UCOP Response to CUCFA on Health Options

In April, the Council of UC Faculty Associations drafted a letter of concern over proposed changes to UC employee health insurance options. Over 2,500 faculty system-wide added their names in support of these concerns. Now we have a response from the UC Office of the President (UCOP): Subject: Health care options letter Date: Wed, 6 … Continue reading UCOP Response to CUCFA on Health Options

UCOP Study Shows Decline in Faculty Compensation

A year ago Colleen Lye and James Vernon, co-chairs of the Berkeley Faculty Association, drew the attention of faculty across the ten campuses of the University of California to the continuing degradation of their pensions, benefits and salaries. Increasing employee contributions to health insurance and pensions were compounding the negative impact of slow salary group, … Continue reading UCOP Study Shows Decline in Faculty Compensation

The Degradation of Faculty Welfare and Compensation

Colleen Lye and James Vernon (UC Berkeley Faculty Association) UC faculty need to wake up to the systematic degradation of their pay and benefits.  In 2009, when the salary furlough temporarily cut faculty salaries between 6 and 10%, faculty were outraged.  Yet since then our compensation has been hit by a more serious, and seemingly permanent, double … Continue reading The Degradation of Faculty Welfare and Compensation

UC Follows UCLA and Becomes a No-Smoking Zone Today

Following the earlier lead of UCLA, all UC campuses today become smoke-free zones, including such products as e-cigarettes.  According to a UC media release: ...Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the University of California will be entirely smoke and tobacco free. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, water pipes, pipes, … Continue reading UC Follows UCLA and Becomes a No-Smoking Zone Today

Pension/Retiree Health Initiative that Includes UC Just Keeps Advancing

Readers of this blog will know that an initiative has been filed - which appears to have some serious money behind it for a campaign - that would cover UC's pension and retiree health care programs.  In principle, it would be up to the Regents to make any plan revisions the initiative would allow.  However, … Continue reading Pension/Retiree Health Initiative that Includes UC Just Keeps Advancing

Lab Retirees Want Back In on UC Health Plan

There has always been a question about exactly what is the legal obligation of UC to pay for retiree health care.  The position of the university has been that unlike the pension, there is no obligation.  Nothing was really promised for sure.  It's just a nice thing UC does.Employees of one of the former nuclear … Continue reading Lab Retirees Want Back In on UC Health Plan

If You Don’t Want to Talk to the Piper, Why Not Talk to the Piper’s Paymaster?

As blog readers will know, there is currently a potential ballot initiative on public pensions and other retiree benefits (health care) that as written sweeps in UC.  We won’t rehash why it would be best if UC was excluded – as it ultimately was from the governor’s pension bill.  But let’s just say for purposes … Continue reading If You Don’t Want to Talk to the Piper, Why Not Talk to the Piper’s Paymaster?

UCLA and the Covered California Exchange (the State Component of "Obamacare")

Just FYI.  For persons in the individual health care market that has been set up as part of the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), UCLA is advertising for business.  This option is not for UC employees or retirees covered by a university health plan.  However, the info might be useful if you know folks shopping … Continue reading UCLA and the Covered California Exchange (the State Component of "Obamacare")

We’re sure there are no risks or they wouldn’t go ahead. Right?

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Health System and long-term care provider Select Medical announced today a partnership to open a 138-bed acute-care rehabilitation hospital in Century City in 2015. The aim "is to develop a world-class regional rehabilitation center providing highly specialized care, advanced treatment and leading-edge technologies to treat individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain … Continue reading We’re sure there are no risks or they wouldn’t go ahead. Right?

Union for Docs at Student Health Centers

From the Daily Bruin: On Thursday, the University of California formally recognized the Union of American Physicians and Dentists as the exclusive representative of doctors working at any of the student health centers. The campaign to unionize began with a few University doctors who reached out to the union in December 2012. Physicians voted in … Continue reading Union for Docs at Student Health Centers