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This Week's News

The stories in our media archive feature UC-AFT members addressing issues that affect the quality and security of our positions within the University, including the affordability, accessibility, and quality of undergraduate education at UC. 


From the Week of May 31, 2021 (Unit 18 strike authorization vote coverage)

UC faculty authorize potential strike for better job security, higher pay  SF Chronicle

UC lecturers vote to authorize strike Davis Enterprise

Union representing University of California lecturers votes to authoirze strike  EdSouce June 1

UC lecturers union votes overwhelming to authorize strike  All Things Considered KCRW NPR (5:33 on the counter)

UC lecturers authorize strike in Fall  KTVU San Francisco

University of California LecturersUnanimously Authorize Potential Strike CBS Bay Area

Univeristy of California Lecturer Union to Hold Possible Strike KFBK News

Another UC strike looming? Clouds gather at UCSC, elsewhere are lecturers authorize walkout Lookout Santa Cruz

From the Week of April 5, 2021

A 21st century workforce: Lecturers assert their place at University of California Daily Cal

From the Week of March 29, 2021

A New Deal for College Teachers and Teaching  AAUP Academe by Mia McIver and Trevor Griffey

From the Week of February 8, 2021

Career paths for lecturers necessary for student success  Daily Cal Op-Ed by Mia McIver

From the Week of February 1, 2021

UC Lecturers Reach Full Year without a Contract, Bargaining Continues  City on Hill Press

UC-AFT holds virtual teaching faculty rally to settle contract Daily Cal

UC Faculty Demands Job Stability, Fair Wages after Many Colleagues Lost Jobs, Medical Benefits Davis Vanguard

From the Week of January 25, 2021

UC-AFT, UCOP continue talks on job stability, compensation Daily Cal

From the Week of November 30, 2020

Under Pressure from the Pandemic, UC Lecturers' Union Pushes for New Contracts with Better Protections  Daily Nexus

From the Week of November 23, 2020

For educational, occupational stability, grant lecturers fair contracts  Daily Cal Editorial 

From the Week of October 12, 2020

Opinion: UC has a duty to provide job security and stability pay for lecturers  Daily Bruin

From the Week of August 17, 2020

UC lecturers rally statewide for greater job protections  Davis Enterprise

UC lecturers call on UC President Michael Drake for job security  Daily Californian

UC-AFT Local 1990 holds protest demanding greater job security outside regents home  Daily Bruin

Op-ed: UC-AFT Calls on President Michael Drake to Increase Job Security  Daily Bruin

From the Week of June 8, 2020

Students and Staff Oppose COVID-Inspired Disaster Capitalism on US Campuses

From the Week of May 11, 2020

Hundreds of UC Lecturers Fear Losing Their Jobs  SF Chronicle

From the Week of April 13, 2020

UC leacturers want university to provide resources to teach from home SF Chronicle  ('s a PDF.)

UC-AFT leaders speak on UC's lack of support amid COVID-19, online instruction  Daily Bruin

From the Week of April 6, 2020

Next Level Precarity Inside Higher Ed

From the Week of May 13, 2019

UC Academic Lecturers Seek Improved Working Conditions Bottom Line

From the Week of October 29, 2018

Panel speaks out against '2nd class' treatment of lecturers Daily Cal

From the Week of October 22, 2018

‘Only one clear answer’: Campus librarians protest over contract negotiations with the UC  Daily Cal

"Nobody should have to deal with these conditions:" Union workers continue 2nd day of 3 day strike Daily Cal

From the Week of October 15, 2018

UC Librarians Fight for Academic Freedom, Pay Equity  Academe Blog

From the Week of October 8, 2018

Checking Out: Support the Librarians in their Demand for Better Labor Conditions  The Guardian

From the Week of July 30, 2018

Librarians bargain with UC about academic freedom and temporary positions Daily Bruin

UCLA Library's reliance on temporary workers is unethical, inefficient  Daily Bruin Op-Ed by  Daniel Schoorl

From the Week of June 25, 2018

UC Students and Faculty Call for Divestment from Defense Contractor Involved in Family Separation Policy The Triton

From the Week of May 1, 2018

Librarians Fight for a Pay Raise with Help from a Student  The Bottom Line

Librarians and UC Begin Negotiations for New Contract City on a Hill Press

From the Week of April 23, 2018

UCSB Librarians Join Contract Negotiation Meetings  The Bottom Line

From the Week of April 16, 2018

UC Librarians Begin Contract Negotiations for Higher Salaries The Daily Californian 

From the Week of March 19, 2018

Libraries are the Heart of UC Berkeley    The Daily Californian

From the Week of April 4, 2016

Sanders-Clinton divide simmers among teachers Politico w/ Bob Samuels

From the Week of March 28, 2016

Report Blasts UC Out of State Admissions Santa Barbara Independent w/ Bob Samuels

State auditor blasts UC over tuition policy Sac Bee

Indicting Linda Katehi  Davis Vanguard

From the Week of March14, 2016

Unions face delays in handling grievances as state agency backlog persists  Daily Californian

From the Week of February 8, 2016

Lecturers in limbo Daily Cal featuring several lecturers

Tentative Contract at UC Schools Boosts Pay, Increases Job Security  USC Annenberg Media

Lecturers' union, UC reach agreement regarding new employee contract  Daily Bruin

