of the University as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and as a state entity. The University may not endorse, oppose, or contribute to political candidates, nor may University resources (including University-paid time or equipment) be used for campaign purposes in connection with ballot propositions.

I want to emphasize that the University does not restrict any member of the University community – student, academic appointee, staff employee – from exercising his or her right to engage in personal political activity. However, no member of the University community may use University facilities or resources (including time on the job) for political purposes, except as specifically permitted by University regulations. In addition, care should be taken to avoid creating any misperception of University endorsement of a particular political position. I encourage you to review the University guidelines regarding the restrictions that apply to University of California...

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