For the Week of December 02, 2013
|UPTE bargaining teams are back at the table with UC this week, after union leaders reported an encouraging high-level meeting with new UC president Janet Napolitano last month, in which she supported the principles of a single-tier pension and fair raises for researchers, techs and health care professionals. Details of the meeting, along with some of the comments employees wrote to Napolitano, appear in the latest UPTE Update.
Pressure on Sacramento to restore funding for severely cut social welfare and education programs is expected to grow, and UC’s president has joined the call to increase funds allocated to the university. But the Sacramento Bee is leading the charge against using public money to pay for UC’s pension liabilities, in an editorial filled with misconceptions. Take a moment to respond with a letter to the editor here.
The Center for Economic Development has issued a report concluding that California is losing its position as a national leader in higher education. The percentage of young adults earning degrees in California is already below the national average, the report found, which called for the state college system to work more closely with for-profit private colleges, employers, and the schools.
While some shopped this past “black Friday” weekend, others stood up for their rights as workers. Fifteen hundred WalMart workers and their supporters picketed coast-to-coast for an end to management retaliation and a living wage. Other people marked the date as “Buy Nothing Day,” a 20-year-long tradition against consumerism that began in Canada.