UC lecturers would get pay boost, earlier mentoring under contract agreement  Los Angeles Times

Lecturers' union, UC reach tentative contract agreement  Daily Californian

Sanders Against the System: A Teaching Moment Huffington Post by Bob Samuels

From the Week of February 1, 2016

U of California to Make 5 Million in Loans to Undocumented Students  Public New Service  w/ Bob Samuels

From the Week of November 30, 2015

UC Irvine lecturers protest for better pay, benefits O.C. Register

Lecturer Union Protests for Better Teaching and Working Conditions New University

From the Week of November 16, 2015

Protesters rally for job security, benefits, compensation for lecturers  Daily Cal w/ video

KPFA coverage of Nov 18 Rally fro Fair Contract at UC Berkeley   KPFA Radio  (begins at 39:37)

From the Week of November 2, 2015

UC sets bad example for students in treatment of lecturers  Daily Cal editorial

From the Week of October 26, 2015

Lecturers Demand Job Security, Fair Wages  City on Hill Press

UC must increase transparency, stop deferral of labor disputes  Daily Bruin Editorial Board featuring UC-AFT

UC lecturer union rally seeks to inform UCLA of contract negotiations  Daily Bruin

From the Week of October 19, 2015

Lecturers Reach Out for Support  Ctiy on a Hill Press

Coward story highlights lecturers plight  Daily Cal

From the Week of October 12, 2015

Firing of UC Berkeley lecturer signals need for UC worker solidarity  Daily Bruin 

From the Week of September 21, 2015

Job Stability is the only difference between lecturers, professors   Daily Bruin

In Class, On the Job, With the Union  New University

From the Week of August 24, 2015

Assembly hearing on UC admission, enrollment trends  Daily Cal w/ Bob Samuels

UC fails to reach $25 million incentive to add Californians  SFGate

Free vs. Affordable  Inside Higher Ed

From the Week of July 27, 2015

Chancellors not for sale  Daily Cal 

From the Week of July 6, 2015

Oregon passes free community college bill as congressional democrats introduce federal version  Insider Higher Ed

When college is free, or free(ish)  Chronicle of Higher Ed (subscription only)

Congratulations, you've earned the worst job title in America  (UC Irvine 5+2 plan)

From the Week of June 29, 2015

Free College Proposals in Oregon and D.C.  Inside Higher Ed

From the Week of June 22, 2015

Faster Humanities Ph.D.s, But at What Cost?  Insider Higher Ed w/ UC-AFT's Keith Danner

From the Week of June 8, 2017

Lecturers Unite to Demand Job Security  City on a Hill Press

Lecturers deserve better benefits, greater job security  Daily Cal

From the Week of June 1, 2015

Labor contract extended 5 months as negotiations begin between lecturer union, UC  Daily Cal

From the Week of May 25, 2015

Public Hearing Outlines UC Riversides Success in Diversity   UCR Today w/ Bob Samuels

From the Week of May 18, 2015

Free College?  NPR's On Point w/ Bob Samuels

From the Week of May 4, 2015

Academic Senate, union leaders meet on faculty working conditions  Daily Bruin featuring Bob Samuels and Mia McIver  

From the Week of March 2, 2015

State to audit UC nonresident enrollment, rebenching progress  Daily Bruin

From the Week of February 23, 2015

Lecturer Union Marches to  Begin Contract Negotiations  City on Hill Press

Professors and Students Protest Low Wages  UCSD Guardian

Walking Out, Teaching In, and Puppeteering  CHE Vitae  w/ Chris Hables Gray

UCSC Lecturers hold demonstration for better benefits  KION News w/ Roxi Power

Adjuncts deem day of protest a success  Inside Higher Ed w/ UC-AFT Local Prez Roxi Power

Radio interveiw on KPFA  w/ Michelle Squitieri

Unions can fix the crisis facing adjunct professors  Al Jazeera (Featuring UC-AFT)

CSU using more part-time faculty than full-time professors Sac Bee

Teachers' union: We have seen free community college succeed  Washington Post

From the Week of January 29, 2015

Your Call: What will it take to make UC's budget more transparent?  KALW Public Radio

Dan Walters: Governor aims to reform California's higher education system  San Jose Mercury News

From the Week of January 5, 2015

Official: California Governor Plans Record $113B Budget  N.Y. Times

From the Week of December 8, 2014

Brown, Legislature study ways to avoid UC, CSU tuition increase  L.A. Times

Payback's a Bitch  Chronicle of Higher Education w/ Bob Samuels

From the Week of December 1, 2014

No tuition increase under California State Dems' funding plan SacBee Capitol Alert

From the Week of November 23, 2014

Prop 30 tax hike is working and must be kept in place   SacBee opinion by CFT President Joshua Pechthalt

Legislature needs to increase funding for UC and CSU  SFGate Opinion from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt

Protesters Convene in Storke Plaza for Rally on Tuition  Daily Nexus w/ Bob Samuels

Hundreds of UCB students protest tuition hike  San Jose Mercury News

From the Week of November 17, 2014

Showdown looms over tuition hike Capitol Weekly

UC Davis protest proposed tuition hike on anniversary of pepper spraying Sac Bee w/ Davis Lecturer, John Rundin

