Monday Memo

Monday Memo: Week of August 21, 2017

UC president Janet Napolitano has issued a statement condemning the violence by racists in Charlottesville and standing in solidarity with the University of Virginia community. In Boston yesterday, over 40,000 anti-hate marchers turned out to stand against a few dozen racist demonstrators, reports The Atlantic.

Berkeley’s new chancellor has announced plans for a “Free Speech Year” at the campus, and a new plan requiring student groups hosting large events to notify the campus in advance. The bay area is bracing for more demonstrations in Berkeley and San Francisco next weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The University of Texas at Austin, Duke University, and Bowdoin College are among the educational institutions removing Confederate monuments, according to Inside Higher Ed. The Southern Poverty Law Center has created a map of such monuments that are publicly supported.

Confederate monuments

A “pathbreaking” study about gender stereotyping in academia by recent UC Berkeley graduate Alice Wu has landed in the New York Times after making the rounds among economics faculty and job seekers. One Berkeley economist said the paper depicts “a cesspool of misogyny.”

Based on a study of UC employees who checked their pay at publicly available sites like this one, a Wall Street Journal article claims that salary transparency leads to worker resentment, dissatisfaction and turnover. Most employers, like those who read the Wall Street Journal, would prefer salaries be kept in the dark, but transparency is required to organize for equal pay.

UC Irvine’s recent over-enrollment flap continues to generate attention. An EdSource analysis looks at it as a symptom of an increase in the numbers of eligible high school students and the inability of the state’s higher education system to keep up with increased demand.

Reps from UPTE’s national union, the Communications Workers of America, took part in grassroots organizing group Netroots Nation last week in Atlanta. The video of a key panel is here.

Labor journalist David Bacon speaks Tuesday, September 12, about his book on California farmworkers, In the Fields of the North, which covers the inherent abuse in the labor contractor work system. The talk is scheduled for 6–7:30 pm, at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way.

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