For the Week of April 08, 2013
State Senator Leland Yee (D-SF) and San Francisco supervisors John Avalos and Eric Mar joined the demonstration, which focused on recent layoffs at UCSF in the wake of a whistleblower report which documents dangerous cuts to patient care.
A report on the Pacifica Evening News focused on the issues behind the actions, especially UC management’s proposals for a two-tier retirement system (advance 47 minutes into the newscast to hear the story). That change could cost UC workers up to $1 billion more than necessary, according to a recent actuarial report.
Coverage of the UCSF protest also ran in the Daily Cal, the San Francisco Examiner and KQED radio, the online journal Calitics and the China Press. A rally at UC Santa Cruz drew a large crowd and a write-up in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Other actions around the state included a tug of war between first- and second-class workers at UC Berkeley, numerous picket lines, and an informational picnic.
The “day of action for respect and dignity” took place on April 4 as part of a nationwide commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work for economic justice, marked each year on the anniversary of his assassination. Find photos and videos of all the events on UPTE’s Facebook page.
In other news, after a three-day strike, workers at the University of Illinois have won four years of guaranteed wage increases.
On April 8, dock workers at the world's third largest port in Hong Kong entered their 12th day of a strike for a 20 percent pay increase and better working conditions, which is attracting increasing support. The UC connection to the strike is billionaire port operator and UC Berkeley medalist Li Ka-shing, whose $40 million contribution to UC Berkeley in 2005 paved the way for development and building of the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences.
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