From the Week of November 10, 2014

UC resists law requiring disclosure of expenditures  S.F. Chronicle  (behind paywall)

Napolitano makes the case for University of California tuition increase SacBee

California needs to reinvest in public higher education SFGate

A Different Kind of Examination: Looking at Lecturers  UCSB The Bottom Line w/ Bob Samuels

As UC Regents debate tuition hike, Brown may hold sway  L.A. Times

From the Week of October 28, 2014

How to treat adjuncts  Insider Higher Ed written by UCB Lecturer Patrick Iber

Professors, lecturers face different rights to tenure  The California Aggie

From the Week of October 2, 2014

Dirks, Udacity co-founder discuss online education  Daily Cal

Why you should be extremely proud of UC Berkeley's library system Daily Cal

From the Week of September 29, 2014

Inequality is easy to find on UC campuses  Modesto Bee 

From the Week of September 8, 2014

A Different Type of Online Education Goes Viral  Here & Now NPR  w/ Bob Samuels

Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in web chat Daily Cal

Viewpoints: Governor should approve California's higher education funding  Sac Bee

From the Week of August 25, 2014

Online learning push continues in California  Inside Higher Ed

Napolitano delivers clever message at NexentaDx Summit  SFGate

From the Week of August 18, 2014

A UC system for Californians first  L.A. Times

From the Week of August 11, 2014

A changing economy changes online education priorities at UC  Inside Higher Ed

From the Week of August 4, 2014

A Democracy Index for Higher Education  Changing Universities

Report Highlights Importance fo More Fully Engaging Part-time Facutly at Community Colleges

Scenes from COCAL  CHE

Lawmakers seek additional funds for UC, Cal State campuses  L.A. Times

From the Week of July 28, 2014

California's new Middle Class Scholarship awards delayed  L.A. Times

From the Week of July 21, 2014

UC enrolling more new students from other states and nations  L.A. Times
CCSF's Critic's Biased, Deply Flawed Argument  California Part-Time Faculty Association Blog

From the Week of July 7, 2014

The Power of Grad Students  Inside Higher Ed by UAW 2865 E-Board Member Asad Haider

From the Week of June 16, 2014

Free Higher Ed--Promising Too Much?  Inside Higher Ed

President Obama throws crumbs to student debtors

From the Week of June 9, 2014

Why Can't College Be Free?  In These Times w/ Bob Samuels
What's out: Student Debt.  What's In: Free College.  Chronicle of Higher Ed w/ Bob Samuels CHE is subscription only. Free article is published here.

From the Week of June 2, 2014

Cal State plans push to hire more full time faculty  L.A. Times
UC, Teaching assistants agree on contract, avert strike during exams L.A. Times

From the Week of May 12, 2014

Brown's Budget proposal calls for funding increase, tuition freeze  San Jose Mercury News

From the Week of March 31, 2014

Do the Math: Free Public Higher Education Should be Considered  Huffington Post

University of California medical workers approve contract  S.F. Examiner

From the Week of March 24, 2014

Debt, climate change, immigration top student agenda  People's World

University of California's Napolitano joins skeptics over online courses  Reuters

From the Week of March 17, 2014

UC Regents debate lifting tuition freeze  Capitol Alert Sac Bee

From the Week of February 17, 2014

Being Present- A critique of online education  By Bob Samuels published on UNESCO  education website 

New union at colleges? Adjunct instructors make a push  Seattle Times

From the Week of February 10, 2014

LAO calls for tuition hikes at UC and CSU  EdSource

The Promise for Free Public Higher Education  

In Calif., Janet Napolitano's Vision: More Unity, Money, and Research  Chronicle of Higher Ed w/ quotes from Bob Samuels

How to Make Higher Ed Free w/o New Taxes or More Government Spending (1of 2)  Video interview w/ Bob Samuels

Universities Are Relying on Exploitation of Part-Time Labor (2 of 2)  Video interview w/ Bob Samuels

Adjuncts: Equal Pay  Music Video on YouTube

The New College Campus  N.Y. Time Editorial Board

From the Week of February 3, 2014

Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?  NPR

Adjuncts Gain Traction With Congressional Attention Chronicle of Higher Ed

Students, faculty call for more academic representation on the UC Board of Regents Daily Cal

From the Week of January 27, 2014

Viewpoints: UC has a labor-relations problem  The Sac Bee

The Invisible Professor  Boston Globe

UC Berkeley libraries saved with influx of cash  S.F. Chronicle

From the Week of January 13, 2014

Napolitano says budget is 'good starting point' for higher ed funding  Sac Bee Capitol Alert

From the Week of December 9, 2013

University of California and academic employee union ratify new contract for lecturers  Daily Cal

From the Week of December 2, 2013

More College Adjuncts See Strength in Union Numbers  N.Y. Times

From the Week of November 25, 2013

A Truce on the Tech Front at San Jose State  Chronicle of Higher Ed

From the Week of November 11, 2013

Death of Duquesne adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko  Slate

Take Back UC Campaign Calls for UC Reform  The Bottom Line

UC right to hold line on tuition  S.F. Chronicle

Warning from California's Governor  Inside Higher Ed

UC Grad Student Employees Declare Solidarity With Service Workers  In These Times

Campus Health Workers Vote to Strike Again  The Guardian

Union Announces Another Strike on UC  Daily Nexus

Union covering UC workers calls one day strike  Sacramento Business Journal

From the Week of November 4, 2013

Anthony Canella: Reforms needed to make UC affordable  Modesto Bee

UC classes too big, teacher aides few, report says  SFGate

Preliminary plan calls for no tuition hike next year  L.A. Times

From the Week of October 21, 2013

California higher ed needs a new strategy of reinvesting in the workforce  Sac Bee Viewpoints op-ed

UC Daivs' luxury comes at the cost of equality  LtE in Sac Bee by UC-AFT member Kathryn Klar

UC System Maintains Cost this Year, but Are They In for Another Big Increase?

