Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the week of December 19, 2016

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“Job laundering” is what the Los Angeles Times calls UCSF’s move to send information technology (IT) jobs to India. “Experts in the abuse of so-called H-1B visas say UC is the first public university to send the jobs of American IT staff offshore. That’s not a distinction UC should wear proudly,” writes reporter Michael Hiltzik.

A major victory at UCSD, after UPTE-represented Theatre workers fight back against layoffs and save their jobs. Read all about it in the latest UPTE Update.
I believe health care is a human right.
UC tuition hikes? UC will present proposed tuition increases to the regents this month, reports the Los Angeles Times. An editorial in the San Diego Union Tribune accuses the university of “empire-building” and says “the governor and lawmakers should oppose any increases until they get meaningful answers” on what they call “the explosion in the number of administrators.”

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers may be eligible for free college tuition, under a plan announced by the state’s governor Andrew M. Cuomo along with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), reports the New York Times.

Creators of 401(k) retirement savings programs have now come to “lament the revolution they started,” according to a report from the Economic Policy Institute. They never intended 401(k)s to replace pensions, but employers seized on them to slash benefits. An executive who was an original champion tells NPR that traditional defined pension plans are better.

A recent report by the Institute for Policy Studies looks at the disparities in retirement security between corporate CEOs and American workers. The top 100 CEOs hold retirement funds equal to the entire retirement savings of 41 percent of US families, giving them on average retirement payments of $253,000 per month. By contrast, workers who had 401(k) plans could expect an average of only $101 per month.

An education secretary who is hostile to public schools. A labor secretary who’s anti-worker and anti-labor. A treasury secretary who made millions from foreclosures and sees his mission as slashing corporate taxes. These are just a few of the ultra-rich cabinet nominees Donald Trump wants Senate confirmation on this week. You can pressure Congress to reject them using CWA’s Block the Corporate Cabinet web tools.

This Sunday, January 15, is a nationwide day of action for health care, coordinated by Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) to oppose Republican cuts to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid.

A number of protests are scheduled for Friday, January 20, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Filmmaker Michael Moore and others are advocating a national “general strike” or sick out that day. In Washington, DC, tens of thousands of activists are planning a silent protest during the ceremony, while others pledge civil disobedience. In San Francisco, Bridge Together plans a demonstration on the Golden Gate Bridge. In Los Angeles, pro-immigrant groups are mobilizing.

The next day, Saturday, January 21, people will be flooding into Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington, a peaceful mega-rally on the National Mall. Organizers expect that 200,000 participants – women, men, young adults and children – will attend. Local sister marches will also occur across the country, including many in California.

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