Official Proposal about CMMU from Dean

Note: Sorry for the small image size, I’ll try to get a larger copy.

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Grad Students on Behalf of LALS Lecturers

Here is a copy of a letter going around for grad students to sign. If you are interested in signing please:

**SEND YOUR NAME AND AFFILIATION TO pascha@ucsc.edu OR
szepeda@ucsc.edu by TUESDAY, APRIL 28th**

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To: Dean Sheldon Kamieniecki, ski@ucsc.edu

Chancellor George Blumenthal, george@ucolink.org

Executive Vice Chancellor David Klinger, kliger@ucsc.edu

VP Due, Bill Ladusaw, vpdue@ucsc.edu

Re: Budget Cuts–Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Department

We write this collective letter as Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) parenthetical graduate students, and other concerned graduate students who support the LALS department, its distinguished faculty, and its strong undergraduate teaching. Since its formation in the early 1990s, LALS has supported innovative teaching and research through its commitment to interdisciplinarity. In specific, the LALS department has made nationally recognized and unprecedented strides in bridging ethnic and area studies approaches to the study of the Western hemisphere.

We strongly urge you to reconsider your recommendation to terminate Dr. Guillermo Delgado and Dr. Susanne Jonas, who are both founding members of the LALS Department and who contribute greatly to undergraduate education, mentorship, and retention of underrepresented students at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Delgado and Dr. Jonas have proven their commitment to undergraduate education as full-time teachers and continually inspire students because of their research-based courses especially in the areas of migration, indigenous and Central American studies. Potential cuts in their employment and the courses they teach would undermine important advances UCSC has made in the past several decades in the direction of both attracting and retaining underrepresented students and would thus compromise the vitality and diversity of UCSC.

As mentioned, LALS is nationally recognized as an incredibly innovative and interdisciplinary program. As graduate students, we greatly value our opportunities to work as Teaching Assistants in the LALS department. Our engagement and service in this capacity as TAs has been critical for our learning how to develop innovative curriculum based on a hemispheric approach in the study of the Americas. Moreover, this training has made us competitive relative to other recent graduates in the social sciences in this increasingly constricted job market. Both Dr. Delgado and Dr. Jonas contribute greatly to our training and mentorship and we fear that future graduate student job placement would be negatively affected by their termination.

We encourage you to consider alternative ways to manage this budget crisis, such as pay cuts to senior administrators, following the University of Delaware’s example. In contrast to the proposal under consideration at UCSC, senior administrators at the University of Delaware have opted to take a reduction in pay instead of compromising core programs and services:

“We are planning to provide previously committed salary increases for the coming year while maintaining our core programs and services to support our students, faculty research and continued services to the University community. Given the uncertain economic times, and after careful consideration, I have decided to take a 10 percent reduction in my base salary and variable merit pay for 2009 and both the Provost and Executive Vice President base salary and variable merit pay for 2009 will be reduced by five percent.”1

In addition to considering this strategy, we hope that you make every effort possible to listen to other students’ proposals and answer our questions during this period of uncertainty. Perhaps a participatory budget model would best fit this request. We are in conversation and agreement with undergraduates, staff, and faculty who also want different solutions to budgetary problems.

Thank you for your consideration of this urgent request to reconsider the importance of Dr. Guillermo Delgado and Dr. Susanne Jonas in the LALS department to the ongoing viability of the LALS department and the UCSC community in general.

1 University of Delaware President Patrick Harker, A New Year 1/11/09 Letter. http://www.udel.edu/president/letters_2.html

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Brief Reportback: April 22 Walkout

note: this is not an official release. Please feel free to comment and share your perspectives on the event!

The rally at the Quarry had approximately 300 people. There was a lot of energy and the several speakers at the event were vocal against the budget cuts. Among the speakers at the event included students and lecturers from affected departments and programs. Some media was present.

Next week, another rally is planned for Wednesday, noon, at the Quarry Plaza.

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Walkout Against LALS Terminations!

This Wednesday at noon, meeting in Quarry Plaza!

More information can be found here

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e² Budget Forum

The organization e-squared (aka. Engaging Education) is holding a forum on the budget after the newUC community forum.