From the Week of October 14, 2013

Death of Duquesne adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko  Slate

California needs to revise its vision for higher education  Sac Bee Editorial

Who wins in education: students or banks?  The Eastern Echo

From the Week of October 7, 2013

Non-tenured faculty fight against their conditions  Peoples Tribune

Education Groups Oppose Pay it Forward  Inside Higher Ed

From the Week of September 30, 2013

More university inequality = more academic inequality  University World News

An insult of a contract at UC  Socialist Worker on UC imposing a contract on AFSCME workers

Education pubic option won't help rising costs  Seattle Times, Guest Editorial from American Enterprise Institute

From the Week of September 23, 2013

Should public colleges be free for all qualified applicants?  Duluth News Tribune

Pro:  Removing tuition hurdle allows everyone to move higher   GazetteXtra

Bibliocracy interview with Bob Samuels  KPFK Radio with Bob Samuels

Carping Diem! Teachers Rant.  Teachers' Rant. A Teacher's Rant.  It's back to school reading week...  OC Weekly written by UCI Lecturer Andrew Tonkovich, and featuring Bob Samuels.

Napolitano choice fuels criticism over UC system's selection process  L.A. Times

Free tuition for public universities and colleges is a left wing con job Canada Free Press

From the Week of September 9, 2013

Why Public Higher Education Should Be Free  Beneath the Surface

An Immodest Proposal:  Free College for the People  The Northern Iowan

Free Public Higher Ed Interview w/ Bob Samuels  North Carolina Public Radio  

The Adjunct Advantage  Inside Higher Ed

From the Week of August 26, 2013

Against the Grain KPFK radio interview with Bob Samuels on free higher ed and beyond

Obama's college affordability plan gets mixed reviews  NPR Radio with Bob Samuels

College for Free  Inside Higher Ed  Article on Bob Samuels' new book

From the Week of August 19, 2013

Disappointed, Not Surprised  Inside Higher Ed  featuring Bob Samuels

College for free?  America can afford it  Interview of Bob Samuels

From the Week of August 5, 2013

Senate Leader's online ed bill draws fire  Capitol Weekly  featuring quotes from UC-AFT

UC can't gripe about cuts while padding (executive) pay  Sac Bee Editorial

For Public Colleges, the Best Tuition is No Tuition  Chronicle of Higher Education, excerpt from Bob Samuels' new book

The University of California's $8 billion question mark

From the Week of July 29, 2013

MOOC Bill (SB 520) Dead for Now  Inside Higher Ed

Reigning in golden handshakes at UC Daily Californian

California State University's 'radical' plan for online courses  San Jose Mercury News

From the Week of July 8, 2013

U. of California Picks U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security as Next President  Chronicle of Higher Education w/ Bob Samuels

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano resigns to University of California system post  Washington Post

Napolitano to head University of California  San Francisco Chronicle

Janet Napolitano To Resign, Will Become Unversity of California President  Huffington Post

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security chief, to head UC  L.A. Times

An Oregon Trail to End Student Debt  The Nation

From the Week of June 3, 2013

Privatizing UC Instruction  East Bay Express

From the Week of May 13, 2013

Can San Jose show US academy the way? The Times of Higher Education featuring Bob Samuels

Brown's Budget Surplus could be used entirely for schools  L.A. Times

UC Spokesperson Challenges Claims Against Online Education  Daily Nexus

From the Week of April 29, 2013

In Deals with 10 Public Universities, Coursera Bids for Role in Credit Courses CHE

From the Makers of Massive Budget Cuts: A Digital Education  Daily Nexus

From the Week of April 22, 2013

Amended but not Commended  Insider Higher Ed  featuring Bob Samuels on SB520

Students ready to fight bill that would create higher fee classes  L.A. Times

Brown wants to tie some funding of universities to new proposals L.A Times

From the Week of April 8, 2013

No teaching, just tests: A new California college?  L.A. Times Editorial

Cal State to offer oline engineering course at ll more campuses  L.A. Times

UC introduces system to alter allocation of state funds The Aggie

Regulating Distance Ed  Inside Higher Ed

Digital Rescue  Insider Higher Ed



From the Week of March 18, 2013

Who Owns a MOOC?  Inside Higher Ed w/ Bob Samuels

U. of CA Faculty Leaders Question Outsourcing Plan  Inside Higher Ed

From the Week of March 11, 2013

Will CA bill be 'turning point' for online college course?  Alaska Dispatch w/ Bob Samuels

California bill would promote online college courses  L.A. Times

Politics and Cautions in California  Inside Higher Ed

CA's Move Toward MOOC's Sends Shock Waves, Questions Remain Unanswered  Chronicle of Higher Education

