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For the week of February 01, 2010

After last week’s news that UC hospital executives were getting another $3.1 million in pay, a UCSD nurse gives the inside scoop on the degradation of care in campus medical facilities, and challenges execs to refuse the regents’ bonus money. 

UC workers went to Sacramento with their unions last Wednesday to talk with legislators about their objections to those executive bonuses.

One UC regent now says the administration was misquoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article that reported UC officials would join students and staff to protest in Sacramento on March 4 for a Day of Action in Defense of Public Education.

Members and supporters of AFSCME, which represents service workers at all the UC campuses, demonstrated at Berkeley last week against contracting out of their jobs driving the busses up the hill from the campus at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fourteen protestors, including one Berkeley city council member, were arrested as part of a civil disobedience action.

Ever wonder how universities like UC got into the business of investing in equities and commodities, instead of education? Take a look at this insightful blog by a UC lecturer on the Huffington Post about how America’s universities became hedge funds.

A thoughtful story from National Public Radio covers the UC educational crisis, including interviewing a student who is so poor she is using a free food program to eat. Here’s the tape and the transcript. UC President Mark Yudof is quoted as saying that “everything is on the table,” including privatization.

This article on the UC student movement charts the fallout from last fall’s protests across the state.

A California Senate committee has again approved two measures to bring greater accountability and transparency to UC that were passed last year but then vetoed by the governor.

California’s governor proposes replacing state worker furloughs with a permanent 5% pay cut this year, as well as increasing employee pension contributions (UC is constitutionally separate, and not under the governor’s control). The state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst issued a report last week supporting the governor. Unions representing state workers, such as the California State Employees Association, are fighting the proposal.

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