See this flyer for more details.

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UC-AFT to hold Teach-Out

UC-AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is holding a teach out. This was recently released:

The National New Majority Faculty Day
TEACH-OUT
Thursday, April 30th 2009
12 – 1pm, UCSC Baytree Plaza

* Fight Cuts & Defend Quality Education including Community Studies and other vital UCSC programs
* Demand Justice for Lecturers, Librarians, TA’s, and Campus Staff who are under attack by budget cuts and misplaced priorities
* Prioritize Students who are tired of paying more but getting less

On April 30th faculty members at UC will be holding classes outside to draw attention to the fact that most of the people teaching in higher education do not have tenure and have limited academic freedom and job security.

The current budget situation exposes the vulnerability of non-senate faculty, as well as students, staff, and libraries.  Students are paying more and more, but getting fewer course offerings, bigger class sizes, and decreased services.

It is time for UC to prioritize its education mission. Together, non-senate faculty, librarians, campus staff, and students will demand justice at UC.

Here’s how you can participate Thursday, April 30th:

•    Come to the Teach-Out at 12 Noon at Baytree Plaza to help get our message out to the campus and the media
•    Teach all or part of your classes outside to make the valuable work of Non-Senate faculty more visible*
•    Spread the word about the Teach-Out to friends, colleagues, and students

* If your classes are M, W, F, we encourage you to hold class outdoors on Friday, May 1st (International Labor Day) instead.

for more information about this event you can contact UC-AFT field representative Allison Guevara: AGuevara.UCAFT [at] gmail.com

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Two LALS Professors to be Terminated

According to the director of the Chicano/Latino Research Center (CLRC), Dr. Gabriela Arredondo, two professors from the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Department are being terminated. This is the letter Dr. Arredondo released:

As a response to the current budget crisis, Social Sciences Dean Sheldon Kamieniecki is recommending the termination of Dr. Susanne Jonas and Dr. Guillermo Delgado, founding members of the CLRC, long-time research fellows, and founding members of the LALS Department.

As many of you know, they are valued and treasured teachers. Dr. Jonas joined the UCSC community in 1986; Dr. Delgado joined us in 1989. In addition to teaching successfully six courses per year, both are internationally distinguished scholars whose research is published in leading journals and presses both in the U.S. and in Latin America.

Dr. Delgado (PhD, UT Austin) is an advisor to the President of Bolivia and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of LASA. He is a specialist in Latin American comparative indigeneity; indigenous property rights; cultures of the sacred; Quechua/Andean linguistics, culture theory, and anthropology in the developing world.

Dr. Jonas (PhD, UC Berkeley) recently received a prestigious award from ALAS (Asociacion Latinoamericano de Sociologia) and is an internationally renowned scholar on Central America. She is a specialist in Central American immigration and Latino communities in the U.S., comparative Latin American politics, Central American binational organizing, U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, the Left in Latin America, and comparative peace processes in Central America.

As many of you already know, colleagues in the Community Studies Department are also facing extreme consequences under proposed budget cuts.

The CLRC invites you to join us in firmly supporting our colleagues. Please share this information widely. Your expressed support and active opposition to the termination of Dr. Delgado and Dr. Jonas is critical in these difficult times.

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The Project Released! (vol5 iss2)

The Project Newspaper/Magazine has been released. You can see a copy by clicking this link or pick up a paper copy on campus.

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newUC on KPFA

Sunday April 12th, Laura Martin, co-founder of the newUC project, was briefly interviewed about the upcoming Community Forum on KPFA Evening News. Her portion of the broadcast starts at 20 minutes in, click here for the full broadcast.

 

KPFA is a listener supported radio station in Berkeley, CA.

Special thanks to Veronica Faisant for the interview.

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April 7 Com. Studies Meeting Reportback

Meeting took place on April 7th, 2009 at 6pm. Following this meeting was another meeting that is not covered in this reportback. Note, CMMU is an abbreviation for Community Studies.

The Dean is the one pursuing the funding cuts that would demolish the CMMU department. However, the Dean cannot by himself do anything other than start the process. Afterwards, it must go through several different committees and finally the Executive Vice Chancellor has the final decision making power.

