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For the Week of October 04, 2010

A National Day of Action to Defend Public Education is planned for this Thursday, October 7, and many campus organizations, including UPTE-CWA, have endorsed it. Picketing, noon rallies and other activities are planned at several California colleges and universities, including at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Riverside. Berkeley’s Daily Californian today covered some of the issues and concerns in advance of the big day.

Pensions, lies and videotape: an employee’s guide to UC’s propaganda is an essential review from UCLA lecturer and UC-AFT union prez Bob Samuels about what’s at stake for all UC workers.

UPTE’s 2,000 health care professionals have reached a tentative contract agreement with UC. The union is scheduling a ratification vote for members.

Gov. Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill by Sen. Leland Yee (D-SF) that would have brought transparency to university-related campus foundations. Campus foundations are attached to universities and often have university officials among their directors, but because they are “auxiliary organizations” they have not been subject to public disclosure laws. Sen. Yee identified questionable activities at other California campuses that underscored the need for transparency legislation.

UC is trying to decide what to do with Blake House. It’s a mansion which has been the home of UC presidents since 1968, but current president Yudof doesn’t live there. As reported in previous Monday Memos, UC has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars this year to resettle Yudof and resolve disputes with his former landlord.

UC Berkeley is cutting its Intercollegiate Athletics budget from $12 million to $5 million. Many in the UC community have been demanding that such non-academic program be cut before core scholarly programs.

The Modesto Bee reports that UC Merced’s enrollment grew by 28 percent this year, up to 4,400 students.

Former regent Ward Connerly, who overturned affirmative action policies at UC and then led the campaign to make affirmative action illegal in California, has put a similar ban on the Arizona ballot. Connerly has crusaded against affirmative action in several states across the nation.

The giant One Nation march on Washington drew 175,000 union members and progressives to the National Mall this weekend, as well as to Los Angeles and many other local communities, where thousands more rallied.

UPTE’s annual convention, where the union’s policies are debated for the coming year, is happening October 15-17. A major item of discussion will be organizing among UC’s administrative professionals. Members are encouraged to attend all or part of the proceedings.


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