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For the week of March 22, 2010

A 250-mile march for California’s future that began March 5 in Bakersfield is winding its way up the state, stopping in communities to draw attention to the devastating impact of budget cuts on universities, schools, clinics and other vital public services. The marchers are a diverse group of students, educational workers, firefighters, in-home care workers, nurses and others, brought together by the California Federation of Teachers in coalition with dozens of other labor and community organizations. There is a wonderful website where you can follow the marchers’ stories, support them with a donation, or sign up for their newsletter to stay informed.

USA Today recently covered the impact of cuts and consolidations at the UC Davis campus.  But how much of UC’s budget crisis is real and how much is created? That’s a topic that UC-AFT’s Bob Samuel’s addresses in his blog this week, arguing the university has had record revenue last year (a trend expected to continue) even as it raised student fees and instituted staff furloughs.

For those wanting to dig deeper into the numbers, Professor Charles Schwartz has a new report on UC budget transparency posted on his site.

UCLA issued a press release announcing it will challenge $23,900 in fines from Cal/OSHA for a 2007 lab fire that resulted in the death of a researcher. Meanwhile, UC’s apparent difficulty complying with health and safety laws was covered in the national public health blog, The Pump Handle. University lab workers “face unique and potentially dangerous hazards and employers have a duty to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for them,” the author writes, as she takes to task a UCLA vice chancellor who was quoted in the Los Angeles Times last week dodging responsibility.

UPTE-CWA’s 9,000 researchers and techs conducted a ratification vote last week on a tentative contract that included significant pay raises. Check UPTE’s web page for the vote’s results.

With the cost of higher education skyrocketing, remember that if you are an UPTE-CWA member you can apply online for the annual CWA scholarship program, which provides renewable grants of up to $3,000 toward college costs for members, children, grandchildren and other eligible family members. The deadline to apply is March 31.

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