Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of April 18, 2016
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The Sacramento Bee has revealed that UC Davis “spent $175,000 trying to erase bad publicity from the Internet” – leading two more state lawmakers to call for Chancellor Linda Katehi’s resignation. Katehi was trying to bury a story about student demonstrators being nuked with pepper spray in 2011, and student are outraged, writes theGuardian. Moreover, experts interviewed by the New York Times say trying to erase history on the net is “laughable.”

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees last week informing them of plans to “eliminate 500 staff jobs over two years [6 percent of the staff workforce] to help balance its budget by 2019–20,” says the San Francisco Chronicle.

Berkeley’s Academic Senate faculty held a special meeting with the chancellor to discuss “efforts by the administration to academically realign the campus by reorganizing certain colleges and staffing structures,” reportsthe Daily Californian, which have “elicited criticism from the campus community, including faculty and students.”

Graduate students at UCLA have begun a petition demanding the dismissal of a UCLA history professor accused of sexually assaulting two students after he was fined and allowed to return to teach, reports the Daily Bruin. UC Berkeley’s provost has resigned in the wake of criticism about sexual harassment at that campus, reports the Los Angeles Times

UC President Janet Napolitano has named 12 people, including faculty members, across nine campuses to a new peer committee to “address sexual harassment and violence, specifically when perpetrated by senior university faculty and staff,” reports the California Aggie.

In one of the biggest such action in years, notes the Nation, 40 thousand Verizon workers on the east coast – most of them represented by UPTE’s national union, the Communications Workers of America ­– went on strike over wages, health benefits and job security.  Find out how to support them here.
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