Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of February 29, 2016
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UC’s new two-tier plan for our retirement will lead to the university’s decline, writes one UCB faculty member in the Sacramento Bee. UPTE-CWA and other unions, as well as staff groups and faculty associations, have come out against the plan. Read more in the latest UPTE Update, just off the press.

The increasing public-private divide among universities is addressed by UCSB faculty member Chris Newfield on his blog, Remaking the University. He also reports the sharp outcry at UC Berkeley over pending reorganization, which threatens layoffs for both staff and faculty.

Among the first cuts proposed is dissolving UCB’s College of Chemistry, reports the Daily Californian, a move that has garnered wide opposition on a petition, so far signed by over 3,000 people.

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The California Public Employment Relations Board has issued complaints in two unfair labor charges filed by AFSCME against UC over issues related to subcontracting. One complaint issued in January concerned contract workers at UCSF who were blacklisted and subsequently fired for organizing. The second complaint was over multiple contractors hired to perform the work usually done by directly employed UC workers.

A system hack at UC Berkeley has resulted in tens of thousands of staff and student IDs put at risk. The attack happened in December, but the campus didn’t make it public or notify those affected until February, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Supporters of the Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) presidential campaign are heading into Super Tuesday this week, renewing their promise to get young people, union members, and progressives to the polls. The latest RealClearPolitics aggregate national polling puts Sanders only about 7 points behind Hillary Clinton nationwide.


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