* Alarming Changes to UC Regent’s Governance Structure

This issue was voted on by the Regents on July 20, 2016, and  passed unanimously.  We fear that this change will make it more difficult for us all to monitor policies that affect students, faculty, staff and the public. Regents Propose Centralization Without Real Justification, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, by Michael Meranze, Remaking the University Alarming Changes to UC Regent’s Governance Structure, July 19, 2016, Robert Meister as posted on the Council of U.C. Faculty Associations (CUCFA) website.

* UC task force considering pension cuts

If you are concerned about a further erosion of compensation at UC, the November 5, 2015 communication from CUCFA explains what you can do to make your views known. We urge you to follow the link for an explanation of the proposals made by the UC task force, appointed by President Napolitano. The task force has been charged with developing a new UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) Tier 2016 for faculty and other employees hired after June 30, 2016. We hope that you will join us by contacting  task force members and your Academic Senate officers and key committee representatives to make your views known about reductions in pension benefits. Individuals to contact are available here.

* Comments on Proposed Revised Presidential Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

October 26, 2015 Daniel Hare, Chair Academic Senate Dear Chair Hare: Enclosed is a letter signed by 33 UCSC faculty concerning the Proposed Revised Presidential Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. We are taking the unusual step of submitting comments on a proposed policy directly to you as chair of the Academic Senate. We do not do so lightly. The specific implications of the designation of faculty as “responsible employees” were not immediately clear and because of the expedited review process we were not able to submit comments to our divisional Senate in time for their review. Because of the importance of the topic, we hope that you will share our attached comments with the Academic Council when you […]

* Petition to protect UC healthcare options

March 19, 2015 Dear UCSC Faculty member, As you are aware, recent changes in UC’s health care policies and benefits, and glitches in its contract with Blue Cross, have affected many of our faculty, instructors and staff.  SCFA has been paying close attention to this issue, and the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA) drafted a letter to President Napolitano, which you received yesterday, asking for clarification on proposed changes in the structure of and options for health care (these are described in the letter).  While we are not yet clear about how these would affect UCSC in particular, it does appear that the changes could further limit benefits and options available to UCSC employees. The SCFA board strongly supports […]

*Council of UC Faculty Associations and AAUP partnership

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) today announced that they have agreed to work together as partner organizations in “defense and promotion of academic freedom, shared university governance, and the economic security of all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education.” In a formal agreement approved by the governing bodies of both organizations and signed last week, the faculty groups “agreed to join together as independent but allied and cooperating entities.” Under the arrangement, which will last for three years and is renewable, individual members of the nine campus faculty associations affiliated with CUCFA will be eligible to join the AAUP at special dues rates payable through […]