CA Bill Seeks Campus Credit for Online Study  N.Y. Times

Fromthe Week of February 18, 2013

California Higher Ed: Regents Deny Critics a Fair Hearing  Real Clear Politics

UC Irvine Professor stops teaching course in dispute  L.A. Times

From the Week of February 11, 2013

Group Floats 3 Options for Financing Public Higher Education  Chronicle of Higher Education

Rejecting the New Normal  Inside Higher Education

College teachers deliver outline for funding depleted higher ed coffers  Vallejo Times-Herald 

Association proposes financial solutions for CA education  Daily Titan, CSU Fullerton 

Americans can afford to educate everyone, and three new papers show us how  Minnesota Post, Minnesota 20/20 Blog

Advocacy Group Offers 3 Ideas for Funding Higher Education

From the Week of January 21, 2013

Being Present  Insider Higher Education  By Bob Samuels

From the Week of January 14, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown challenges UC, Cal State to make big changes  L.A. Times

From the Week of January 7, 2013

UC online courses fail to lure outsiders  S.F. Chronicle

MLA Sessions Keep the Focus on Adjuncts  The Chronicle of Higher Education


Conference about online education attracts major players to UCLA  L.A. Times Blog

Finally, a Path Toward a Soultion in the Crisis in Higher Education  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Clashes over the Future of Higher Education in California  KPFA Radio 94.1


From the Week of October 29, 2012

California and the Battle for Public Higher Education  Huffington Post

State Defunding Erodes Promise of College for Next Generation  New America Media

From the Week of October 22, 2012

California Colleges' Funding Hangs on a Ballot Measure  Wall Street Journal

From the Week of October 8, 2012

Standford: Tanner Lecturers Tackle Universities' Cost Problem  Menlo Park-Atherton Patch

S. California Billionaire Should Stop Attacks on College Students  Huffington Post

Molly Munger Put a Lid on It  Mercury News Editorial

From the Week of September 24, 2012

New poll finds voters split over pension changes  L.A. Times

One in five households burdened by student debt  L.A. Times

From the Week of September 17, 2012

Professors and the Students Who Grade Them  N.Y. Times

From the Week of September 10, 2012

UC Regents brainstormchanges if voters reject Prop 30  L.A. Times

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to trim public pension costs  L.A. Times

California unions assail public pension changes L.A. Times

From the Week of August 27, 2012

California teacher evaluation bill abandoned by lawmakers L.A. Times

State near landmark pension reform  Silicon Valley Mercury News

From the Week of August 20, 2012

UC, CSU researcher assistants would get union rights  Sac Bee

Inequity between students, administration grows in California's public universities  S.B. Sun

From the Week of August 13, 2012

Student Debtors Might Not Get Mortgages  Inside Higher Ed

UC San Diego to end transfer guarantee for college students  North County Times

California:  A state of haves and have nots  Santa Cruz Sentinal

From the Week of August 6, 2012

Report: If you teach at a UC school, you're probably underpaid    KPCC Public Radio 

UC Payroll Up Six Percent  Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert


From the Week of July 16, 2012

Where's UC Online and How Will We Get Our $7 Million Back? KeepCalifornia'

California College Students Stage Zombie Protest Against Tuition Hikes  Huffington Post

UC regents discuss backup plan if tax increase fails in November  S.F. Examiner

Prop 30 is only a Temporary Fix for UC Affordability  Policymic

From the Week of July 13, 2012

CSU mulls pay raises for 3 new presidents despite budget troubles California Watch

From the Week of June 25, 2012

UC leaders call for no tuition hike unless tax measure fails  L.A. Times

California budget deal could prevent tuition hikes  L.A. Times

From the Week of June 18, 2012

UC Berkeley's libraries next chapter may be cuts  S.F. Chronicle

Non-resident admission, student headcount climbs at UC  Palo Alto Online

California fumbling committment to higher education  S.F. Chronicle

University of California faces mounting pension costs  Silicon Valley Mercury News

Non-Tenure-Track Economics  Insider Higher Ed

From the Week of June 12, 2012

State's college tuition rising fastest in nation  S.F. Chronicle

Governor Brown and the University of California's Enron Playbook  Calitics

Public vs. Private Universities: A Reply from the Trenches  Mother Jones

University of California now caters to the rich and foreign  Silicon Valley Mercury News

Whose University of California is it going to be?  Long Beach Press-Telegram

From the Week of May 28, 2012

Higher Ed News-

Heavy Debt, but No Degree  New York Times

Bills in Legislature may bring tuition relief  S.F. Chronicle

California Cuts Threaten the Status of Universities  New York Times

From the Week of May 21, 2012

Strong majority backs Jerry Brown's tax initiative, poll finds  L.A. Times

From the Week of May 7, 2012

UC-AFT News-

State of the Union City on Hill City on a Hill Press UCSC

Are Harvard's Realignment Throes Unique, or a Cautionary Tale?  American Libraries

