Pension funds can be an answer to Occupy’s call

One of the central criticisms to the Occupy movement — both from supporters and dissenters — has been its lack of a plan, a focus — of something other than occupying. People have come out in droves all over the country, from Wall Street in New York City to Huntington,
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Governor’s budget is a welcome relief despite new obstacles

Andrew Albright and Sydney Fang authored this op-ed. On Jan. 5th, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, laying out how he will address the $9.2 billion budget deficit. His budget includes cuts to services such as education and welfare, in addition to taxes to
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Protecting patients in the workplace

Greetings, UC Berkeley students. Are any of you graduating soon? Do you use marijuana for medical reasons? Do you want to get a job when you graduate? Tough luck. Many are unaware that the California Supreme Court has ruled that employers may fire anyone who fails a drug test, even
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A continued struggle for public education

The crisis of the University of California has, of late, come to the forefront of our thoughts and discussions about the role of government in our lives. As the recession plows forward, the state finds itself with less and less money by the day. Funds are divested, year after year,
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Whistling in the dark: Berkeley budget woes

A couple years ago, the City of Vallejo went bankrupt, blaming unsustainable costs of wage and benefit packages negotiated with employee unions. Two months ago, Pleasant Hill, despairing of a negotiated settlement with the unions, imposed a salary freeze on its workers and dramatically reduced pension benefits for future hires.
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CALPIRG: A voice for the public

CALPIRG interns and volunteers have engaged thousands of students here at Cal this semester, from asking students to sign petitions to ban plastic bags, collecting donations for famine relief in Somalia, student pledges to reduce energy overuse, signatures to urge Congress to cut wasteful subsidies to big agribusiness or pledges
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Our campus is not a war zone

In person, Bob Birgeneau is an affable man — a textbook example of a gentle Canadian neighbor. Years ago, as MIT’s Dean of Science, he used to command universal adoration and respect. Sadly, today’s Chancellor Birgeneau appears largely divorced from the Dean Birgeneau that I once admired while a graduate
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The straw that broke the student’s back

As a proud University of California graduate, I sincerely believe that public education enables everyone to pursue their dreams and move our nation forward. With a troubled economy and millions of Americans out of work through no fault of their own, it is even more important that lawmakers invest in
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