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Monday Memo: Week of April 23, 2018

UPTE members picket
After a year of fruitless negotiations, AFSCME members at UC have voted by 97% to authorize a strike, reports the Los Angeles Daily News, the Daily Bruin, and the Columbia Daily Spectator. The union is asking commencement speakers to boycott, including Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), scheduled May 12 at UCB, and Representative John Lewis (D-GA), scheduled June 16 at UCSD.

UPTE-CWA members at the university are pledging a solidarity strike to support AFSCME. Members across the state delivered those intentions to their chancellors and medical center CEOs last week. Add your name to the pledge here, see more photos, or read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Thousands of information technology (IT) workers who work for the state of California are getting raises, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Graduate students at Harvard have voted for representation by the UAW, according to the Harvard Crimson, the Sacramento Bee and the Boston Globe. The election was ordered rerun in December after the NLRB found the school had interfered with the conduct of the first election.

Columbia University grad students are planning to strike over management's refusal to bargain, reports Labor Notes.

UC has put off a proposed tuition increase until May, reports the UCLA Faculty Association. Meanwhile, the CSU system has announced that it will not raise tuition at all in 2018, according to the Orange County Register and the Daily Nexis at UCSB.

The least diverse public university in California? This headline in the San Luis Obispo Tribune sums it up: "Cal Poly is the whitest public university in California – by a lot." The story follows the action by the school's administration shutting down all fraternities and sororities after a racist incident.

Teachers in Arizona plan to walk out Thursday to advocate for increased funding for education, reports CNN and National Public Radio. They say the 20% increase they've been offered isn't enough.

The New York Times reports that public workers are losing their foothold in the middle class, after over a decade of cuts to their institutions.

A GOP proposal to let people borrow from Social Security to fund parental leave could severely affect retirement benefits, according to a report from the Urban Institute.

The annual Workers Memorial Day is coming up on April 28, which raises awareness about workplace health and safety. Check out Worksafe or UCLA's Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program for news and reports.

Ready to Strike


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