Health insurance is key to labor negotiations

Many experts argue that the problem cannot be resolved at the bargaining table
George Raine
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, September 3, 2006

In an admittedly unscientific but telling telephone survey, Ken Jacobs, chairman of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UC Berkeley, asked 21 union leaders representing 315,000 workers in California this summer whether health care would be a central issue in their contract negotiations. All 21 said it would.

Health Benefits Settlement: $640,000 Returned to UC Lecturers


Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 2:51 PM
To: All UC lecturers
Subject: Health Benefits Settlement--$640,000 to be distributed to affected members of Unit 18

Attention NSF!

Some very good news (for a change)!

UC-AFT Council Agenda, Fall 2006


Saturday, October 7, 2006

Oakland Airport Hilton Hotel
1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland

10-12 (Without Staff)
President's Report on the State of the Union
a. AFT/CFT Per Caps
b. Long-Term Projections

Expert Challenges UC on Retirement Changes

Report released as UC workers protest on each campus

OAKLAND – In a report to be released June 29, an independent expert finds that the University of California (UC) acted prematurely and without appropriate studies when it decided to make significant changes to its retirement plan earlier this year.

Venuti & Associates' Report to Unions on UCRP Funding Issues

Retirement Benefits

In our opinion, best practices must be followed before making the important decisions about restarting UCRP contributions. We believe that the Regents, as fiduciaries of the $42 billion UCRP, have not had the benefit of projections and analyses that would constitute best practices for making this type of decision.

The Great UC Social Security Scam

By Robert Weil, UC-AFT Field Representative and Part-time/Part-year Lecturer, UCSC

When people think of Social Security, they usually have in mind a universal plan that every working person is supposed to get - even those casual employees who do not have any other form of pension. Yet at the very time when President George W. Bush and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have been trying to dismantle Social Security and state retirement plans and replace them with privatized systems, few people seem aware that the University of California already denies both the federal and state plans to large numbers of its part-time and part-year employees, including hundreds of lecturers and librarians. These members of the UC work force have never even had the right to Social Security or other retirement plans that most workers, and especially, but by no means only, many elderly and retired, are now so fearful of losing.

Committee Approves Bill to Require Public Meetings

Yee’s bill would require public discussions on executive compensation by UC Regents

SACRAMENTO – A bill requiring public meetings for all discussions regarding executive compensation at the University of California (UC) was approved on a bipartisan 6-1 vote today in the State Senate Committee on Education.

The Impact of Social Security Exclusion on Part-Time Employees at the University of California

by Howard Ryan

Many part-time employees at the University of California, and also at many community colleges, are being denied the most basic form of retirement security afforded to other American workers: social security. UC denies social security (SS) coverage to any employee with an appointment of less than 50% of full time. The SS-excluded employees are denied participation in the University's defined-benefit pension program as well. In lieu of social security, and in accordance with federal law, UC requires these employees to participate in a defined contribution plan (DCP), and a 7.5% contribution is deducted from their paychecks; UC makes no contribution to the DCP.

President Dynes' Story

Buddied Up (3/23/06)
By Matt Potter
San Diego Reader
March 23, 2006

In October 2003, after seven years as chancellor at UCSD, Robert Dynes became president of the University of California. To pay tribute, a self-described "old friend" rose from his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. "I have personally observed Bob's term as chancellor and seen the determined focus of his administration to uphold the integrity of this fine university," said Randy "Duke" Cunningham.