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For the Week of November 08, 2010

UC administrative professionals (known as “APs”) are being told they will receive no wage increases at all this year. Many union-represented UC employees have negotiated wage increases this year. UPTE’s 2,500 health care professionals just ratified a contract that includes an increase of 4% plus, while the union’s 10,000 researchers and techs signed an agreement for increases of up to 14.5% over three years this spring, plus a $1000 signing bonus, plus $1.7 million in equity increases for specific titles (details, see p. 2 of this Update.). APs are currently organizing for collective bargaining rights with UPTE-CWA.

UC Berkeley has become the nation’s first public university to charge more than $50,000 per year. According to the Chronicle for Higher Education, UC Berkeley is charging out-of-state residents $50,649 for tuition, fees, room, and board. It becomes one of 100 institutions nationwide – all of them private – charging more than $50,000.

The Palm Desert campus of UC Riverside laid off its executive director and five other employees, cutting the graduate center’s budget by 40 percent.

UC online? Not so fast. While UC’s Commission on the Future has been proposing online courses, and last month the state’s independent Legislative Analyst called for a “clearer statewide vision” for online education, UC officials have downplayed plans for online courses. Skepticism about the effectiveness of online classes still remains widespread among UC faculty.

The UC Berkeley Labor Center recently issued an updated, 4th edition of its excellent guide, California Workers’ Rights: A Manual of Job Rights, Protections, and Remedies. The book is a resource for workers, union representatives, leaders, organizers, lawyers, and others who represent workers. The manual provides an overview of workers’ rights, demystifies the law, and empowers workers to speak up for their rights. _____________________________________________________________________________________

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