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Public employee unions push bill on transparency; some say it does the opposite

A union-backed measure on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk would require that a handful of cities and one county disclose more information about outsourced services, but the bill’s opponents say its real aim is to keep union labor negotiations opaque....

September 17, 2015

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Yudof’s joke is on us; we’re not amused

“The stories of my compensation are greatly exaggerated,” former University of California President Mark Yudof famously joked during the recession, after the New York Times asked whether his salary was really $828,000 a year.

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August 1, 2015

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UC paid former president Mark Yudof $546,000 in the year after he resigned

University of California paid former president Mark Yudof $546,000 in 2014 – the year after he stepped down from his post, according to salary data released by the UC system this week....

July 29, 2015

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UC raising minimum hourly wage to $15

The University of California will raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next three years for all employees, including part-time and contract workers. ...

July 22, 2015

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Budget deal brings major changes to University of California pension system

The highly public funding battle between the University of California and Gov. Jerry Brown that began last fall centered primarily on tuition levels and enrollment slots for students. But a budget deal reached this spring holds the biggest changes for future university employees....

June 25, 2015

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Address poverty by raising standards for UC contractors

Everyone agrees that rising poverty and growing income inequality are bad for California and bad for America. On what role our public institutions can play in addressing these problems, there are two sides – the side of doing something and the side of doing nothing. Most people agree that we can and must do something....

June 7, 2015

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More than money at stake in University of California budget negotiations

It started like any number of budget debates at the Capitol: The University of California argued that it has been shortchanged and students will have to bear more of its rising costs if the state doesn’t pay up....

March 24, 2015

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VIDEO: Napolitano apologizes for ‘unfortunate’ use of ‘crap’ to describe protests

A day after dismissing student protests as “crap,” University of California President Janet Napolitano apologized for her remark caught on an open mic....

March 19, 2015

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Napolitano can send a message with UC pensions

When Gov. Jerry Brown took office in 2011, one of his first acts was to make state employees give back their sweet government cellphones and state cars.

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March 13, 2015

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California Assembly to apply zero-based budgeting to UC budget

When he was inaugurated for his fourth term last month, Gov. Jerry Brown pointedly noted that California students should not have to be “the default financiers of our colleges and universities.” He’s right – especially when you consider the financial burdens placed on students and their families in recent years. ...

February 14, 2015

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