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For the Week of July 11, 2011

While the Sacramento Bee put a good face on disappearing university degrees because of budget cuts, students and parents at CSU and UC are expressing increasing frustration about tuition increases.

On Thursday, CSU’s board of trustees voted on a 12% tuition increase this fall, and UC regents will consider a 9.6% hike this coming Thursday. As student tuition surpasses state finances at UC for the first time this fall, one national educator laments, “What we are seeing [in California] is the abandonment of the state’s commitment to make California’s education available to all its citizens.”

According to the San Jose Mercury News, UC is taking “desperate measures” to cope with state budget cuts, “such as increasing the payout from endowments and drawing down from an employee-retiree health care reserve.”

Budget cuts are not the only bills moving through the California legislature. On June 13, seven UPTE members from six campuses visited the offices of three state senators and 20 Assembly members to discuss a range of issues, including bills that will strengthen public employee unions.

Congratulations are apparently in order for American CEOs, who saw their average compensation for 2010 rise a whopping 23% from the previous year. Meanwhile, the average worker saw their pay increase only 0.5% during that same period, and after inflation, actually made less.

UK pension strike A citizens’ veto of Ohio’s Republican governor John Kasich’s bill (S.B. 5) that eliminates the collective bargaining rights of more than 350,000 public employees in that state moved a step closer last week. Activists turned in 1.3 million signatures to put the bill’s repeal on the November ballot.

Over half a million public sector workers in Britain went on a one-day strike to protest pension cuts and increases to the retirement age proposed by the government.
The strikers included school teachers, university employees and other government workers. While critics claim public worker pensions are excessive, studies show the actual median public employee pension is only about $8,500 a year.

If you’d like a humorous refresher on how unions have benefited US workers, take a look at this short video.

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