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UC and CSU College safety: Money needed to catch up on deferred maintenance

When the University of California's largest union and its administrators settled a two year contract dispute this spring, each side pledged to work with the other in promoting shared principles like urging state legislators to re-invest in higher education. This is not a new concept. The campaign to pass Prop. 30 back in 2012, for example, would not have been possible without this kind of cooperation....

August 15, 2014

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Viewpoints: UC has a labor-relations problem

In Dwaine Duckett’s commentary “UC doesn’t deserve labor smear tactic” (Viewpoints, Jan. 28), he alleged that it was unreasonable for AFSCME-represented UC employees to demand the same respect and dignity that is afforded other UC workers who serve the same people in the same facilities....

January 31, 2014

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Troubling double standard present in UC negotiations with members of AFSCME

If one were to summarize UC President Janet Napolitano’s first few months on the job in the form of a question, it would go something like this: Is there an inequity problem at the university?...

January 23, 2014

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Submission: UC must make worker safety a priority

There are two parts to the ongoing dispute between the University of California and the system’s largest union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, Local 3299. Both our contract negotiations and the unfair labor practices that our members have faced at the workplace are linked by a single issue: safety....

November 19, 2013

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Time for the UC system to cap high-end pensions

If you want to know what's going on at the University of California's taxpayer-subsidized hospitals, please do your own homework. You'll find growing questions about patient safety and the system's preparedness for the Affordable Care Act. You'll see hundreds of thousands of dollars in government fines, dozens of routine safety violations, a million-dollar legal settlement stemming from patient neglect as well as a legislative audit of the system's finances and staffing levels....

August 8, 2013

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Reigning in golden handshakes at UC

While Americans don’t seem to agree on much these days, there has been a growing public consensus on the issue of reforming public employee pensions. Virtually no one thinks “public servants” should be receiving taxpayer-subsidized payouts as large as $300,000 per year for life when they are no longer working. That’s because the money must be diverted from critical health and welfare programs, classrooms and public hospitals. ...

July 29, 2013

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Pushing back for patient care

This week, UC administrators have pushed an estimated 13,000 UC medical center patient-care workers, members of AFSCME 3299, into a two-day strike. It’s important to be clear on what this is all about: patient care....

May 22, 2013

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Short staffing at UC hospitals is putting patients at risk

As patients, we expect our hospital rooms, beds and operating tables to be clean and sanitized. We expect medical equipment that works and sufficient numbers of patient-care staff to be available when we call for help. We expect facilities to be safe and secure. And we expect to be treated just as well as any other patient....

April 15, 2013

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Joining the Protest

The new pension plan going into effect this July will place an unfair financial burden on UC employees. As students who see the hard work of these workers firsthand, we should support workers in the protest....

February 7, 2013

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Ryan Nelson: UC should provide fairer compensation for workers

Across California, from San Diego to Los Angeles to Berkeley, service and medical workers took up signs and megaphones to protest a contract put forth by the University of California that would require the workers to pay more into the UC Retirement Plan....

February 4, 2013

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