June 26, 2015

Transportation issues

Fellow members of the USC Staff,

The Staff Assembly exists to promote the growth and welfare of all USC employees, and to ensure that the concerns of staff are heard and brought to the attention of USC’s Administration. The necessity to do just that arose last week.

On Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17, Transportation Services sent two emails to the USC community: the first was targeted to Rideshare transit program participants regarding the elimination of the $30 monthly subsidy/voucher programs, and the second was sent to all staff regarding permit fee increases. Since then, I’ve received many responses from staff who were concerned about the announcements.

On Thursday, June 18, the Staff Assembly Executive Committee met and discussed the changes announced by USC Transportation at length. Later that same afternoon, I met with USC Administration to discuss the changes, how they are impacting staff, and the responses I’ve received.

Based on that conversation, I’ve developed a deeper understanding of how these decisions were made. In short, they were made to help ensure that USC Transportation is able to generate enough revenue to cover the cost of the services it provides to the university community, and to allow the university to keep funds available for future investment in strategic initiatives, including retaining and hiring staff and faculty.

While I understand that many of you are disappointed by the changes being implemented, I hope you know that Staff Assembly will continue to represent all staff at USC and make sure that your collective concerns are clearly voiced, and in a timely manner. Please let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

David Donovan
President, USC Staff Assembly
staff.assembly@usc.edu