For the Week of February 23, 2015
|UC president Janet Napolitano put UC’s promised tuition increase on hold through summer school as a “good-faith gesture” during budget negotiations, according to the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times.
Charles Schwartz, a retired UCB professor who has spent years researching UC’s budget, told legislators that the university’s melding of academic and non-academic budgets “distorts rational debate about student tuition and fees,” according to the Daily Cal.
Faculty at private universities will finally be able to get legal right to organize, following a new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board. In 1980 the NLRB ruled that private college faculty were management, because of their role in campus governance, and therefore ineligible for legal rights to unionize. This incredible leap of logic brought faculty unionization to a halt. The Obama NLRB finally overturned the decision, though the case could go to the Supreme Court.
Faculty and employees at public universities are covered by the labor laws of their respective states, and it is under those laws that graduate students at the University of Connecticut are organizing for their first contract. They won recognition from the university last April.
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