Report on Female Staff Discrimination at Columbia University, February 1971, page 16

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Prior to June, 1970, the administrative structure in— jJ{T


1 eluded three appointments. Trustees_r?residential; Secretarial, .%
and the non-appointive position of Supporting Staff. The True-pJ9:A1
tees appointment includes senior officers of instruction and y if
V-research and senior administrators." The Presidential appointqiegsr
ment was made up of the_junior officers of instruction and ad-0
ministration, and other officers of research. The Secretariall_L7'"
category included academic assistants and junior administrative Q‘
officers. The Supporting dtaff were secretarial. clerical.’ M
technical. maintenance and service staff. I M
thin July-1970 the structure use changed to the broad grupa
of Officers and Supporting Staff.‘ The Secretarial appointment fol
has been eliminated for new employees. Many people were eligi-
ble for the TIAA and CREF retirement plan through this apoint-Lv
y‘__ lent. Nu as a member of the Supporting Staff. the benefits
ifl through the non—contributory plan are inadequate in comparison. C_4
Furthermore. the University only contributes l%% on a Support- 0
in; Staff salary.of $7800 or less. with the same salary on a

Secretarial appointment, Columbia's contribution would be 10%.


Another advantage of the Secretarial appointment was that
after three years employment a person became eligible-for pro— f_%Jpl
‘motion to the Presidential category. Here the primary advanq 0 "ll.
tags is the college tuition grants for children of persons hold-
ing this rank. Now a supporting staff member can only obtainv
the Presidential appointment by earning $10,000. For a man
this is far simpler than for a woman. It means she must be

‘employed by one of the larger departments, and have worked