Week of April 9, 2018
UCLA workers and students demonstrated against pay inequality last week, reports the Daily Bruin, following a study released by AFSCME 3299 showing executive compensation at UC soaring while workers suffer. “New data reveals a broader trend toward inequality,” AFSCME 3299’s Kathryn Lybarger writes in the Sacramento Bee. The Mercury News reports that women and people of color at UC make much less than white men.
Members of UPTE-CWA are planning solidarity actions with AFSCME workers, and are circulating this colorful flyer for distribution and posting. UC’s Counseling Psychologists, part of UPTE’s health care professionals unit, are holding an unfair labor practice strike vote this week. Since the workers joined UPTE in 2016, management has refused to negotiate a fair contract. Read more here.
UC regent Bonnie Reiss has died. She advocated for tougher policies against sexual harassment and for reductions of UC’s carbon footprint. There are currently five openings on the UC Board of Regents, according to the Daily Cal.
Instead of hiring enough health care professionals at prevailing wages, UPTE members sayUC’s push to pay less means fewer people apply for jobs, and those that are hired don’t stay as long because they leave for better wages and conditions at other institutions.
Proponents of reforming California’s Prop. 13 have announced that they will not be targeting the 2018 ballot but will aim for getting a measure on the 2020 ballot. The changes would generate up to $11 billion for services and schools, the campaign says.
Indiana’s Purdue University is among those bidding to run Los Alamos National Laboratory, a $2 billion contract, according to the Journal & Courier and the Santa Fe New Mexican. Purdue’s bid is in partnership with Bechtel National, a firm that has been running the lab in a private consortium that includes UC since 2006.
Washington, DC-based Georgetown University and the American Federation of Teachers have agreed to permit graduate students to vote for union representation. Inside Higher Edreports that because the agreement is private it will not involve the National Labor Relations Board.
Last week’s one-day strike of adjunct faculty members at Loyola University Chicago signals “growing frustrations” with their working conditions and lack of fair contract offers from management. Inside Higher Ed also reviews growing activism in other states among graduate students, non-tenure-track faculty, and teachers.
The majority of the public (59 percent) now supports a “national ‘Medicare-for-all-plan” reports Business Insider, and an even larger share (75 percent) “would favor a program framed as a public option for anyone who wants it.”
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