Monday, August 4, 2014

I see the cost of pride in belonging to the ACS is likely going up

Also in this week's C&EN, a little tidbit in the ACS Dallas official reports (emphasis mine):
In other actions, the committee elected Joseph Heppert as vice chair and voted to recommend to the ACS Council that dues for 2015 be set at the fully escalated dues rate of $158, an increase of $4.00 versus the 2014 dues rate. 
That's a 2.5% increase, which is slightly higher than the 2.0% increase in inflation expected for 2014. I wonder if the Budget and Finance Committee is cognizant that their own society's Salary Survey indicates that median salaries were reported to be flat this last year? 

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  1. You can be comfortable in knowing that the ACS' leadership salaries are doing well...

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  2. Its OK, some of us are unemployed and don't have to pay!........oh, actually that still sucks

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    1. I would say that doubly sucks.

      I hope you find something soon.

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  3. I have not given the ACS a nickel for three years. And I have an employer who is willing to cover the cost! I'll consider supporting them as soon as they stop their cheerleading for outsourcing, unlimited student visas and H1b visas. It would be nice if they actually supported the careers of folks who actually live and work in this country as opposed to bowing down to thier corporate masters and the unlrenting assault on middle class wages. /end of soapbox rant

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    1. The following is an observation, and not a rant. :-) On the left-hand side of p 36 in C & E News (July 28) is advertisement from Donna J Nelson for 2016 ACS President. Her priorities include to "stand strong for the chemical industry" and "chemical education and research". I don't care that if she also mentions "jobs and careers" but this is too weak for me to in any way endorse someone having the stated priorities. Let's hope that her competition is less kiss-assy

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    2. Back with another assessment of the ACS presidential candidates:
      Yesterday, I noted the election platform of Donna Nelson. Today, in continuing to go through my backlog of unread C&E News issues, I note on p 15 of the July 14 issue the statement of Peter Dorhout. He lists three priorities, the first of which is “focused on careers in chemistry” The second is “access to higher education” (uh-oh) and the third is “member needs and benefits”. The second priority leaves me a little worried, as it sounds like he is catering to university professors who are concerned about the viability of their supply of cheap, semi-skilled labor. But the other two sentences do not sound too bad.

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    3. Hey! how about that ? I am coming up on three consecutive years of denying the ACS membership dues myself.



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  4. CJ, I got the same "exclusive" online member's survey you did. All this fluff about being a valued member and such. I let my membership lapse almost 2 years ago. I filled out the survey anyways and let them know exactly how bad of a job I think they're doing, and this was before I knew they were planning on raising dues.

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    1. Haha, I stopped my ACS membership several years back myself and I, too, still get letters and emails as a "valued member" and asked to take surveys. Not only are they a useless professional society, their quality control system seems to be broken, too.

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  5. thats another 4 dollars i've saved myself

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