Monday Memo: Week of April 16, 2018
UPTE-represented Counseling Psychologists held a strike authorization vote last week, resulting in an overwhelming 99.4% "yes" vote. Bargaining continues with a state appointed mediator to try to move counseling psychologists into the union's health care (HX) unit, which already includes similar titles.
The March for Science held its second annual event this weekend in Washington DC and other cities, reports Axios and Wired.
Meanwhile, UPTE-represented researchers, techs and health care workers, who number 15,000 systemwide, have been declaring their readiness to strike in solidarity with AFSCME, which is taking a strike vote this week.
UC librarians, represented by the American Federation of Teachers, will begin bargaining for a new contract this week. Issues include salary parity with other universities, professional development, and academic freedom.
The Council of UC Faculty Associations is supporting AFSCME's new report, Pioneering Inequality, which Monday Memo covered last week. They call it "essential reading" and "urge immediate attention to its recommendations."
The university has announced that, beginning in 2019, students at California community colleges who meet UC eligibility requirements will be guaranteed placement at a UC campus. Forbes says UC Berkeley and UCLA top the list of its "best value" colleges.
UC Riverside chancellor Kim Wilcox has denied charges that he ignored sexual harassment complaints while he was provost at Michigan State University.
Familiar with the usual tactics that some administrators employ to prevent grad students from unionizing? Here's another: using the specter of ICE to scare foreign students away from organizing, reports Splinter.
Last year's confrontations at UC Berkeley over the appearance of right wing provocateur Milos Yiannopoulos have sparked a series of bills in the Legislature over free speech on California college campuses.