* 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.

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* 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 […]

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* 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.

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* 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 […]

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* Statement by CUCFA and AAUP on Regent Blum’s Remarks

The Council of University of California Faculty Associations and the American Association of University Professors write to protest the following remarks made by University of California Regent Richard Blum and then supported by Regent Hadi Makarechian during the discussion of a proposed Statement of Principles Against Intolerance at the Board of Regents meeting on September 17, 2015: “I should add that over the weekend my wife, your senior Senator, and I talked about this issue at length. She wants to stay out of the conversation publicly but if we do not do the right thing she will engage publicly and is prepared to be critical of this university if we don’t have the kind of not only statement but penalties […]

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