From the Week of April 23, 2012

Teams of library employees to investigate streamlining measures  Daily Cal

Local governance urged for UC campuses  L.A. Times

From the Week of April 15, 2012

UC President pushes for passage of Brown's tax plan  Daily Californian

From the Week of April 9, 2012

Let's bring back the idea of a free UC education  L.A. Times

Campus Task Force Criticizes Pepper Spraying of Protestors  N.Y. Times

From the Week of April 2, 2012

UC-AFT News-

Churn and Burn at the Young Musicians Program  East Bay Express

UC News-

Little evidence of UC 'Crisis'  L.A. Times

From the Week of March 5, 2012

Occupy the Capitol: Labor, Students Unite to Rebalance Education Funding Deficit  (Lots of good pics)

CHP releases dozens arrested at Capitol protest Associated Press

Background Briefing with Ian Masters interview w/Bob Samuels  KPFK

CHP arrests education protesters in Sacramento

New York, California College Students Rally At State Capitols Calling For A Millionaire's Tax  Huff Po

Students protest education cuts at Capitol rally  CBS News

Protesters facing off with CHP in Capitol rotunda over higher ed costs  Oakland Tribune 

California Capitol Under Siege  NBC Bay Area News

The dismantling of California's Schools  Aljazeera

Thousands of College Students Converge on California Capitol--Hundreds Occupy Inside  OB Rag

Students converge on Sacramento to protest tuition fee hikes

Thousands march to protest tuition hikes, occupy state Capitol  L.A. Times

Activists camp out at state Capitol to protest tuition hikes  L.A.Times

Calif. Highway Patrol arrests dozens of protesters inside state Capitol building  The Republic

From the Week of February 27, 2012

99-Mile March to reach UC Davis today  Daily Democrat

Occupy UCLA protesters stage 'Festival of Resistance' to support national day of action  Daily Bruin 



From the Week of February 20, 2012

UC inaugurates pilot program for online classes  Featuring Bob Samuels

From the Week of January 23, 2012

New Faculty Majority Summit: Can We Bridge the Trust Gap?  Inside Higher Ed

Romney, Private Equity, and the Future of American Capitalism,  Huffington Post, by Bob Samuels

From the Week of January 16, 2012

UC-AFT News-

Heart Surgery for UC  Good Times Santa Cruz,  Featuring Ken Lyons and Mike Rotkin

UC News-

Administration agrees to restore anthropology library hours  Daily Cal

Occupy Cal library protest ends  UC Berkeley News Center

RIVERSIDE: Protesters and arrests at UC Regents meeting  The Press-Enterprise

UC Board of Regents Protest Livestream  Daily Kos

Cost of Higher Education Spurs Local Protest  Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch

UC-Riverside protest halts Regents meeting

Occupy Cal protest returns with library sit-in  ABC 7 San Francisco

Plan would eliminate tuition to UC's benefit  S.F. Chronicle

Labor and Political News-

Public sector unions:  What's the big deal?  L.A. Times

From the Week of January 9, 2012

On the Record- Daily Bruin, featuring Bob Samuels

Kim Kardashian, the Millionaire Tax and Media Activism  Huffington Post by Bob Samuels

Anguish Trumps Activism at the MLA  Chronicle of Higher Education, featuring Bob Samuels

From the Week of January 2, 2012

California pension system not in crisis  S.F Gate  

Legislative analysts says state needs clearer higher-ed vision  San Jose Mercury News

UCSC veteran retires rather than face another pink slip  Santa Cruz Sentinal

Jerry Brown unveils budget proposal with $2.6 billion for UC  Daily Bruin

From the Week of December 12, 2011

Apologies for UC Davis pepper spray incident come with a warning  L.A. Times

UC Davis pepper spraying spur pledge for research  S.F. Chronicle

Lawmakers Grill University of California Over Pepper Spray Use  Central Coast News

UC Berkeley launches groundbreaking middle-class financial aid plan  UCB News Center  

From the Week of December 5, 2011

Lawmaker on pepper spray probe recalls protests

Viewpoints:  Let UCD probes take their course  Sac Bee

From the Week of Novmeber 28, 2011

Despite Angry Protests, UC Regents Raise Administrator's Salaries  The Bay Citizen

Faces of protest:  Bruin activists share stories on Occupy UCLA  Daily Bruin

UC Berkeley police union defends Occupy handling  Sacramento Bee

Silent Majority:  California's War on its Students  The Nation

Protest blocks student services building at UC Santa Cruz  Central Coast News

Students shut down UC regents meeting  S.F. Chronicle

UC Regents meeting: Students voice concerns over tuition, pepper spraying  89.3 KPCC w/ Bob Samuels

Students blast chancellor's salaries and fee increases at UC Regents meeting

Students Protest Occupy Crackdown at UC Regents Meetings NBC L.A.

