Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of July 09, 2012
California governor Jerry Brown signed a budget agreement last week that includes increases for the UC and CSU system, but only if a November ballot initiative to raise income taxes on the wealthy and a ¼ cent sales tax passes. The budget contains the potential for deep cuts if the state’s citizens don’t pass the Protect our Public Schools and Safety Initiative.

While the Los Angeles Times say the bet is a “risky” one, student leaders praised the budget which could freeze tuition at public universities, and according to the Sacramento Bee, giving California students a much needed break in costs. If the initiative does not pass, UCLA history professor Michael Meranze predicts the budget will bring severe problems to California’s public education infrastructure.

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After the uproar raised by a Daily Californian editorial – "UC Berkeley: home of the Free Speech Movement, the Campanile, elite academics and athletics – and an armored vehicle?" – three East Bay police departments – at UC Berkeley, the city of Berkeley, and Albany – have dropped plans "to buy an armored vehicle that University of California police would have owned," reports the San Jose Mercury News. For further information, see CBS Channel 5 News.

Without admitting wrongdoing, UC settled a suit by independent photojournalist David Morse, who was arrested while covering a 2009 protest at Chancellor Birgeneau's residence, and "agreed to train police its officers better on how to deal with journalists." Reports available by Bay Area News Group and Indybay.

The union representing over 9,000 college faculty, librarians and other professionals at New Jersey’s nine public colleges reached a tentative agreement with management last week, and successfully fought off a half dozen attempted takebacks and provides moderate raises.

Adjunct faculty at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh are organizing for better wages, health care coverage and job security, writes the New York Times. Of the one hundred and thirty adjunct professors in the liberal arts college at Duquesne, a majority have signed cards asking that their union be recognized. They are now voting on the matter, after the National Labor Relations Board rejected management’s claim that as a religious institution, it didn’t have to comply with federal law.

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