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For the Week of February 07, 2011
The student newspaper at UC Davis, the Aggie, reports that UC is now being audited by California's Bureau of State Audits, after the bureau approved Sen. Leland Yee's (D-San Francisco) audit request this month. Under the microscope will be executive compensation, and the lower wages of many frontline employees. The process is expected to take two months.
“A national campaign is now fully launched to make local public-sector employees pick up a major share of the costs of economic crisis,” write US economists Richard and Max Fraad Wolff in the UK-based Guardian, in an article titled The Consequences of our Tax Cowardace. “If we permit public-sector workers to be scapegoated for state and city budget crises, we all stand to lose.”
Meanwhile, this Reuters article, which includes a terrific photo of UC Berkeley students making their voices heard on budget cuts, charts some of the spent down “rainy day” funds around the nation.
Listeners and staff at Berkeley’s historic KPFA radio continue in their fight against financial mismanagement and staff layoffs. This Tuesday (2/8) the Berkeley city council will discuss a resolution on the matter; management previously refused the city’s offer to help mediate the conflict. On Saturday (2/12), listeners have announced a public event to help save the station. KPFA is one of the few media outlets to offer regular, in-depth coverage of UC employees’ issues as part of its extensive news, labor and public affairs programming.
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