Category Archives: Faculty Welfare

UCSB FA Executive Board Endorses CSU Strike

The UCSB Faculty Association executive board endorses the five-day strike scheduled for all California State University campuses April 13-15 and April 18-19. It has been called by the California Faculty Association, the union representing faculty at the nation’s largest institution of higher education. The CFA is fighting for a 5% pay increase after years of declining real wages, plus service step increases for many eligible faculty. Despite a breakthrough report by an impartial fact finder, which validates the union’s demand and the capacity of CSU Read More +

Judith Butler’s Statement on UC Regents’ Proposed Principles Against Intolerance

Below is some extremely pertinent news for all of us, especially following the FA’s forum on Academic Freedom & Shared Governance earlier this month. Both introduction and statement taken from Remaking the University here where it was originally posted by Chris Newfield.   Most of this text was read at the UC Regents Public Comment session this morning in San Francisco.  Following public comment, the regents rejected the original text of the “Principles Against Intolerance”to which this statement refers. Thenew preamble text reads, “Anti-Semitism, Anti-Semitic forms of Read More +

Understanding UCOP Task Force on Pension Benefits

As many of you know, UCOP has appointed task force of UC faculty, staff and administrators to develop a new set of retirement benefit options for the UC to offer future employees hired on or after July 1, 2016, which has numerous implications for current and new faculty, including reduced pension benefits for future employees. Information on that task force can be found here. For information surrounding this issue you may visit this page on the Remaking the University blog, which gives an outline of the Read More +