Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of June 24, 2013

Staff from across the UC system are gearing up for a statewide day of action next Monday, July 1 for fair pay and retirement security.  That’s the day UC management unilaterally imposes its two-tier retirement system on employees who do not have the protection of a union contract, and also the day that the contract expires for UPTE-represented researchers and techs at the university.

The 44,000-strong Union Coalition has not agreed to UC’s plans to reverse decades of progress by turning back the clock on employee benefits.  Check out the list of events and make a commitment to join your local rally. You can read more about UPTE’s proposals for retirement and pay in the latest UPTE Update.
A landmark ruling was handed down from the Supreme Court today on affirmative action in higher education, but the decision won’t affect UC, since affirmative action ended in California in 1996 with Proposition 209. National Public Radio tells the story of how one UC campus has been affected, and the San Jose Mercury offers an overview as well.

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