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For the Week of April 24, 2017
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Scientists and researchers, many from higher education workplaces, took to the streets on Saturday for an historic March for Science. UPTE members marched with their colleagues across the state (see photos here), as the Trump administration tries to slash science and research funding and undercut global action on climate change. The Washington Post, the Mercury News, Los Angeles Magazine, Sacramento Bee, and CNN, were among those reporting on the event.
March for Science
UCSF, UCB, and LBNL members at the March of Science in San Francisco
Check out the week of actions following the March for Science. Actions continue next weekend with the People’s Climate Mobilization on Saturday, April 29, in Washington DC and at hundreds of locations worldwide, while May 1, International Workers Day, will bring hundreds of immigrants rights’ demonstrations.

Back at UC, it was supposed to save money, but it’s already more than four years behind schedule and has run up three times its original budget of $156 million. UC’s plan to centralize the payroll and personnel systems for its 200,000 employees into one massive UC-wide system – what it’s calling UCPath, for payroll, academic personnel, timekeeping and human resources – has been delayed again, reports the Sacramento Bee.

UC says it has exposed a scheme that used student health records to forge prescriptions that were then paid for by the UC health plan. The scheme targeted hundreds of students through social media and induced them to divulge health insurance information. UC estimates it cost the system $12 million.

New Yorkers continue to debate the state’s new free tuition plan, passed earlier this month, reports Inside Higher Ed. UPTE is working with other California higher education unions in the Reclaim Higher Education coalition to make publicly funded, high quality education available to all Californians through a plan called the $48 Fix. You can download the plan here, or read a synopsis on page 1 of April’s UPTE Update newsletter.
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