Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of January 08, 2018
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UC regent Norman Pattiz has resigned after leaked audio recordings revealed him making sexually inappropriate comments to a female comedian, reported the Sacramento Bee, ABC 10 News, and Time. Pattiz also made sexual remarks toward the employees of his company. His resignation is effective February 16.

A quick summary of what recreational marijuana use means for UC students and staff is outlined in the UCLA Faculty Association blog, with a link to a longer article in the Sacramento Bee.

The US Border Patrol arrested an undocumented UC Berkeley student after he took a wrong turn and ended up at a checkpoint while visiting his girlfriend in San Diego, reports the Daily Cal and the Sacramento Bee. Luis Mora grew up in the San Diego area after coming to California in his youth.

UPTE’s annual convention is set to take place January 13-15 in Santa Cruz. As the highest body of the union, the convention debates and decides on policies and strategies for the upcoming year. New officers who were elected last month will be formally signed in, and activists who kept the union strong over the last year will be honored. All members are welcome.

“’I Hope I Can Quit Working in a Few Years,’ A Preview of the US Without Pensions,” a feature in the Washington Post, paints a sobering picture of the problems working people face as pension plans take hits.

The Trump administration is reversing rules at the National Labor Relations Board to undercut labor rights, according to Salon. Among the policies reversed are those that helped unions organize, protected the bargaining rights of franchise employees, and shielded workers from union-busting tactics. Trump’s Department of Justice also did an about-face on the Obama administration’s position on the Janus case at the Supreme Court, and now supports the side that could decimate public sector unions.

The UC Regents had a special meeting on January 8 of their Working Group on Executive Compensation, including a 20-minute public comment period. The UCLA Faculty Association will archive the audio when it’s available.

January 30 is the deadline for UC Berkeley’s new online master’s degree in cyber security, reports Berkeley News. The campus is one of eight institutions with new online offerings, according to Inside Higher Ed.

 
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