Dear Mary McIlroy,
UAW graduate students and UPTE/CWA technical employees at the Berkeley campus of the University of California plan informational leafleting/picketing next Tuesday, Dec. 15. We are advised that no work stoppage is planned and no one is asked to stop work, deliveries, or services.
You are invited to join the coalition to protest all of the outrages at UC – layoffs, fee hikes, executive salaries, arrests of protesting students.
 PRESS ADVISORY for December 15, 2009
UAW CONTACT: Matthew “Oki” O’Connor, (510) 932-8418                   
UPTE-CWA CONTACT: Jelger Kalmijn, (619) 370-3753
Grant revenue up dramatically as UC rejects proposals
to increase salaries and improve benefits
UC hides behind California budget crisis; researchers, technicians and
postdoctoral scholars to protest at all campuses
WHO:              Researchers and technicians represented by UPTE-CWA, and postdoctoral scholars represented by UAW, together with allies from the campus community, labor and elected leaders.


WHAT:            Press conference and informational picket at UC Berkeley. Informational picket on every UC campus and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Scheduled speakers at Berkeley include representatives of House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey; Sharon Cornu , Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Victor Sanchez, President, UC Student Association; postdoctoral scholars, researchers and technicians


WHERE:          Press conference and information picket at UC Berkeley-- Corner of Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft (South Entrance to Campus).  Information picket on every UC campus and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.


WHEN:            Tuesday, December 15, 2009.  12-1PM.


WHY:               9,000 Researchers and technicians and 6,000 postdoctoral scholars are paid from federal not state money.  UC’s revenue from federal agencies is increasing dramatically—including cost-of-living escalators in grants—and UC is prohibited by agreements with funding agencies from using these revenues to substitute for the loss of state funds.  Nevertheless, UC is hiding behind the California state budget crisis to propose cutting health benefits and zero salary increases for these workers.



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