As far as students are concerned with finishing their degree; students have “catalog rights” that allow students that haven’t even declared yet to declare CMMU since it was available upon your enrollment. With that said, this may still be difficult since lecturers are not protected by catalog rights and might be shut out of teaching courses integral for the students’ success.

The department is asking for e-mails to be sent to the proper contacts (listed on their website) with a CC to the CMMU@ucsc.edu (CC is carbon copy of the email). Furthermore, they are asking everyone to contact state representatives that can put pressure on the UC administration. The department has created a flyer for organizing details and have posted that on their campaign website as well, a link is at the bottom of the article.

A student lead organization is being formed to fight the cut. You can contact them to get involved at saveCMMU@gmail.com

Many organizations came to support the CMMU campaign including e-squared (engaging education) and a Santa Cruz AIDS project. Also, on behalf of newUC, Emma announced our community forum and expressed our support for CMMU.

One issue raised about the impact of shutting down CMMU included the enormous work done by CMMU field studies into promoting health in the community that might jeopardize a great deal of volunteer work.

CMMU staff encouraged more actions and suggested one around the Alumni Reunion days (around April 26th)

The Bottom Line (as stated by CMMU chair): the UC needs more transparency in its budget cuts.

Save Community Studies Website: http://communitystudies-ucsc.pbwiki.com

Video Coverage by City on a Hill Press: http://www.vimeo.com/4073923

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Community Forum – April 15th

“We will not pay for your crisis!”

Concerned about class sizes, the conditions of your labor on campus, increased tuition, the elimination of jobs, rent hikes, and poverty wages?

What: A public space to discuss, and plan action against the long running corporatization of UCSC as well as the priorities of the UC administrators during this financial crisis. The Forum intends to bring a wide range of voices together from undergraduates, campus workers, graduate students, professors/lectures, to union members in order to advance an alternative vision of a truly public university, so that we can build the foundation to challenge the UC’s logic of scarcity.

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 – 5pm to 7pm

Who: you, members of campus organizations, workers, community members.

Where: Conference Room D (Above the Baytree Bookstore)

Action: not only will we discuss our points of commonality at the forum, we will actively plan a Day of Action to begin to make our voices heard.

(a new UC project)
Flyers: full page 1 & quarter sheets 1

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Meeting This Week!

During yesterday’s spring break meeting, we decided to hold this week’s meeting at 6:30pm at Stevenson Cafe (3/31/2009). We will hopefully have a place to meet by next week as a permanent location. Furthermore, Ryan is compiling a list of schedules people have for this quarter to determine the best possible meeting time for this quarter, so it is possible that both the meeting time and the meeting location will be different starting next week. Please check your e-mail and respond to Ryan’s e-mail with your schedule/times that work for you as soon as possible. If you are not on the listserv and would like to be please contact us.

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Rent Hikes for Family Student Housing!

According to Indybay, at the March 16th meeting discussing the status of FSH:

…officials assured everyone that the rent, which is far more expensive than comparable units at other UC’s, and which has gone up 56% in the last nine years, needs to go up another 7.5%. They explained that due to the Long Range Development Plan, residents need to pay much of their rent into future housing costs, some of which would go into doubling the units at family student housing.

There will be another meeting tonight (3/30/2009) from 5:45pm to 7:30pm in the Affiliates Building at Family Student Housing.

Click here for the whole article.

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UC Unions Speak Out Against Executive Pay

Check out this new article by CUE and UPTE in the SF Chronicle about executive pay at the UC.

The bottom line is that the number of UC executives earning more than $200,000 nearly tripled in recent years

(note: thanks john)

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Important! Meeting Location Change!

Due to unexpected circumstances, we are no longer able to meet in Humanities I – Room 200. We will be meeting in the Stevenson Cafe (same time/day… 6pm Tuesday) for this week.

update: We need help finding a permanent place to meet. We are currently considering off-campus locations as well as a few other campus locations, if you have ideas please leave a comment.

