Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of May 07, 2012

May Day Action, HX Workers at UCLA Medical Center.
May Day Action, HX Workers at UCLA Medical Center. Photo by Aaron Rosenfield.

Starting in July 2013, UC Riverside will be the location of a new UC shared services center to consolidate many finance, HR, IT, and research support functions across the UC system. Management says the center will “require fewer positions” than now exist, and that "UC is looking to minimize involuntary layoffs through attrition, re-training and re-alignment of responsibilities. Affected employees will have the option of applying for jobs at the UCPath Center" and to consider new "opportunities that may emerge." UC Berkeley is establishing a separate organization to consolidate services.

UC Berkeley administrators are surveying students, faculty and staff about campus’ multi-faceted and world-renowned library system, in preparation for a reorganization which could close entire libraries and dramatically cut services. Over the last year, Berkeley’s students, staff and faculty have responded to library service changes with a series of protests and occupations.

Last Tuesday, UPTE and other union members were joined by students for May 1 actions at UC Berkeley and UC Office of the President to support UC workers and "their struggle for better contracts.”

Students at Cal State San Bernardino and students from other CSUs launched a hunger strike last week to demand tuition reductions, pay freezes, and other reforms in the face of a $750 million state funding cut this year and possibly $200 million more next year.

CSU faculty have voted to authorize a strike for next fall. With 24,000 represented employees, a strike by the California Faculty Association "would be the largest among faculty in the history of the United States."

Trustees for the California State University system say they’re “not tone deaf” and acknowledge that they can’t continue increasing top administrators’ salaries while jacking up tuitions, cutting financial aid, eliminating courses, and restricting enrollments. On Tuesday, trustees will consider rescinding a policy that allows them to boost incoming executives’ pay by up to 10%. A San Francisco Chronicle editorial said “this new pay policy truly represents the least they can do.”

The destruction of California’s public higher education system is prompting more college-bound high school graduates to head for out-of-state universities. The Sacramento Bee reports big jumps in California education expatriates, a trend that analysts say will threaten California’s long-term future.

UC’s Office of the President issued a draft report on “best practices” in response to campus protests and is accepting comments until May 25. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the report's authors "concluded that UC police are too quick to quash demonstrations rather than allow them to play out." _____________________________________________________________________________________

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