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What does the coalition stand for?

This summer, following the July Regents Meeting ­— at which student fees were raised by another 9.6 percent — a group of students, workers and faculty began meeting to renew our shared fight for public education and against the evisceration of the UCs. Since then, we’ve held large social gatherings
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Defining UC Berkeley’s future

The year 2011 marks unprecedented change. A “super committee” is at work in Washington, D.C., attempting to solve our nation’s debt crisis, leaving key programs like Pell Grants at stake. A budget crisis plagues Sacramento, forcing our tuition to skyrocket. Closer to home, the UC Berkeley campus is in the
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More than monetary

First came the dreaded furlough program. Then came fewer graduate student instructors due to a lack of funding, continued competitive offers from big-budget private schools and the layoffs of colleagues and friends, all while salaries for many UC faculty and staff members remained well below market rate. And yet across
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UC faculty, staff could be offered merit raises

University faculty and nonrepresented staff earning less than $200,000 annually will be eligible for merit raises under a plan announced this past week by the UC Office of the President. The pool of funds — included in the budget passed last fall by the UC Board of Regents — was
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Higher education transparency bill sent to governor

A bill that aims to bring increased transparency and accountability to California’s public higher education institutions was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk Thursday, following approval by the California State Senate. Authored by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, Senate Bill 8 was approved by the state Senate in a 36-1
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STATE LEGISLATORS PASS BUDGET PLAN, UC CUTS TOTAL $650 MILLION

After months of debate, state legislators voted late Tuesday night to pass a budget package, which brings a total $650 million cut — and a likely tuition increase — to the University of California as part of a solution to address California’s remaining $9.6 billion budget deficit. The package, which
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State Democrats pass budget bills, higher education cuts

Budget bills approved by state Democrats Wednesday to close the state’s remaining $9.6 billion deficit include a combination of tax and fee increases, spending cuts and revenue assumptions, as well as an additional $300 million in cuts to California’s higher education institutions. Among the cuts in the Democrats’ plan is
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No more hide and seek

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: Senate bill 8 is a victory for public accountability, and we hope the governor has a chance to sign it into law.

California’s public institutions of higher learning are a step closer to increased accountability after Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, announced last Wednesday that the University of California and California State University systems had dropped their opposition to SB 8, Yee’s public disclosure bill. Although we opposed previous incarnations of Yee’s
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