Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Examples of the alleged unlawful and intimidation acts over the course of the academic year include UCLA administrators warning to take away work visas for graduate student protesters and a UC Santa Cruz dean threatening to fire future strikers, according to the statement.

see: Student Academic Workers Union To Strike Across UC on Wednesday and Thursday
Daily Bruin: UC To Offset Pension and Healthcare Costs with Pay Raise
Faculty said they are also unhappy with the pension increases because they believe they affect various faculty groups differently.

Under a new two-tier pension system that came into effect last year, faculty are divided into two groups – those hired before and after July 2013. Faculty hired before July 2013 have seen their pension contribution rates rise from 0 percent in 2009 to its current 6.5 percent. Their contributions will rise further to 8 percent this upcoming July. Those hired after July 2013 instead have a fixed pension rate of 7 percent.

Together with the new minimum retirement age of 55 years old and the raised retirement age for maximum pension of 65 years old, faculty who have joined the UC since 2013 will pay lower pensions in the long term than faculty who have worked in the UC longer, said Dianne Klein, UC spokeswoman.

“The two-track pension system threatens to increase inequity between different faculty groups in ways we think are divisive and unhelpful,” Vernon said.

Lower salaries, coupled with rising pension contributions, have affected faculty retention rates and its ability to hire new faculty, Converse said. In recent years, more faculty have left the system than been recruited, and the University is struggling to retain high-quality faculty.

Also see: UCLA should cover omissions in revised UC sexual violence policy

The Aggie has an important Letter FROM the Editor

The California Aggie is suspending its print edition and staff pay for Spring Quarter. As of today, everyone who works for The Aggie is a volunteer for a digital newspaper. We’ll still be publishing news online and updating our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as if we had a printed edition of our paper.

Yes, the fee referendum passed — thanks to you. Yes, after a couple of weeks, the Office of the President finally has the Vice Chancellor and Chancellor-approved referendum. But guess what: Spring Quarter tuition and fees have already been issued. In the language of the bill, it is explicitly stated that the funds would have come into play in the spring.

The Aggie does not have enough money to continue printing or to pay its staff without...

it ends w/ this in the closing:
No newspaper should ever have to go through the political wringer that we went through and continue to experience. We hope that this situation never repeats itself within ASUCD or the UC Davis Administration.
UCSF Synapse: Life of a Grad Student: The Aerial View

and The Life Of A Grad Student Series in full here.

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