Nov. 28th University System Wide Strike!

In response to the egregious police brutality last Friday, and in light of the UC Regents meeting this upcoming Monday, approximately 5000 students, workers, faculty and community members came together today at a general assembly, and approved a proposal to hold a University-wide strike on Nov 28th. On this day, we will shut down the Regents meeting, along with the rest of the university. From UC Davis, we call on all UC, state, and community college campuses to join us, and to strike in solidarity. Let’s shut it down and take it back. No business as usual!

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10 Responses to Nov. 28th University System Wide Strike!

  1. Koko338 says:

    The UC System seems to forget that they are a TAXPAYER-supported institution. I am not a student or faculty of the UC System, but I am a California taxpayer and wrote to UC Davis Chancellor yesterday demanding her resignation. Ditto for the Chancellor of UC Berkeley. These are premier institutions that are quickly becoming unaffordable to the youth of California. As a TAXPAYER, this makes me angry.

    How much has the administration CUT THEIR SALARIES as a result of the California budget crisis? Mr. Yudoff should return to Texas, where the Rick Perry/George Bush model of top-down oppression is still tolerated. NOT HERE, buster.

  2. Jim Gardner says:

    From the North East of England, I’m with you all. This is by far and away the most impressive show of solidarity I have seen in my 38 years on this planet. This is our time. Thank you and good luck.

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  4. Violetarojo says:

    Thank you for the post and the petition which I just signed. I am going to try to get there from where I am for the strike on the 28th. Always there with you in prayer, heart, thought and spirit!

  5. “People like Katehi aren’t ‘leaders,’ they simply manage the university to function as an essential part in the reproduction of capitalist society. They exist to keep the opposing forces and class interests within the university from tearing themselves apart. We are not against this, we want to hasten it. To push, as some friends said, “The university struggle to it’s limits.” For us, this is not a struggle for cheaper or even free education, but instead another battle ground in the war against capital.”

    http://www.modestoanarcho.org/2011/11/over-5000-students-strike-at-uc-davis.html

  6. Babelation says:

    I work as a professor in the CSU system. I do not think that the taxpayers of California realize how much of their money has been diverted to support a top-heavy, parasitic bureaucracy at the top of each school and also at the top of the entire structure. I have also worked within the German university system as a professor and have seen how it should be done. There the administrative layer is paper-thin (no deans, for example; few VPs), and most administrators actually came out of the ranks of the faculty, so they know what a university is all about. The president of a German university of applied science (Hochschule) makes about 15% extra for holding this position. At my CSU school, the president makes about 300% or 400% more than the highest paid professor. There’s something bad wrong with this picture. Where did they learn this? Corporate America. And the CSU trustees, judging from their recent actions, seem to feel most entrusted in putting high salaries and bonuses in the pockets of the favored few, rather than in watchdogging costs, protecting important investments in the academic part of the CSU, and in holding down student fees.

    In our system, like in the U.S. government on a bigger scale, there has developed a very thick layer of professional bureaucrats, who think they are entitled to very large salaries and who believe that they actually do not need to listen to the people actually doing the work in making their management decisions. There is no oversight or accountability, so they just do what they like. Meanwhile, down in the trenches people are slaving away with little say in how the university is run. It’s being run more and more like a corporation, like a rapacious, capitalistic corporation, fleecing the students, squeezing more and more out of the faculty, and excluding these two groups from any input into directing the course of the university. But a university run this way slowly becomes something other than a university, in the bigger sense, a place of ideas, a place of openness, a place that promotes the opening questioning of things.

    So California taxpayers are getting ripped off in two ways: 1) a lot of their money that flows to the university is not going into improving the learning process of students; it is going into the pocket of overpaid administrators to fund their nonsense and 2) they are getting less for the more that they are paying, in that the actually learning endeavor is suffering from a lack of investment.

    It has been distressing to see in these tight economic times how these administrators are willing to cut deeply into the bone of the academic enterprise without even considering the thought of cutting some of the fat. And there’s fat aplenty.

  7. Pat says:

    Many thanks to Babelation for enlightening everyone about the cause of the skyrocketing student fees. I hope you don’t mind, but I intend to re-post your comment whenever there is an opportunity to enlighten others.

    Subjugation and abuse of the 99% by the 1%
    THIS is why we Occupy!

  8. Babelation says:

    I read recently that the total student debt in the U.S. is about $1,000,000,000,000–one trillion dollars. What’s the student debt in Germany? 0 Euros. How can that be? That society has decided that the government should fund all higher education for its young people and that young people should not be saddled with debt just as they are starting their working life. It was this way in California back when the CSU system was set up. It was free. Slowly fees have been added. Recently more fees have rapidly been added. Three years ago student fees amounted to $5000. Today they are almost $8000, and they are due to increase another 8% next fall. We as a society certainly have strayed far from this idealistic image of providing higher education for free. And as a society we certainly today are far from what we were and what German society still is. There, even in the midst of a horrible financial crisis, investment by the state in higher education is still a priority.

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