| For the Week of May 21, 2012
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that UC students protested the possibility of another tuition increase by creatively disrupting last Wednesday’s regents meeting in Sacramento. Eighteen of the students protesting were dressed in orange jumpsuits and posing as a chain gang, according to the Sacramento Bee. They wanted to impress upon regents that each increase means more students are “sentenced” to a lifetime
“Degrees of Debt” was the title of an in-depth article on this topic in the New York Times earlier this month. The Times published readers’ responses last week.
The Los Angeles Times reports that California Senator Michael Rubio (D-Shafter) has proposed a measure to limit out-of-state enrollment at UC campuses to just 10%. The measure is sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299, which represents 17,000 UC service workers. It’s members include UC Berkeley custodian Maricruz Manzanarez. "If UC has its way, my kids will be competing with kids from other states to get a chance," Manzanarez said in a statement. "Those out-of-state kids aren't smarter than mine, just richer."
Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) issued a press release last week about the failure of California State University system officials to “fully disclose the compensation of several of their top executives,” according to the Palo Alto Patch. After reading the article, the Patch invites your vote about CSU pay disclosures on its online poll.
The California Labor Federation is calling for a review of all tax breaks for corporations in California. They say in light of “yet another round of painful cuts to workers, seniors, low-income families and those with disabilities,” corporations should pay their fair share.
A new, decade-long study of California workplaces that are subject to random safety inspections found that injury claims were reduced by 9.4 percent compared to those not inspected, with “no negative impact” on profits. That’s according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, which noted that these businesses also saved an average of 26% on workers’ compensation costs. The study, which challenges the notion of "job-killing regulations,” was published online in Science.
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