Students line up to blast UC Regents S.F. Chronicle

Live Blog: Occupy Sanity teach-in underway on Davis quad

From the Week of November 21, 2011

Tax Proposal Could Bring in Billions of Extra Dollars for California Schools  Huffington Post

Higher Ed News-

Teacher Pay Around the World  CUNY Grad Center Advocate,  Featuring Bob Samuels

The other student loan problem: too little debt  

UC Davis Rally Coverage-

UC Davis pepper spraying raises questions about role of police  Washinton Post

California's Campus Movements Dig in Their Heels  N.Y. Times

UC Davis Chancellor apologizes in pepper spray incident  L.A. Times

Documents detail UC Davis use of force policy  News 10 ABC

Students Rally at US College Against Pepper Spraying  AlterNet

Katehi to students: I'm here to apologize  Modesto Bee

From the Week of November 13, 2011

Higher Ed News-

Well, This is Something: UC President Responds to Pepper Spray  The Atlantic 

Appalled UC President orders urgent review  Sac Bee

The roots of the UC Davis Pepper Spraying

UC President vows to review police procedures at campuses L.A. Times

Why All Public Higher Education Should Be Free-- Bob Samuels, Huffington Post

CSU Board of Trustess Vote for Tuition Increase at Meeting Turned Violent  Daily Sundial

More Than 90 Arrested in Bank of America Occupation in SF  KQED

The students are coming!  Quoting Bob Samuels

Get off my lawn  Chronicle of Higher Ed Innovations column  Featuring Bob Samuels

Occupy protestors move to California universities  L.A Times

Calling All Anteaters  UCI's New University, featuring UCI Librarian Mitchell Brown

From the Week of November 7, 2011

UC-AFT News-

Librarian Borg to receive James H. Meyer award tonight   UC Davis Dateline

Higher Ed News-

Berkeley Students Plan Strike in Wake of Police Violence  AlterNet  

Berkeley Faculty Sign Letter Against Police Violence  Academe Blog

UC looking to avoid 2nd clash with protesters S.F. Chronicle

UC Berkeley Pledges to Investigate Police Response to Occupy Cal Protest  The Bay Citizen

UC Berkeley police defend Occupy crackdown, say tents won't be tolerated  Mercury News

Statement on UC Police Violence from Veterans of the 1964 Free Speech Movement Berkeley Daily Planet

Day of Action Sweeps Across California  Daily Californian

Occupy Cal Protest Draws Thousands  Huffington Post  

Liberal Arts College in a Research University  EdHat

From the Week of October 31, 2011

UC-AFT News-

Online Disruption, Privatization of Public Higher Ed


From the Week of October 24, 2011

UC-AFT News-

Final agreement reached between librarians' union and UC   The California Aggie 

Student frustration fuels march on UCD campus  The Davis Enterprise

From the Week of October 17, 2011


UC lecturers ratify new contract with university system  L.A. Times

From the Week of October 3, 2011

UC-AFT News-

UCLA lecturer Bob Samuels discusses possibility of jobs program at Capitol  Daily Bruin

UC System To Settle Union Negotiations, Increase Pay  Daily Nexus

U. of California Reaches Tentative Pact With Lecturers, Librarians  IHE

Other News-

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) spreads to Boston, Chicago, L.A., Seattle as cities brace for protest  U.K. Daily Mail   Great photos, scroll down just a bit for the story.

From the Week of September 26, 2011

Five Way Occupy Wall Street has Succeeded

From the Week of September 19, 2011

Guest Editorial: UC punished librarians for collective bargaining  The Aggie  by David Michaliski

UCSC's McHenry Library opens after $100 million upgrade  Santa Cruz Sentinal,  features Ken Lyons

A Progressive Alternative to Obama's Jobs Plan   Huffington Post by Bob Samuels

Dozens occupy UC Berkeley building  

From the Week of September 12, 2011

Higher Ed News-

Under plan, UC tuition could rise by 16% a year  S.F. Chronicle

UC investing millions in new cyber studies program  S.F. Chronicle

From the Week of August 29, 2011

UC-AFT News-

UC Librarians are underpaid  The Davis Enterprise, LtE by Patsy Inouye

UC: Deciding Salaries and Raises (Blowback) Opinion piece  L.A. Times

From the Week of August 22, 2011

UC-AFT News-

UC librarians got no raises  Letter to Editor Sac Bee by Axel Borg

Higher Ed News-

UCSD library cuts mean 150,000 books must go  California Watch

UC income from tuition will surpass state funding for the first time  L.A. Times

From the Week of August 15, 2011

UC to give merit pay raises to some faculty, staff  Sacramento Bee

Budget Cuts, Tuition Hikes Jeopardize Quality of Higher Education in California  PBS News Hour

University of California announces raises for non-union workers  L.A. Times

Measures seek to limit executive pay at CSU and UC Sac Bee Capitol Alert

UC to Chiang: We probably won't give you all pay data you want  Sac Bee

From the Week of August 8, 2011

Political News-

The Need to Run a Third Party Candidate for President-  By Bob Samuels  Huffington Post 

From the Week of August 1, 2011

Higher Ed News-

Audit finds UCLA wrongfully designated $23M in student fees  California Watch

From the Week of July 25, 2011

UC-AFT News-

 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube—and Democracy  Academe Online 

Higher Ed News-

UC budget lacks transparency, State audit says  S.F. Chronicle

State Auditor calls for greater transparency at UC  Sacramento Bee

From the Week of July 18, 2011

UC-AFT News-

Second Increase in Eight Months; Professors and Lecturers Weigh In  S.B. Independent

Wisening Up in Westwood   Featuring UCLA History Lecturer Mary Corey

Higher Ed. News-

Online community college students more likely to fail, withdraw  California Watch

Lawmakers seek limits on university executive pay  L.A. times

 As We See It: UC administrators raises hard to fathom during tough times Santa Cruz Sentinal


From the Week of June 6, 2011

UC-AFT News-

Eight UC Merced lecturers lose jobs after change to general ed requirements  Merced Sun-Star