(note: We will be meeting Tuesday of Finals week)

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Reportback: UC Budget Meeting – Student Affairs

UC Budget Meeting (Th – Mar 12)
Hosted by SUA – Guests: Administrators of Student Affairs

A 2 hour meeting approximately. A presentation was given by SUA with intermittent discussion periods in between slides. Then a question and answer period with Student Affairs administrators, among which included Felicia McGinty.

According to Felicia McGinty:
-115 million dollars in cut to the entire UC confirmed
-Another 50 million dollars in cuts possibly, depending on the Obama Stimulus
-Net Cut can reach 450 million dollars (to UC system)
-Total UCSC cut totals 13 million dollars
-Of which, UCSC Student Affairs will be cut 3 million; 1.5m in programs and 1.5m in housing
-UCSC endowment has been affected by the budget crisis to some extent

Additional Notes:

-questions were raised regarding the general state of and how cuts will affect: AB540 students (undocumented), outreach to communities of color, among other things. Michelle Whittingham indirectly answered some of these questions by giving examples of successful programs in place (note: the lack of direct answers were abundant at the meeting and may have been partly due to the unfinalized nature of where the cuts were going)
-Most students in attendance seemed unwilling to submit to any cuts at all.
-In response to a question about student fees, Felicia McGinty said that certain fees (reg. fees?) go to UCSC, while some other fees are given to the UC system to divide up. She stated that most of the fees that students pay that go to the UC system are from there disproportionately distributed to the campuses with medical centers (particularly UCLA and UCSF). In other words, a good chunk of the money that UCSC students pay to the UC doesn’t actually go to UCSC. According to Felicia McGinty, George Blumenthal has been a strong advocate for this issue and has been lobbying the Regents to change the redistribution system of fees.

There was a comprehensive powerpoint presentation by SUA. For more information contact SUA. SUA Commissioner of Academic Affairs: Matt Palmer: mpalm@ucsc.edu or coaa.sua@gmail.com

For those interested: Student Affairs Organizational Structure

Budget Forum Powerpoint (courtesy of SUA)

Quote of the night:

“Its pathetic we live in a state that has a larger budget for prisons than education” -Felicia McGinty

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Community Forum

Although still in preliminary stages. We will be holding a “community forum” to discuss issues at the UC on April 15th. More information to come!

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Chancellor Town Hall tonight (Mon. Feb. 23rd)

Hey all,

Looks like the chancellor is having a town hall type event up at Merrill Cultural Center 7-9 PM. Should anyone have some questions, might be one place to ask.

Felicia McGinty Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Bill Laudusaw Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education are said to attend as well.

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Budget signed in…

In brief,

“This afternoon, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the state budget adopted by the Legislature for the rest of 2008-09 and the 2009-10 fiscal year, closing our state’s $42 billion deficit. The plan incorporates a framework of revenue increases, spending reductions and other actions. While the budget plan includes $115 million in new permanent funding cuts for the University of California system, UC will be impacted by a total $450 million shortfall consisting of the $115 million in new cuts, $122 million in underfunded enrollments and $213 million in unfunded mandatory costs over the two-year period for utilities, employee health benefits and other inflationary costs.

The University does not yet have information on how the budget will affect student fee levels for fall 2009. The Regents will take up that subject at a meeting this spring; the timing has yet to be determined.”

Also, jarring that “human capital” was the first thing I read on the page.

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Environmental Studies budget meeting of sorts

So I just returned from the event by Environmental Studies on the budget. The interesting point was that I was nearly the only person who wanted to know more about the budget.

However, Daniel Press did provide more insight on how the budget works. He explained that the UC is not like a private university where the deans get a pot of money to divy up. The ENVS department recieves its permanent faculty budget from the state, however funds for TA-ships and some other funds make up their instructional budget come from the Dean, but Daniel was somewhat vague as to how that worked. He mentioned that Kliger was above the deans, but would probably say he didn’t have money or discretion either, which he would have some more discretion but ultimately it did not sound like he would be in charge of the budget necessarily.

What I draw from this is that we will just be fighting amongst ourselves for more money for our various projects if we direct our action at Kliger or the Chancellor. Certainly we could potentially gain more democracratic control of our education here at UCSC by directing actions at Kliger and the Chancellor, but it seems to me like actually having democratic gains would be had through a statewide struggle for education to be a priority of the state and the nation.

