* What faculty can do to support the graduate student union strike on April 2-3, 2014

We encourage you to read the letter below from the graduate student union (UAW 2865) organizing committee, with details of the strike the union is planning for April 2 and 3. The letter includes suggestions about what faculty can do to support the strike. The Board of the Faculty Association supports our graduate students’ demands. We understand that an action of this kind during the first week of class is an inconvenience for faculty and for students, but feel that by supporting the graduate students at this time we can help them in their struggle for the fair and just working conditions that are the necessary conditions for our collective educational mission.

* SCFA letter to Labor Relations in response to the new Coursera contract 3-10-14

The SCFA wrote this response to the office of Labor Relations letter in which the University provides us with a revised Coursera contract. We were surprised by the language in this contract. We had hoped that the University’s new contract would address the issues that we have all raised. We were under the impression that there was some consensus between us about fundamental issues. The contract between UCSC and Coursera is not inappropriate. The issue is the contract that faculty are asked to sign with the University.

* The Degradation of Faculty Welfare and Compensation

We would like to bring to your attention an Op-Ed written by Colleen Lye and James Vernon, Co-Chairs of the Berkeley Faculty Association, on behalf of its Board. The article appeared in the Daily Cal on March 4, 2014, and details the systematic degradation of faculty pay and benefits. We are concerned about the fact that faculty not only pay more now for retirement and healthcare programs that offer less value, but also that the evolution of the benefit system has led to serious inequalities between faculty in how retirement, health and other benefits are administered. We encourage you to follow the link below to read the full article. http://www.dailycal.org/2014/03/04/paying-yet-getting-even-less/

* An Open Letter of to the Chancellor and EVC commending them for their part in settling the UAW grievances

The SCFA would like to congratulate you and Labor Relations for settling the grievances made by the Graduate Students’ Union, the UAW. We support fair contracts for all UC unions, because the academic mission of the university depends on all of our labor.