Academic Senate Rejects New Pension Tier

Representatives of UC faculty on all campuses delivered a strongly worded rejection of the proposed 2016 pension tier. Reports from the campuses were extensive and overwhelmingly negative (link to PDF). Berkeley faculty called the proposal "imprudent and potentially fiscally irresponsible." Davis faculty said, "It is a myth that UCRP is too generous," and went on … Continue reading Academic Senate Rejects New Pension Tier

Faculty Voice Opposition to Pension Proposal

On Friday, the UCLA Academic Senate hosted an informational meeting that explained in clear terms that this is a bad, bad plan for faculty. What to do about it was less clear cut. Shane White gave a deeply detailed account of financial aspects of the plan (Slides here: Pension Presentation by Shane White). Among the … Continue reading Faculty Voice Opposition to Pension Proposal

Pension Changes Proposed: lower benefits, little savings, weaker UCRS

The University of California will soon have a third pension tier if the Regents approve a plan put forth by the Retirement Options Task Force on Friday. UC President Janet Napolitano charged the Task Force, which included management and Academic Senate representatives, with finding a way to implement her agreement with Gov. Brown to set … Continue reading Pension Changes Proposed: lower benefits, little savings, weaker UCRS

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

Which Way UCLA? May 6, 12 noon

Save the date! Which Way UCLA? Faculty and the Future of Public Higher Education Wednesday, May 6, 12 noon to 1:30 PM UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room Buffet lunch will be served As Janet Napolitano and Jerry Brown battle over tuition increases and state funding for the UC, faculty face eroding compensation and increasing privatization of the … Continue reading Which Way UCLA? May 6, 12 noon

College Diversity Requirement Passes

The requirement for students in the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences to take one course on diversity passed by a wide margin in an Division-wide vote. After faculty in the College passed the requirement earlier this year, a small group in opposition petitioned the Senate leadership appealing to an obscure provision in the Senate … Continue reading College Diversity Requirement Passes

Faculty Coalition at Work in Sacramento

As the budget battle grinds on in the state capital, the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has been advocating on behalf of system faculty. In February, CUCFA weighed in on a proposal to alter UC governance. In a letter to legislators from Joe Kiskis (UC Davis), CUCFA noted While some actions of … Continue reading Faculty Coalition at Work in Sacramento

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

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

Diversity Requirement Debate Returns

The question of a diversity requirement for undergraduate students in the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences is back on the agenda, this time apparently heading for a vote of the entire UCLA faculty. Last October, faculty in the College of Letters and Sciences voted to adopt an undergraduate diversity requirement, and the measure was … Continue reading Diversity Requirement Debate Returns