Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of August 08, 2016
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A new, $9,000 “escape hatch” installed over a weekend at the UC Berkeley chancellor’s office, reported in the Daily Californian “as a security measure against potential protesters,” has prompted criticism of the administration’s secrecy and attempts “to guard itself from criticism.” Campus PR flacks were quick to try to contain the story, but the Daily Cal published an editorial calling the installation of a “back door” in the chancellor’s office “the most recent in a series of increasingly absurd missteps.” The chancellor, Nicolas Dirks, has also come under fire from both faculty and staff for his fiscal policies and inaccessibility.

New scrutiny of suspended UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi’s travel has been reported in Inside Higher Ed and the Sacramento Bee. Newly released documents show she booked international first-class flights, tour guides, and limos at a cost to the university of over $174,000.

UC’s administrative professionals (APs) will meet August 27 in Los Angeles to strategize about their systemwide organizing campaign to win union representation with UPTE-CWA. All APs are welcome. Learn more at the conference website or flyer (which you should feel free to post in your workplace).
8/27 AP Conference

Sujit Choudhry, who stepped down as dean of Berkeley Law in March 2016 after his executive assistant filed suit for sexual harassment, has filed a new grievance with the Academic Senate’s disciplinary committee, reports the Daily Californian, who said “he failed to show that launching a second investigation of his behavior is unjust.

With the November election barreling toward us, activists are taking stock of what the Bernie Sanders campaign meant in The Nation and In These Times. Sanders himself published this op-ed directed straight at Republican nominee Donald Trump last Friday in the Los Angeles Times. And the AFL-CIO, a union confederation representing millions of US workers, is running this ad about Trump on trade.

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