From the Week of May 30, 2011

UC-AFT News-

Humanities lecturers await departmental decisions after receiving layoff notices last June  Daily Bruin

Higher Ed News-

Online students dispute extra fees they paid  S.F. Chronicle

From the Week of May 23, 2011

UC-AFT News-

On the Record:  What will be the state of UC in 5-10 years?  Daily Bruin with Bob Samuels

State Budget News-

Jerry Brown's New Reason to Extend Tax Hikes  The Wall Street Journal

From the Week of May 16, 2011

UC-AFT News-

At UC Santa Cruz rally, emails speak louder than chants  Santa Cruz Sentinal

Higher Education News-

UC tuition could soar under worst budget scenario  S.F. Examiner

UC Berkeley stares down double barrel budget catastrophe  S.F. Business Journal

UC officials warn of tuition increase  Larry Gordon LA Times

UC online instruction program not worth UCOP's $6.9 million gamble  Daily Bruin Editorial

From the Week of May 9, 2011

UC Regent Crane traveling rocky road toward confirmation hearing  San Jose Mercury News

From the Week of May 2, 2011

Budget News-

Business Leaders, Educators to Testify at Budget Hearing in Silicon Valley

UC News-

Student journalist sanctioned for UC Berkeley protest  Silicon Valley Mercury News

University of California system weighs varying tuition at its 10 campuses  LA Times

From the Week of May 2, 2011

Higher Ed News-

Going Hungry for Ethnic Studies  New America Media covering hunger strike at UCB over cuts to Ethnic Studies

From the Week of April 25, 2011

UC-AFT News-

UC-AFT V.P. Alan Karras' Political Economy Course Voted Best of Berkeley  Daily Californian

Higher Ed News-

Myths about state workers mask gross inequalities  Sac Bee by Saree Makdisi

UC online instruction program is a financial blunder  Daily Californian by Wendy Brown

The Shirley Sherrods of Academe?  Inside Higher Ed 

School Daze at UCI and Fullerton  OC Register on how campuses prepare for and handle student protests

UC releases systemwide admission numbers  Highlander News

Out-of-staters not taking spots from residents, UC says  OC Register

From the Week of April 18, 2011

Higher Ed News-

UC to Admit More Out of State Students- Larry Gordon,0,2915587.story

Related blog post by Bob Samuels

From the Week of April 11, 2011

Higher Ed News-

Cal Day Activity Can't Drown Out Budget Questions- Nanette Asimov

From the Week of April 4, 2011   Why California is Broke, and What We Can Do About It

From the Week of March 28, 2011

From the Week of March 21, 2011  Bob Samuels Appointed to UCRP Investment Advisory Group

From the Week of March 7, 2011,0,951945.story  UCR Local President Paul Beehler on budget cuts.

From the Week of February 28, 2011  Video Featuring Mike Rotkin and Allison Guevara

From the Week of February 22, 2011    Bob Samuels on UC Budget

From the Week of January 31, 2011

From the Week of November 15, 2010

From the Week of October 18, 2010

From the Week of October 11, 2010  

From the Week of September 20, 2010  

From the Week of September 13, 2010   Regent's Meeting S.F. Pension 9-17,0,1595539.story 9-17  9-17,0,5276130.story  9-16

From the Week of July 19, 2010

From the Week of July 13, 2010  Samuel's to Regents about on-line ed. 

From the Week of June 21, 2010

From the Week of May 31, 2010   Bob Samuels argues that enrollment increases would raise money for colleges, while transparency in budgets would shed light on the true cost of educating undergraduates.

From the Week of May 24, 2010  Alternative Commission Launches Survey on Gould Commission Proposals

From the Week of May 3, 2010   Alternative Commission on the Future Meets at UCLA    UC-AFT field rep., Michelle Squitieri on the injustice of cuts to the Physical Education Department while Athletics get huge bailouts.

From the Week of April 26, 2010  85% of cuts in HFA at UCSB have come from lecturers and grad teaching assistants.  Here's an LtE from the Local 2141 e-board responding to this number.

March 4th, 2010   An interview on KQED radio, Forum with Michael Krasny, including UCB librarian Jason Schultz.  From the Press-Enterprise, an article featuring UCR lecturer Matt Snyder.

From the Week of March 1, 2010‘s-vision/   Here's an excellent editorial from the March 1 New University.  This was written by UCI lecturer, Brook Haley, who will also be speaking at the UCI rally on March 4th.   Blurb in the Nation on March 4 and UC Protests

From the Week of Febraruy 15, 2010     UCSC students and lecturer protest cuts to foreign langagues  Why Tuition Goes Up at American Universities


From the Week of February 8, 2010

From the Week of January 25, 2010

From the Week of January 4, 2010

The New Yorker--Protest Studies  Schwarzenegger Shifts from Prisons to Schools

From the Week of December 7, 2009

Lost Trust- Bob Samuels, Inside Higher Ed 12-07-09

From the Week of December 1, 2009




L.A. Times Opinion Piece:,0,2869973.column


L.A. Times on UCLA Police during Protests:,0,6145625.story


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Anti-Yudof Press:


The Protesters are Winning:


Cal Police Brutality:



9/16/09 -Regents Meeting- Student Fee Increases

From the Week of April 30, 2009

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