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

PBS’ Hot Potato May Not Be on California Stations

As far as yours truly can tell, the major PBS affiliates in California have so far taken a pass on the hot potato program described below.  That decision could have been because the threatened pension initiative that would have swept in UC was originally aimed at the November 2014 ballot.  With it apparently off the … Continue reading PBS’ Hot Potato May Not Be on California Stations

Tradition!

The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has issued a report on UC and CSU funding.  LAO is usually viewed as a neutral agency.  But it is a component of the legislature.  So it tends to favor approaches that add to legislative control as opposed to, say, gubernatorial control.  This report is no exception.LAO seems to want … Continue reading Tradition!

Anti-Pension Group Opens the Door to ID Fraud

That's a harsh headline.  But it applies to any group that publishes info on the web - because it is technically legal  to obtain and publish it  - that identifies incomes of individuals.  And the same harsh headline applies to govt. salary data, not just pensions.  It applies whether there is a political objective, as … Continue reading Anti-Pension Group Opens the Door to ID Fraud

Pension Initiative Seems to Be Out of Gas (for Now)

Earlier posts noted a pension initiative drive - fronted by San Jose Mayor Chris Reed - that would have swept in UC.  For now, the effort seems to have stalled.  The proponents have decided to litigate the title and summary by the attorney general of the initiative.  Effectively, that will take enough time so that … Continue reading Pension Initiative Seems to Be Out of Gas (for Now)

Issue Heating Up

We noted in yesterday's posting (in the update portion) on the Regents public comment session that there were spokespeople complaining about anti-Israel activities on UC campuses including course credit on one campus, pushes for divestment, etc.  Earlier postings noted statements by the UC prez and several chancellors (including Block) opposing an academic boycott of Israel … Continue reading Issue Heating Up

Is there a Changing State Attitude Regarding the UC Pension? Reading Between the Lines

As blog readers will know, UC has had difficulties in getting the state to recognize that its pension liabilities were ultimately those of the state, just as CalPERS and CalSTRS liabilities are liabilities of the state.  Thanks to the two-decade hiatus of contributions, the state seemed to forget about UC's pension.  However, there is beginning … Continue reading Is there a Changing State Attitude Regarding the UC Pension? Reading Between the Lines

Neutral

Proponents of the  proposed pension/retiree health care initiative (that would cover UC) were afraid the attorney general would come up with a nasty title and summary.  It doesn't seem to have happened, however.  Other than the references to teachers, nurses, and peace officers (the public's favorite public employees), it is pretty neutral.  To the extent … Continue reading Neutral

Follow Me, Says Crane

We have previously reported on a proposed ballot initiative on public pensions in California that, as written, would cover UC.  There appears to be money behind the campaign for this initiative.  Another indication of such money comes in the form of a letter by former UC Regent David Crane on CalSTRS.  Crane was appointed by … Continue reading Follow Me, Says Crane

The Rewards of Good Behavior (and the penalties for the reverse)

With a possible pension initiative coming to the ballot, it would be nice if public pension plans stayed on Good Behavior.  Alas:Federal investigators are looking into allegations that CalPERS violated insider trading laws this year when it purchased $26.6 million in restricted stock and then decided it didn’t need to reverse the trades when they were … Continue reading The Rewards of Good Behavior (and the penalties for the reverse)