Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jack Vance- Born in San Francisco, Vance graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1942.

Jack Vance Dead: Award-Winning Mystery, Fantasy And Science Fiction Author Dies At 96

Paying Back Berkeley Postdoctoral Scholars

"Last year, we became aware that the university was telling one group of postdocs — the vast majority of whom are recent immigrants on guest worker visas — that they must pay the university’s share of their health care plan or purchase coverage independently on the open market. This is in direct violation of the contract that our union and the university negotiated, agreed to and signed.

UC’s decision took hundreds — and in some cases, thousands— of dollars out of the pockets of these researchers each month and forced many to forgo health coverage altogether. Some were not able to cover their children, and several postdocs with pregnant spouses were told that they had to pay more than $700 a month for the same plan that other postdocs were paying less than $40 per month for."

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