Service workers as second-class citizens

Urban Animal

For all its daring, colossal beauty, professor Alexander Coward’s recent widely circulated email made a poor comparison that struck me. The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. Coward wrote a letter to the freshmen in his Math 1A class who were scared about the upcoming strike.
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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.
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Improving quality and accessibility of education

UC student-workers union continues the fight for public education

In recent years, much has changed in the learning and living conditions of students and workers at the University of California. Since 2008, undergraduate students’ annual tuition rates have risen more than $4,000, housing and health costs have spiked, campus workers have faced layoffs and cuts to their pension plans
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Employee strike harms patient care

Two-day strike disrupts patient care, costs university millions

The union representing University of California patient-care employees staged a two-day strike across the five UC medical centers last week, disrupting care for patients and costing the university millions of dollars. The vast majority of union-represented staff members scheduled to work showed up to do their jobs nonetheless, while picketers
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UC healthcare workers vote to strike

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 3299 announced Tuesday that its members voted to strike against the University of California for alleged prioritization of profits over patients.
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