Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of November 14, 2016
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As waves of protestors coast to coast speak out about the electoral college victory of Donald Trump in the US Presidential election, leaders of California’s Senate and Assembly issued this bilingual statement, which reads in part: “we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land.” But they continued, remarking on the state’s rejection of Trump: “We have never been more proud to be Californians. By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.” Read the whole statement here. Anti-Trump protests
Anti-Trump protestors on one side of Oakland's Lake Merritt wave to thousands on the other side. (photo: Joan Lichterman).
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 650,000, a number expected to rise as the West Coast states which favored her continue counting ballots, reports the Huffington Post. The Electoral College, a vestige of slavery, as described in this PBS NewsHour piece, is coming under increasing criticism as activists organize to abolish it, reports CBS News.

The demonstrations keep coming, from an estimated 10,000 ringing Oakland’s 3.7 mile perimeter Lake Merritt yesterday, to tens of thousands marching to Trump Tower in Manhattan over the weekend, to thousands more in Los Angeles this morning. The protests center on, among other things, Trump's call for the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Paris Climate Accords, and Roe v. Wade.

UC president Janet Napolitano and the chancellors issued a statement reaffirming the centrality of diversity to the university’s mission and its absolute commitment to adhere to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance and to “protect these principles now and in the future.” Napolitano also “announced this week that she would be meeting with undocumented students,” and that “the institution remained committed to supporting” them.

California’s new Senator Kamala Harris, the state’s former attorney general who won election to the seat from which Barbara Boxer retired, told an election night crowd: “Do not despair, do not be overwhelmed” on the Trump victory, according to the Huffington Post, which posted video of her speech online.

UPTE’s national union, the Communications Workers of America, has endorsed Minnesota congress member Keith Ellison in an upcoming fight for leadership of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison is also backed by Senator Bernie Sanders’ organization, Our Revolution.

More outrage of UCSF’s plan to outsource IT jobs to an India-based company. The latest legislator questioning UC’s plan is Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration.  He wrote in a letter to UC President Janet Napolitano: "It is clear that the University is seeking to replace American workers with lower-cost foreign workers abroad and potentially also in the United States," reports ComputerWorld.

Workers at UCLA represented by the Teamsters plan to strike this Wednesday, Nov 16, over unfair labor practices. The union is currently in negotiations for a new contract, and focusing on low wages – so low that some workers go hungry, according to the New York Times.
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