Grad. employee protests spreading across UC (updated 2/21/20)

Facing rising rents that are outstripping their pay, a group of Teaching Assistants at UC Santa Cruz launched a grade strike and are demanding a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Predictably, UCOP has been unsympathetic, and disciplinary actions may come soon. An array of UCSC departments, student organizations, and community groups have penned statements of … Continue reading Grad. employee protests spreading across UC (updated 2/21/20)

Faculty Support for UC-AFT Unit 18 Lecturers

Non-tenure track faculty teach a growing share of courses at University of California campuses, including UCLA. Despite their vital role in university teaching, lecturers have very little job security and have to fight for every benefit they get. UC lecturers have been negotiating with the university administration for several months with very little progress, and … Continue reading Faculty Support for UC-AFT Unit 18 Lecturers

UC Service Workers Strike: November 13

AFSCME 3299 announced a one-day job action on November 13, 2019 for both its service and patient care units. The union has been in negotiations with the UC for more than two years, and recently filed complaints about university outsourcing of service work. The California Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) issued its own complaint to … Continue reading UC Service Workers Strike: November 13

UC Workers to Strike: 10/23-25

Campus workers affiliated with AFSCME local 3299 and UPTE-CWA local 9119 voted overwhelmingly to authorize strikes at the University of California after bargaining stalled. After the vote, AFSCME announced that members in several bargaining units would strike on October 23, 24, and 25. UPTE then announced its members would strike on the same dates. Last … Continue reading UC Workers to Strike: 10/23-25

Support Academic Freedom for UC Librarians

In a recent bargaining session with unionized librarians, UC administrators rejected the a proposal to recognize academic freedom for librarians. According to UC-AFT, negotiators for the university argued that academic freedom is "not a good fit" for librarians and claimed to have consulted Senate faculty on the topic. Quite the opposite is true, and faculty … Continue reading Support Academic Freedom for UC Librarians

UC Service Workers to Strike May 7-9

Service and patient care workers across all University of California campuses have announced a three-day strike, May 7-9, 2018. Negotiations between AFSCME local 3299 and the UC reached an impasse after more than a year of negotiation. The university then imposed its "last, best offer," which the union says included cuts to pay and benefits. … Continue reading UC Service Workers to Strike May 7-9

Chris Newfield @ UCLA, Feb. 22

Public Universities under Trump Lessons from the Era of Privatization Wednesday, February 22, 3:30-5 PM 6275 Bunche Hall, UCLA Free and open to the public. Location Information Privatization, student debt, and over-building have led public universities to the brink of disaster. So argues UCSB professor Christopher Newfield in his new book. Only by embracing their … Continue reading Chris Newfield @ UCLA, Feb. 22

Report: Affordable Public Higher Education is Possible Today

A report this week from Reclaim California Higher Education (a coalition of faculty and student groups) makes the case that affordable (even free) higher education is within reach for California. The privatization experiment has failed. The harm to a generation of hard-working, high-aiming young people is proven. It’s time to return to what works: the … Continue reading Report: Affordable Public Higher Education is Possible Today

As transition looms, campus stirs

What is the future of public higher education under a Trump administration? With the transition of presidential power a week away, students, staff, faculty, and administrators on campuses across California are bracing for a rocky relationship. Here at UCLA there are a number of teach-ins, demonstrations, and programs planned for inauguration week. The big one … Continue reading As transition looms, campus stirs