Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of March 21, 2016
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A push to limit out-of-state enrollment has narrowly failed its first vote in the Legislature, reports the UCLA Faculty Association’s blog. The bill, by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) made the case that it was necessary to ensure room for in-state students at UC. Other legislators disagreed, saying UC must accept more out-of-state students because they pay more tuition.  The bill will likely be rewritten and resubmitted to apply only to Berkeley, UCLA and UCSD.

Thousands of East Coast students this month were surprised to find letters from UC Santa Cruz congratulating them on their admission to the campus.  But they hadn’t applied, reports the Washington Post. UCSC’s admissions director told the paper the embarrassing situation was due to using the wrong email list for the letters, and the campus issued retractions on Thursday.

“After nearly seven months of campaigning,” reports the Daily Californian, “69 previously subcontracted workers have officially been insourced as UC employees, ending an ongoing campus speakers’ boycott.” The winning campaign was mounted by UC labor union AFSCME 3299 as part of its efforts across the state to end “the low pay and exploitation [of] non-union workers” at UC.

The university is still reacting to sexual harassment claims. UC Berkeley law school faculty are calling for Provost Claude Steele to resign; UC President Janet Napolitano on Friday announced “new measures designed to prevent future incidents and ensure that punishments, when necessary, are uniform system-wide”; Berkeley is reviewing the head coach's role in another harassment case; and San Francisco Chronicle columnists Matier and Ross reported skepticism about “the university’s latest pledge to reform” from a lawyer who represented a student in a 2002 case: “The shocking thing is that in 2016, they are implementing something that has been required since the 1990s.”

Three more state lawmakers are calling on UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign because of her participation on corporate boards, reports the Sacramento Business Journal. Katehi still has the support of UC President Janet Napolitano.


A video on big money in elections, by UCB faculty member Robert Reich

UPTE’s national union, the Communications Workers of America, has a new project to Take on Wall Street. Have a look at the clear and compelling case made to get big money out of politics and make our economy work for everyone. The site includes videos and other resources by luminaries such as Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and UCB professor of public policy Robert Reich.

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