Thursday, July 30, 2009

News Roundup: Furloughs, Budget, Legislation

In case you've missed anything this week:

Furlough KYR Flier

CSUEU has published a Know Your Rights (KYR) flier about Furloughs.

More Furlough Agreements

CFA and APC have reached agreements with the CSU on furloughs. Unit 6 and Unit 10 (10 people at California Maritime Academy) have chosen layoffs.

Here's the current status of the various unions and bargaining units, to the best of our knowledge:

2, 5, 7, 9CSUEU16,000Furloughs
10IUOE10 (at CMA)Layoffs

Reed: State values prisoners over students

Monday's San Francisco Chronicle carried an opinion piece from CSU Chancellor Charles Reed on the legislature's budget priorities, titled California values prisoners over students:

Overall, state general fund support of the CSU is expected to be approximately $1.6 billion, or about $600 million less than the level of state support provided a decade ago. But the CSU — the country's largest four-year university system — has about 100,000 more students than it did 10 years ago.


On the flip side, consider that California's prisons set the state back more than $10 billion per year. The proposed plan to release 27,000 prisoners would move to home detention those prisoners with a year left on their sentences, as well as the elderly and infirm, and change sentencing and parole rules for inmates who show promise of rehabilitation. But inconceivably, for some policy leaders in Sacramento, the idea of setting those people free is more unthinkable than denying 40,000 students the right to higher education.

Now for the final injustice: It costs $49,000 per year to keep a prisoner behind bars in California. However, the state's contribution per student at the CSU is just $4,600. This dichotomy is not just outrageous, it's tragic.

SB 218

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat published an editorial in support of Senate Bill (SB) 218 by Senator Yee, which would open records of CSU foundations and auxiliaries to public scrutiny. After recounting the recent scandals involving foundation expenditures at Sonoma State University, CSU Sacramento, and Fresno State University, the Press Democrat writes:

These nonprofit foundations, created and operated by public universities and colleges, manage millions of dollars in gifts, endowments and scholarships on behalf of University of California, CSU and community college campuses.

And they do it without public oversight in a way that the colleges and universities cannot.


The university system is fighting the legislation, which has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

CSU should be guided by what the Sonoma State foundation officials said twice in their Close to Home column: They must earn and sustain the public trust.

Opening their doors is a prerequisite.


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