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For the Week of April 18, 2011

A day of action by students, staff and faculty at the California State University last Thursday resulted in a building occupation at the East Bay campus, writes photojournalist David Bacon (photo at right). There were also actions at nearly a dozen other locations in the system to protest “budget cuts and fee increases for students, and cutbacks on staff and benefits, while administrators' salaries are increased.”

Public employees across the nation have been affected by the right-wing push to cut jobs and pensions – and this Washington Post writer believes the effects are not just economic. Those with children are feeling the pinch even more. The Boston Globe writes that shifting “college costs from states to students carries a big risk for families.”
tax the rich

UCLA Chancellor Gene block takes to task the legislators who benefited from California’s low-cost public higher education and now refuse to let us decide whether others will have that opportunity.

A new voluntary Employee-Initiated Reduction in Time program - ERIT - is UC’s latest effort to cut costs without laying off staff. Staff members will be able to reduce their hours by 5 to 50 percent. 

The University of California granted “an interest-free, $6.9 million loan” from its Short Term Investment Pool to develop its online Instruction Pilot Project, which has been opposed by many faculty and students. Academic Senate approval had been contingent on using external funds.

As some of us scramble to finish tax returns today, take a moment to ask: what share of your household’s income goes to state and local taxes compared to the thousands with incomes of $200,000+ who pay nothing? ____________________________________________________________________________________

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