During Janet Napolitano’s first year as president of the University of California, one of her main focuses has been on shoring up the finances of a UC system coming off years of recession-driven state budget cuts — cuts that led to huge tuition hikes. When the books don’t balance, UC regents pass the pain on to the student body.
When the University of California’s largest union and its administrators settled a two year contract dispute this spring, each side pledged to work with the other in promoting shared principles like urging state legislators to re-invest in higher education.
This is not a new concept. The campaign to pass Prop. 30 back in 2012, for example, would not have been possible without this kind of cooperation.
San Francisco: UC Hastings College of the Law’s largest employee union—AFSCME 3299—will picket and rally with local elected leaders on September 23rd at noon, after fifteen months of negotiations with college administrators have failed to produce a contract agreement.