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

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

CUCFA Letter to Pres. Napolitano

The Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) set a letter to UC President Janet Napolitano on November 23 applauding her statements after the US presidential election, and outlining concrete steps UC leadership should take to protect vulnerable students and staff. In short, we stand united with our administrators against any threats directed at our students … Continue reading CUCFA Letter to Pres. Napolitano

Univ. of Wisconsin Faces Big Changes under Walker

Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker recently proposed a $350 million cut to the University of Wisconsin system budget, and a fundamental shift in the university's relationship to the state. Currently, the multi-campus system is a state agency. The new law would make the UW system a "public authority." In a lengthy analysis, UW professors explain … Continue reading Univ. of Wisconsin Faces Big Changes under Walker

CUCFA Statement on “Civility” and Academic Freedom

This week the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA), with representatives from 9 UC campuses including UCLA, issued the a statement reflecting concern over academic freedom cases around the country: Statement on "Civility" and Academic Freedom On Friday Sept. 5, Chancellor Dirks of UC Berkeley circulated an open statement to his campus community … Continue reading CUCFA Statement on “Civility” and Academic Freedom

Block on Israel Boycott

As expected - see earlier posts - now that UCLA has reopened, Chancellor Block issued a statement on the Israel boycott issue:As one of the world's leading public research universities, UCLA has a steadfast commitment to the principles of academic freedom and open dialogue. In their pursuit of knowledge, our faculty and students must be … Continue reading Block on Israel Boycott

The GSEIS "Problem" Continues

Inside Higher Ed continues its coverage of the controversy in a course at GSEIS involving... well, it’s not quite clear what is involved, despite the lengthy article.  It does seem like the kind of development that needs some Academic Senate review.  [Excerpt]For the first time since graduate students staged a sit-in during a class they … Continue reading The GSEIS "Problem" Continues

Reminder that Your Emails Aren’t Private

The Daily Bruin carries a story today about a demand for a UCLA professors emails. Excerpt:Two state senators have accused UCLA of withholding the records of a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences from the public, the most recent development in a conflict that has lasted about three years.  The two California senators … Continue reading Reminder that Your Emails Aren’t Private