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December 16, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, December 16, 2005

Digest Digest (December 16, 2005)

Stanford Management Co. CEO to resign

Mike McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of the Stanford Management Co., which manages the university's non-campus lands, will leave the university next year to form an investment company, the university has announced.

Stanford's non-campus lands include the Stanford Shopping Center and the Stanford Research Park. Income from those properties gives the university substantial long-term profits.

"Mike McCaffrey has been a leader in endowment investing and has provided stellar results for Stanford, as well as being a great friend of the university," Ward Woods, a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees, said.

A search will begin immediately for his successor.

The Stanford Management Co. oversees $14.5 billion of endowment and trust assets.

No progress reported in union talks

Stanford University and union negotiators met Tuesday to resume talks about retirement benefits under the existing labor contract, but no progress was reported by either side.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 715, called a one-day strike of both its university and hospital workers on Monday. The SEIU hospital contract has lapsed.

A federal mediator participated in Tuesday's talks, said Zev Kvitky, spokesman for the university workers.

"We agreed to new negotiating sessions after the new year," Kvitky said. "We are hoping to continue in good faith negotiations with Stanford."

"We are committed to the negotiation process," Alan Acosta, university spokesman, said. "We're optimistic we can work out the issues on the table."

SEIU represents about 1,300 university workers and about 1,400 workers at Stanford and Lucile Packard Children's hospitals.

On Monday morning, 301 of 511 SEIU workers scheduled to work at the two hospitals showed up for work, a number that SEIU disputes. That meant that 58.9 percent of the workers on the morning shift crossed picket lines. The number of university workers crossing picket lines was much lower. The university didn't have exact figures, but Acosta said that only 10 percent of SEIU workers were on the job Monday.

That includes all university departments and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

-- Don Kazak

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