A more perfect union: How 7 UC Berkeley faculty members changed history through unionizing almost 50 years ago

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They voted to form an AFT council specific to the University of California, creating the University Council-AFT, which currently represents more than 3,300 librarians and non-Academic Senate faculty members such as lecturers, has staff on all 10 UC campuses and continues to enter into regular negotiations with the UC Office of the President, or UCOP, over salaries, job security, job roles and more.
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Mostly white UC Regents board juxtaposed with diverse UC Berkeley population

Gov. Gavin Newsom must diversify UC Board of Regents

STATE ISSUES: Diversity at the top encourages diversity at the bottom. Newsom must do better than his predecessors on appointing regents

At the end of his term, former governor Jerry Brown appointed Jonathan “Jay” Sures to the UC Board of Regents — a white man to an already predominantly white male board. Gov. Gavin Newsom must not fall in the footsteps of his predecessors and appoint regents that reflect the diversity of California.
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In first budget proposal, Gov. Gavin Newsom shows his commitment to students

STATE ISSUES: Gov. Gavin Newsom set himself apart from his predecessor with his $1.4 billion increase to higher education in his first budget proposal. We just hope this trend continues.

Last week, newly-elected Gov. Gavin Newsom released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year — one that includes greater investments in California’s future with a clear commitment to equality. After former governor Jerry Brown’s disappointing last term, it’s refreshing to see that Newsom is already keeping his promises to his constituents.
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