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For the Week of February 28, 2011
Conservatives are alleging that taxpayers are responsible for public workers’ pensions. In fact, as this Forbes.com blog points out, taxpayers contribute nothing to public worker pensions.
UC Berkeley’s Harley Shaiken highlights the importance of this struggle for unions and workers. Meanwhile, UC regent David Crane has published an op-ed piece arguing against public sector union rights.
Last week, we mentioned Prof. Charlie Schwartz’s report on a $4 billion gap in UC’s budget. His follow-up report resolves the mystery but raises more questions.
Last year’s eight-part series about UC regents’ conflicts of interest recently won a James Madison Award for independent journalist Peter Byrne, and has prompted a petition asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate. Another petition is circulating to “demand that UC drop all charges and pending student conduct proceedings for activist students and workers” who demonstrated last year to save public education.
UCSD is embroiled in another racial controversy, as it was last year. An offensive response to an e-mail to students has prompted worry about student distress over unresolved racial problems.
Wednesday, March 2, is a statewide day of action to defend public education. Rallies are taking place for Berkeley and Oakland schools, and events are scheduled for UC Berkeley as well.
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