Monday Memo: May 7

Week of May 7, 2018

Thousands of UC workers represented by AFSCME went on strike this morning, after more than a year of stalled negotiations with the union’s service workers. AFSCME notified UC that service and patient care technical workers would be on strike through Wednesday.

The union said in a press release that the action follows UC’s decision to unilaterally impose higher health care premiums, more outsourcing of its lowest wage workers, and a new report on the unequal treatment of women and people of color working in service jobs.

UPTE-CWA (representing health care professionals, techs, and researchers) and CNA (representing nurses) have notified the university that they will strike in solidarity on Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th. Read all about it in UPTE’s FAQ on the strike, and check or UPTE’s Facebook page for last minute details, including a list of picket locations

Student-run newspapers are also covering the action: Berkeley’s Daily Cal, UCLA’s Daily Bruin, Santa Cruz’s City on a Hill, Riverside’s Highlander, San Diego’s Triton, Santa Barbara’s Daily Nexus, and an editorial supporting the strike in Davis’ Aggie.You’ll find wide coverage of the strike today, including the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles TimesCBS NewsKQEDDemocracy NowNational Public RadioNBC NewsCBS Sacramento, the San Diego Union-TribuneABC7 San DiegoCBS Bay Area, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the blog, Remaking the University.

Meanwhile, UC has missed the deadline for implementing recommendations from the state auditor that would strengthen transparency and accountability. These were made in the wake of recent scandals, including the revelation that the university was holding $175 million in undisclosed funds. UC’s failure drew scorn from the San Diego Union-Tribune, among others.

UC Berkeley has proposed building housing on People’s Park, an open space near the campus with a storied history.

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