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Hypotheses, resources on budget process

Hi everybody,

Here are the links that I brought to the meeting yesterday.  Right now I’m working with a hypothesis that leads to some questions that I suspect the administration wouldn’t want to answer.  Also, I have some suggested demands for info based on certain gaps in the info that the administration has published.

findings

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AFSCME 3299 Contract Details

The following is an excerpt from http://www.afscme3299.org:

After a year and half of negotiations, we have reached a historic contract with UC!  Despite UC’s excuse that they didn’t have any money, our militant actions, hard work and determination made UC agree to our major demands! We have fundamentally changed UC to improve the lives of the thousands of the lowest paid workers at UC!

Issue: Tentative Agreement
ATBs Year 1: 4% (3 % FULL retro to 10-1-08 + 1% 7-1-09) GUARANTEED

Year 2: 3%  GUARANTEED

Year 3: 3% GUARANTEED

Year 4: 3% – We have right to strike if the money is not there

Year 5: 3% – We have right to strike if the money is not there

Total: 16% – 10% guaranteed + 6% dependent on state funding

Steps Initial Placement: 1 step credit for every 2 year seniority in current title (10/1/09)

With additional annual movement to bring everyone up to their correct step at time of ratification.

2% Automatic Seniority Based Steps Guaranteed with automatic annual movement between steps (starting 7/1/09 & annual thereafter)

Guaranteed minimum 6% in steps increases for eligible employees!

Minimum Wage $14/hour guaranteed statewide minimum wage by the end of the contract (immediately  increased to $12/hour, and then $12.50/hour on 10/1/09)
Pension Protection Service workers’ future contributions to UCRP will be the same that PCT negotiates.

No reduction in take-home pay, instead when University contributions to UCRP resume Service workers will re-direct 2% contribution from DCP to the UCRP.

Healthcare Protection Same as PCT: 12% cap on healthcare increases over any 2 year period, starting with 2008
Overtime OT after shift & double time pay after 12 hours in the 10/1/2012
Education Leave Immediately increased from 24 hours to 40 hours per year
Equity Same as PCT: Decreases new hire inequity from 5% to 2% immediately and eliminates it completely by end of the contract
Parking Same as PCT: Caps on increases for parking rates (varies by campus; most annual increases capped at $5-$10/ month)
No Discrimination Same as PCT: Better protections against discrimination of immigrant workers

Yes, we did!

  • Fundamentally changed the pay system at UC to one that rewards our seniority!
  • For the first time ever, won guaranteed raises that are not dependent on state funding!
  • Secured the best benefits protections we have ever had!
  • Increased the statewide minimum wage by over $3/hour by the
    end of the contract!
  • For the first time ever, caps on parking rate increases!

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A Statement (a work in progress)

This statement is a work in progress and is not (yet) an official statement of our coalition.

“UC executives claim that we are in a
state of crisis, a crisis that will force us to “tighten our belts.”
But whose belts, and on whose terms?  Not the executives themselves,
but the families, workers, and students, the vast majority of those
tied to the UC system.  “Tightening our belts” is a threat to increase
class sizes, eliminate jobs, perpetuate poverty wages, and hike up
student fees. This climate of fear presents us with stark choices:  affordable,
quality education versus dignity for UC workers; research versus teaching;
manageable class sizes versus access to education.  If we view education as a
commodity, then we will succumb to these false choices.  But
if we are able to advance an alternative vision of a truly public
university, then we can build the foundation to challenge the UC’s
logic of scarcity.

We are a coalition in formation that is working to develop collective struggle to
save quality of education in the UC from regressive, belt-tightening attacks, to
ensure universal access to education, and to promote the freedom of thought in the
university.  We call for transparency in the UC budget and accountability for the
executives who make decisions that affect our lives.  We also seek to
change the current autocratic structure of decision-making by building
a coalition of students, workers, educators, parents, and community members.  We
refuse to fight over pieces of a shrinking pie; we
will work instead to create a space to understand the points of
connection of our various struggles.  Despite the apparent
contradictions, in this moment we need each other to fight back against
the cuts and develop a vision of a different, better UC.”

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