Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC

Monday Memo: Week of April 30, 2018

UPTE-CWA members are preparing to walk out May 8-9 in solidarity with AFSCME's strike at UC hospitals and campuses, planned for May 7-9. Download UPTE's strike FAQ and post or distribute in your workplace. The California Nurses Association is also supporting the action.


Read all about the strike preparations in the Sacramento BeeCBS SF Bay AreaKABC, the Los Angeles Daily News, as well as campus newspapers City on a Hill Press, the Daily B ruin and the Triton. UCSF says it respects workers' "rights to representation and freedom of speech" and describes management's contingency plans.


Sacramento Bee op-ed piece offers an examination of Gov. Brown's "lack of admiration for the UC system" and the university's performance, and looks ahead to issues and stances Brown's successor should take with the UC system.

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UCD health care workers ready to strike

UC president Janet Napolitano announced that tuition increases will not be on the agenda of the regents' May meeting, but did not rule out the possibility of an increase for 2018-19 if state funding is not sufficient.
UC Irvine will have the first all-electric bus fleet in the country. The student body voted in a 2013 referendum to assess itself a $40-per quarter fee to convert the fleet from diesel to electric.

How even-handed is the defense of free speech at college campuses? That's the question the Guardian raises after the use of blackface at one CSU campus was defended as free speech, but harsh criticisms of Barbara Bush at another CSU campus drew threats from administrators. This follows a court ruling that conservative groups can sue UC over restrictions the Berkeley campus placed on speakers after a melee caused in last year by a right-wing speaker.
A new Associated Press poll finds that are overwhelmingly sympathetic to teachers striking around the nation for better pay and more school funding. Teachers in both Arizona and Colorado continue their strikes today. The decline of public funding for education in Arizona is charted in this Vox article and this Axios piece.

Tomorrow is May Day – also known as International Workers' Day. The California Federation of Labor has a list of May Day actions

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