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For the Week of November 01, 2010

Both UC and Cal State University students face another round of fee hikes next month, according to the Los Angeles Times, which says it is “likely” that UC will “propose a fall fee increase for undergraduates of 7% to 10%” at the November regents’ meeting.
Meanwhile, the Cal State university system and UAW Local 4123, representing academic student employees, reached a tentative agreement after more than two years of bargaining.

Students are struggling with huge increases and employees are facing stagnant pay, benefits hikes, and pension cutbacks – but 288 top UC employees got pay increases of over $100,000 in 2009, according to the Orange County Register. More than 3,840 made more than $200,000 last year, an increase of 190 over 2008. Total pay from state funds pay decreased by 3 percent, through salary cuts, layoffs and furloughs, while total pay from med centers grew 8 percent and from federal funding, 4 percent.

A UCSF IT employee was sentenced to a year in prison for using the personal information of UC employees in an identity theft scheme to collect incentive vouchers from Staywell Health Management. Cam Giang used his access to personal information to submit over 380 surveys in the names of other employees, and collect the associated $100 incentive payment. UPTE has not agreed to allow represented researchers, techs and health care professionals to participate in Staywell due to concerns that include confidentiality of information.

Workers represented by CWA at the Berkeley’s KPFA Radio are asking listeners to join an informational picket at noon on Thursday to spread the word about threats to staffing and programming. Management is proposing massive layoffs that could severely affect signature programs at the nation’s oldest listener-sponsored radio station. Both the San Francisco and Alameda labor councils have endorsed their fight.

Are you a hard-working public employee who’s tired of being scapegoated by candidates as the cause of California’s ills? REMEMBER TO VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2! Vote as if California’s future depended on your vote – it does. For recommendations, see the California Labor Federation’s endorsements page.  While you’re standing in line at the polling place, read the Labor Notes article analyzing the attacks on public workers. If you don’t have time outside of work to vote, UPTE contracts and UC policy give you two hours paid time off to do so at the beginning or end of your work day. _____________________________________________________________________________________

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