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Monday Memo: Week of April 02, 2018

Thousands of public school teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked out this morning, reports the New York Times, just weeks after West Virginia teachers won a pay increase after a nine-day strike, notes the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Arizona teachers held a sick-out last week. This chart from Axios shows the erosion of wages in education since 2010.

Pioneering InequalityUC is refusing to provide salary increases or a step structure at the bargaining table with UPTE-represented Counseling Psychologists, so they are going to impasse and will begin mediation. Their salaries are dramatically out of alignment with market norms, as this recent article in the Aggie reports.

1,700 lecturers at the University of Michigan are threatening a two-day strike in April. The union is currently in contract negotiations and is seeking a significant pay increase.

The gulf between UC’s low-wage workers and top administrators is growing, according to Pioneering Inequality, a report from AFSCME 3299. It examines issues of race and gender inequities, contracting out, and UC’s minimum wage policy.

Retiree health care is a substantial part of UC employees’ compensation, but under threat from rising costs. UPTE representative Paul Brooks is part of a working group on retiree health benefits that UC announced recently.

The upswing in education workers organizing is laying the groundwork to resist the effects of an expected anti-union decision from the Supreme Court in the Janus case, according to Labor Notes.

UC’s chief investment officer is planning to move UC investments away from fossil fuel assets and toward real estate, reports Pensions & Investments. The officer manages $118 billion in UC investments, including the $66.6 billion pension fund.

Janet Napolitano, UC’s president, has called for guaranteed admission to the university for all community college students.

Four candidates for California governor debated each other this weekend. The San Diego Union-Tribune published the candidates’ answers on questions about UC and higher education.

A recall of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky will be on the ballot in June in Santa Clara County, reports Bay City News. Persky had given a six-month sentence to a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault.

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