Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of December 11, 2017
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Union members can find help with the California Federation of Labor and CWA District 9 (UPTE’s regional affiliate) if they’ve been affected by the wildfires raging across the state. Multiple fires in Southern California have affected staff and students at several UC campuses, especially UCLA and UCSB. Check the statewide Google fire map or National Fire Situational Awareness for updates.

The Santa Fe New Mexican is reporting that UC is teaming up with Texas A&M University in a bid to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory, while the Austin American Statesman reports that the University of Texas will also bid.

The Republican tax reform is going to have a huge and damaging impact on the affordability of graduate student education. Last week, grad students were arrested after sitting in at House majority leader Paul Ryan’s office in Washington.

Union actions continue against the tax bill, which has been called the biggest giveaway to the rich everIf passed, the GOP tax bill would result in immediate cuts of over $100 billion in health and human services, including $25 billion per year to Medicare. Give a couple hours tomorrow to fight for our future, go to an event near you.

CWA is calling the authors’ bluff by demanding that every worker get a $4,000 raise if the bill passes (tax cuts end up the pockets of employers, not employees). If you’d haven’t yet called your legislators, you can do so toll-free via the number on this CWA flyer.

How does an employer influence a union drive? In the case of a union campaign by Harvard graduate students, the university is “pushing the government to weaken important protections for workers across the United States,” according to this opinion piece in the New York Times.

Meanwhile, adjunct faculty at Fordham University, a private university in New York City, have voted overwhelmingly for union representation. Adjunct faculty are lecturers and other part-time faculty who work without tenure, job security, due process, benefits, or retirement benefits.

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