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For the Week of December 13, 2010

UC Regents are holding a special meeting today to consider pension changes and recommendations of the Commission on the Future, which issued its final report last week. UCSB Prof. Chris Newfield thinks "the Commission has in effect supported a funding system in which an ever-increasing share of a given family's education dollars are handed over to the financial sector, leaving graduates and universities poorer." A live webcast of the meeting can be seen here.

While UC Provost Lawrence Pitts claims that "soaring pension, salary and instructional programs . . . would cost an additional $5 billion over the next decade," AFSCME calls UC's pension choices "all tricks and no treats." UPTE's analysis can be seen here. You can take action by going to regents' meetings or by writing through UPTE's website.

UPTE and other UC unions protested UC pension proposals at 9 campuses last week. Here’s a sample of what happened at UCSC.

Several executives received increases of $30,000 or more, while UC created a new “Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer” position at UCSF for $230,000. To read more on this story, see UPTE’s newest Update newsletter, hot-off-the-presses here.

Workers at the historic KPFA radio in Berkeley, who are represented by CWA, won a strong resolution from the City of Berkeley’s labor commission last week, demanding that the network’s management “negotiate in good faith.” This week, both the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Berkeley City Council will debate resolutions in support of the station’s workers. _____________________________________________________________________________________

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