* Police Officer Pulls Gun on Student Protesters

The Council of UC Faculty Associations endorses this call for an investigation. This incident took place on Wednesday, November 17th during the protest at the UC Regents’ Meeting at UCSF-Mission Bay. Students were protesting an additional 8% tuition hike. Dear Mr. King: You are cited by the NPR station KALW as stating that UC campus police officer Kemper, who drew a gun today (Wednesday, November 17, 2010) and pointed it at students, “was beaten with his own baton and drew his weapon in self-defense”(click here for more info.). KALW points out that KTVU video conflicts with this statement: “in the video, Kemper seems to lose his baton while trying to push through a crowd of sign-wielding demonstrators and draws his […]

* Meister’s Open Letter to UC President on Tuition Increase

Open Letter from CUCFA President Meister to UC President Yudof on This Year’s Tuition Increase TO: UC President Mark Yudof FROM: Bob Meister, President of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, and Professor of Political and Social Thought, UC Santa Cruz SUBJECT: Your Open Letter to Californians of November 8, 2010 DATE: 11/15/2010 CC: Governor-Elect Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Lieutenant Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, and all UC students So, you’re raising tuition again—reluctantly, and because you feel you have no choice, but, still, you’re doing it. You raised it last year by an amount that would largely offset what the state had cut from UC’s appropriation during the financial crisis. And this year you are raising it despite the fact that […]

Yudof’s Proposed Changes to Pensions

The following email was sent senate faculty by Daniel Simmons, the Chair of the Academic Senate, about UC President Mark Yudof’s proposed changes to the staff and faculty pension system. You can read the Daily Cal (UC Berkeley’s student paper) article about this by clicking [here] Mark Yudof’s letter to faculty and staff, sent on October 26, 2010, about his proposed changes to the pension system can be found [here] Colleagues: There is a light at the end of the PEB tunnel. President Yudof informed me last week that he has reached his decision on the recommendations of the PEB task force recommendations. He will recommend to the Regents that they adopt a modified version of Option C with a […]

CA-AAUP Annual Meeting 11/6

California-AAUP 2010 Annual Meeting Saturday, November 6th, 9:45am-4:00pm UC Berkeley Faculty Club Register today! CA-AAUP Website [click here] This year’s annual membership and business meeting addresses the ongoing financial crises, privatization of public institutions, and misplaced administrative priorities. Keynote address: “Can Higher Education be Financed by Increased Student Debt? A New View of the Present Crisis.” Robert Meister, UC Santa Cruz, President of the Council of University of California Faculty Associations. Panel discussion: “Fighting Back, Fighting Together: AAUP Chapters Respond to Financial and Legal Threats.” This session includes representatives from each of the four sectors of higher education in California, and it is focused on building collaborative actions and coalitions across the sectors. Workshop sessions: • “The Garcetti Decision, Legal […]

Expert Analysis of and Commentary on New Post Employment Benefits Options: URGENT

UC employees’ Retirement Benefits will change significantly when the Regents decide among new retirement benefits options developed by the UC Post Employment Benefits Task Force. Each of these options significantly changes the system we currently have. The Regents will decide very soon; the time frame for employee comment is extremely short. This presentation, by UCSC Committee on Faculty Welfare chair Professor Suresh Lodha, is a quick-moving analysis of the options, beginning with big picture questions and moving into details before closing with the key question: will these changes solve the problem?