Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

For the Week of February 06, 2012

Administrative Professionals of UC San Diego.
Administrative Professionals of UC San Diego. Photo by Carolan Buckmaster.

UCLA was granted a delay in plea negotiations on felony charges related to willful violations of state occupational health and safety standards that led to the death of 23-year-old lab worker Sheri Sangji in January 2009. The new arraignment date is set for March 7 in LA County Criminal Court. An UPTE member who went to the February 2 arraignment reported that the judge said this would be the last delay.  You can read more about the case in Joan Lichterman’s blog for the California Federation of Labor. Letters can be sent to the DA at webmail@da.lacounty.gov.

Fix UC, a UC Riverside students’ attempt to make college more affordable got a story in Time Magazine. Under the plan, students could attend UC and defer payments until after they graduate and get jobs. Then they would pay 5 percent of their salaries for 20 years.

Students at UCSD have written a short book, full of statistics and details, called Report on the Profitability of Education and the Exploitability of Students. They are using it to raise awareness leading up to the planned March 1 National Day of Action for Education.

In the meanwhile, UC Berkeley computer science professor Brian Barsky is working on a ballot initiative with Ralph Nader “that would limit tuition increases in California’s public colleges.”

And despite UC’s financial woes, the UCLA Daily Bruin reports that the university may loan California another $200 million if the state runs out of money in March because “UC has a higher credit rating than the state.”

While the initial public offering of Facebook stock has gotten a lot of press coverage this week, a lesser known angle is that Facebook has pledged to use all union labor in constructing a new campus in Menlo Park, just south of San Francisco. _____________________________________________________________________________________

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