* At the heart, students are right

Santa Cruz Sentinel on March 7, 2015 by Christopher Connery, professor of world literature and cultural studies at UC Santa Cruz I was arrested for blocking traffic at the intersection of Highway 1 and 17. I was later tried and convicted, and spent a fairly miserable weekend in a jail cell on Front Street. It was May of 1972, in the wake of a criminal and war-mongering president’s decision to renew bombing of Hanoi, Our outrage was such that there could be no question of business as usual. We marched from campus to the intersection and blocked traffic for several hours until the police got the situation under control. I doubt it ever occurred to the administration to suspend me, […]

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* Faculty Letter to Senate Executive Committee concerning the planned Silicon Valley campus

What follows is a letter from UCSC Senate faculty to the Senate Executive Committee on the topic of the administration’s plan to allocate 14 FTE to a Silicon Valley campus. If you would like to add your signature, please do so in the form that follows. We would like to send the letter to the Senate Executive Committee by March 13, 2015.

As your colleagues in the Academic Senate, we write to you of our concern regarding the administration’s stated intention to divert 14 FTE to a planned Silicon Valley campus which, we fear, will erode UCSC’s ability to fulfill its core mission and will have negative implications for both undergraduate and graduate education at UCSC.

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* 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:

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* UC Faculty Ask President Napolitano to Stop Deterioration of Health Care Insurance – January 15, 2015

Dear Colleagues, As most of you are doubtless aware, the recent breakdown in talks between Blue Shield and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Sutter) could have enormous and negative consequences for UC employees, many of whom will lose coverage or be forced to change medical providers.  This impasse is only the latest in a series of changes to UC health insurance, and we are very concerned about the overall downward trend.  We believe it is important for UC faculty to register their concerns and so are sponsoring the following petition, urging President Napolitano to make improvements to health insurance a top administrative priority. We invite ALL UC faculty and staff – at ALL campuses to sign the petition, forward the […]

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* Letter to UC regarding health care plan changes – 1/12/15

On January 12, 2015, The SCFA sent the following letter to UC President Janet Napolitano and also sent copies of the letter to half a dozen UC officers. Dwaine B. Duckett, UCOP Vice President of Human Resources responded with a letter dated January 22, 2015, available HERE. The UCSB Faculty Association also wrote to President Napolitano regarding the connection between the situations of UCSB, UCB, and UCSC in relation to Blue Shields / UC Care. You can read their letter HERE We also have linked HERE an email on failing UC Care medical plan, from former UCOP budget director Michael Rancer to UCOP’s Vice President of Human Resources Dwaine Duckett   ___________________________________________________________________________ President Janet Napolitano Office 12122 1111 Franklin Street […]

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