* Act now to stop UC pension benefit reductions

We urge you to participate in the UCSC Academic Senate Meeting where the pension proposals will be discussed. Friday, February 12, at 2:30 in the Stevenson Events Center. The University of California is currently considering introducing a new pension plan for its employees hired after 2016. These proposed changes will dramatically reduce pension benefits for most new faculty. The Academic Senate will be reviewing the proposals over the next few weeks. Your opportunity to provide input to the Senate lasts just a couple weeks. For some purposes, it will be most effective to provide input this week. Contact information is at the end of this document. This ill-conceived and ill-advised plan, which was negotiated behind closed doors by President Napolitano […]

* Statement to UC Regents about new UCRS tier

Professor Celeste Langan spoke on behalf of the UC Faculty Associations at the July 22, 2015 UC Regents meeting during the public comment period. Below is a copy of her full comments: *********************** As co-Chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association and on behalf of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, I wish to address the Regents concerning the third discussion item of the Finance Committee agenda, item F3, “Update on Final 2015-16 Budget.”  The update, produced by the Office of the President, misleadingly claims that the final budget “incorporates the funding framework developed by UC and the Governor.” If you’ll recall, the “framework” of the May Revise proposed that the state make a contribution of $436 million toward the unfunded […]

* Faculty Association Analysis of the UC Budget

The Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) has released the following statement to help inform faculty about the terms and consequences of the revised budget. The May Revise As the Legislature and Governor enter the end game for the 2015-2016 budget, here is a review of provisions related to UC in the Governor’s latest budget proposal—the May revise, which is now being considered by the Legislature. It appears likely that the final UC budget will have provisions that address access and affordability. What is missing are resources to ensure that the university can maintain quality. It is the hardest to quantify, the weakest politically, and is now the most seriously threatened. This budget is another demonstration of the […]

* Update on the UC Healthcare Options Discussion

This past February, the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) became aware that the UC administration was considering plans to restructure the health benefits for all University of California employees. At a meeting of the UC Senate Faculty Welfare Committee, John Stobo, Vice President for UC Health, outlined a plan to push UC employees currently enrolled in HMO plans such as Health Net, and potentially eventually Kaiser, into a new UC Care HMO built around the UC Medical Centers, supplemented by contracting with a network of private medical providers where UC Medical Centers were not available. Alarmed by this proposal to eliminate competitive choice in healthcare plans — a proposal that could require employees to sever long established relationships with their doctors — CUCFA wrote a letter opposing the elimination of […]

* Continuing deterioration of compensation and benefits

A year ago Colleen Lye and James Vernon, co-chairs of the Berkeley Faculty Association, drew the attention of faculty across the ten campuses of the University of California to the continuing degradation of their pensions, benefits and salaries. This analysis has recently been confirmed by UCOP’s own study of total remuneration. The executive summary of this document contains the following depressing bullet points: