UC service workers rally against cuts to health benefits and pensions

Surprise, surprise: the UC administration is attempting to cut the health care and pension benefits of some of the lowest paid workers on campuses across the state.  Service workers — custodians, dining hall attendants, gardeners, and others — are being asked to take massive cuts to their health care coverage when many of them make as little in take-home pay as $22,000 annually.  Today AFSCME 3299 workers and their allies picketed on UC campuses across the state.  At UC Berkeley, dozens marched at Telegraph and Bancroft, with allies from the recently victorious AWDU caucus in UAW 2865, UFCW Local 5, and Kriss Worthington from the Berkeley City Council.

No cuts to workers’ benefits!  Chop from the top!

Slash the bloated bureaucratic-administrative apparatus!


2 responses to “UC service workers rally against cuts to health benefits and pensions

  1. Milan Moravec

    UC Berkeley Alumni can save University of California. As many Californians face foreclosure, unemployment and depressed wages it’s about time that the timid University of California Board of Regents and UC President Mark Yudof reined in administrative and compensation costs.
    As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private and public universities in the USA. If the wages are better elsewhere, UC paid employees need to apply for the positions. If wages are what keep UC paid employees committed to the University of California, leave for the better-paying position. Talented, experienced UC employees are ready to be promoted to the vacated positions. The sky will not fall at UC.
    Wages at the UC need to reflect California’s ability to pay not what others are being paid. California is in the worst deficit in modern times.
    Current UCOP, campus chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured and non tenured faculty are replaceable by like or more talented individuals. A rose bush blooms after pruning.
    Here is what we should do:
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries and $50 million cut.
    18 percent pruned from campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of Academic Senate costs, wages at UCOP and all campuses

    The UC Board of Regents can begin now to bridge the trust gap with Californians by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California. Everyone is replaceable at the University of California system. The sky has not and will not fall.
    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: Let the Governor and Legislature make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Then come to Californians for specified, continuing or new taxes.
    Thanking you in advance for your partnership and for standing up for all Californians and the University of California.

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