Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of September 24, 2012

According to a Los Angeles Times blog, UC has launched a website in support of Prop. 30 that seeks to use social media to “spread the word quickly about important issues.” Proposition 30 would tax Californians making more than $250,000 and add a temporary ¼ cent sales tax, generating an estimated $7 billion for public education and public safety. Prop. 30 is also widely supported by labor unions, community organizations and teachers associations. (See UPTE’s Proposition 30 Fact Sheet.)

Another proposition on the November ballot, Prop. 32, would prohibit union political contributions and sweep aside the last counterweight to unlimited corporate political spending in California’s electoral system. Have a look at the latest “No on Prop 32” ad to learn who’s behind this deceptive initiative.
Yes on 30!

If you haven’t yet registered to vote – or have moved since you last registered – you still have time. Voter registration closes Oct. 22.  You can now register online with the California Secretary of State’s office.

The UC dean who oversees the Gill Tract in Albany just north of UC Berkeley – site of the “Occupy the Farm” occupation earlier this year – has announced his intention to create a center for food systems, urban agriculture, and urban policy. Meanwhile, the anti-union Whole Foods chain abruptly terminated its agreement for a store at the same location.

The Yolo County district attorney’s office has decided not to press criminal charges against the UC police officers who pepper-sprayed protesters at UC Davis in November 2011. This follows news that the UC regents approved a cash settlement to 21 students and alumni who sued the university over the pepper spray incident last November.   

The California State University trustees last last week voted simultaneously for a tuition increase and a tuition rollback. The increase would be 5%, while the rollback would amount to 9%. Which path is taken depends on the outcome of Prop. 30. Community colleges are struggling to meet increased demand in the face of continued cutbacks.

Unions representing public sector workers in Boston have won a major victory on pensions. In 2010, the city’s mayor instituted deep cuts to firefighter and police pensions, but last week an appellate judge ruled the city's changes were "unconstitutional" and not "reasonable and necessary,” according to
the Baltimore Sun.

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