For the week of May 1, 2017
Happy May Day, celebrated around the world as international workers' day. Thousands of demonstrations are taking place today. The Los Angeles Times reports that dockworkers plan to shut down several west coast ports in a protest against the Trump administration's anti-immigrant moves. The California Federation of Labor has a handy list of May Day rallies.

May Day


In a stunning
report, California's auditor ripped UC management last week for keeping a $175 million secret slush fund while still demanding more money from the state, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. As the paper explained, under President Janet Napolitano, the Chronicle writes, the system "amassed ... [the] funds in part by overestimating "how much it needed to run the 10-campus university system – and then spending less than budgeted."

The auditor said the findings were "very troubling," and bring into question whether UC needs its planned tuition hikes, according to the Sacramento Bee.The state auditor also found UCOP's executive and administrative salaries to be "significantly higher" than those of comparable state employees, writes the Daily Californian.


The San Jose Mercury reports that Napolitano is "bracing for a showdown" with the Legislature over the slush fund, and its editorial board called the situation a "cover up."

"Something has gone horribly wrong at the highest reaches" of UC, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune's editorial board. The Los Angeles Times was kinder to UC's management, saying the audit merely raised questions.

Two days after the reports' release, reports the Orange County Breeze, Assemblymember Travis Allen introduced a resolution to reverse UC's tuition increases.

KQED's Forum is discussing the audit today with California Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, San Francisco Chronicle political reporter Melody Gutierrez, and a spokesperson from UCOP.

Unionized graduate students at Yale are on a hunger strike to call attention to stalled contract negotiations with management, reports the New Haven Register.

Nearly half of the Democrats in the US Senate have signed onto a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour (up from the current $7.25) and index it to inflation, reports the Washington Post. The Economic Policy Institute says that would lift incomes for 41 million Americans.


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