Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of November 28, 2016
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About a dozen of the 80 IT workers at UCSF whose jobs are being threatened by contracting out to India have filed complaints with the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

As of January, UCSD is combining some departments and laying off 21 members of the Department of Theater and Dance, KPBS reports. New positions will be paid at a lower pay scale, and none of the current staff is guaranteed the new positions.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that college administrators across the country are urging undocumented students studying abroad to come home before Donald Trump is inaugurated, in case he follows through on his threat to cancel DACA, President Obama’s 2012 executive order protecting them. If it is cancelled, educators fear that undocumented students from UC and CSU studying abroad may not be allowed to re-enter the country.

The CSU statewide chancellor has reaffirmed that his system will not help deport undocumented students.

The future of public education, from kindergarten to university, is under threat from Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, a right-wing billionaire who has worked to undercut public schools as well as unions. Common Dreams calls her “a looming disaster for public schools,” while the Washington Post draws a picture of what could happen to federal education funding under her reign.

The UCLA Faculty Association notes that Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at the white supremacist website, is scheduled to speak at UC Davis on January 13. Yiannopoulos is also scheduled to appear at other UC campuses, including UC Berkeley on February 1.

California’s labor movement is coming together for what may be the biggest Fight For 15 protests yet on Tuesday, November 29. Rallies to raise the minimum wage are planned in over 340 cities nationwide, including major protests at nearly 20 of the nation’s busiest airports, and a wave of civil disobedience at McDonald’s fast food outlets from coast to coast.
Fight for 15
Nationwide rallies this Tuesday to raise the minimum wage -- see list here
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