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November 23, 2009

UC Solidarity Banner Drop!

Submitted by anonymous on November 20, 2009 – 8:55pm

Education is NOT for Sale. Support the UC Strike.

Two banners were dropped on the University of Illinois campus by a group of anonymous activists in the early morning of November 20th in solidarity with the UC occupations and the UC strike. This banner drop follows a three day strike in the UC college system, national and international solidarity actions with UC, and the recent local success of the Graduate Employee’s Organization in obtaining a fair contract.

One banner, hung off the English building, reads “Education is NOT for Sale. Support the UC strike.” The International Students Movement’s statement “Education is not for sale” speaks to both the UC strike and the continuation of the fight against the privatization of public education in an attempt to make college more accessible. Another banner that briefly hung off the Alma Mater, alluding to cuts in the state budget and the continued pay disparity between administrators and other workers at the university, read “Chop from the Top. Solidarity with UC.”

In the UC college system, students are facing a fee increase of 32% over the next two years. The fee increase, approved by the Board of Regents on November 18th, includes an increase from $7,788 to $8,373 by winter quarter and to $10,302 from summer 2010 through the following academic year. This fee increase marks the ninth time in seven years that the UC Regents has supported an increase in the tuition fees of undergraduates. The UC college system is also increasing layoffs, furloughs and reducing nonunion salaries and retention rates.

The UC strike is just one fight in the battle against the privatization and increasingly limited access to public higher education. Locally, the graduate student union held a two day strike for a fair contract, eventually winning contract language that increases the minimum stipend, guarantees tuition waivers and provides better access to health and child care. In Champaign-Urbana, California, and New York, students are standing in solidarity with the struggles of those who seek to maintain public access to higher education.

The struggle isn’t just here, it’s everywhere!

Alma Mater Banner Drop

Submitted by anonymous on November 20, 2009 – 9:02pm.

Alma Mater Banner Drop

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  1. moravecglobal permalink
    December 4, 2009 4:20 pm

    UC Layoffs, Furloughs Budget Cuts: $ 3 Million Extravagant Spending by Yudof/Birgeneau for Consultants – Work Can Be Done Internally.
    Save $3,000,000 for teaching students. Do the work internally with the resources of the UCB Academic Senate Leadership (C. Kutz/ F. Doyle), the world – class UCB faculty and staff, & UCB Chancellor’s stable of blotted staff (G. Breslauer, N. Brostrom, F. Yeary, P. Hoffman etc) & President Yudof.

    President Yudof has a UCB Chancellor that should do the high paid work he is paid for instead of hiring an East Coast consulting firm to do the work of his job. ‘World class’ smart executives like Chancellor Birgeneau need to do the analysis, hard work and make the difficult tough decisions to identify inefficiencies!

    Where do consulting firms like Bain ($3,000,000 consultants) get their recommendations?
    From interviewing the senior management that hired them and will be approving their monthly consultant fees and expense reports. Remember the nationally known auditing firm who said the right things and submitted recommendations that senior management wanted to hear and fooled government oversight agencies and the public? Impartial consultants never bite the hands(Birgeneau/Yeary) that feed them.

    Mr. Birgeneau’s performance management work accountabilities include “inspiring innovation and leading change.” This involves “defining outcomes, energizing others at all levels and ensuring continuing commitment.” Instead of demonstrating his leadership by fulfill the senior management work of his job, Mr. Birgeneau outsourced them. Doesn’t he engage University of California and University of California Berkeley (UCB) people at all levels to help examine the budget and recommend the necessary $150 million trims? Hasn’t he talked to Cornell and the University of North Carolina – which also hired Bain — about best practices and recommendations that might apply to UCB cuts?

    No wonder the faculty, staff and Californians are angry and suspicious. Three million dollars is a high price for students and Californians to pay when a knowledgeable ‘world-class’ UCB Chancellor and his bloated staff are not doing the work of their job.

    A reminder UC/UCB: California is in an economic recession! Save $3 million.

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