UC workers rally at president's home

July 12, 2009 2:15:10 PM PDT
University of California employees are rallying outside the Oakland home of UC President Mark Yudof Sunday morning to protest proposed tuition hikes and employee furloughs.

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Employees are calling on Yudof to "wake up" to the many alternatives to the proposed plan, which seeks to offset an anticipated $813 million budget reduction.

The proposed plan would fill the budget gap with a previously approved student fee increase, a modified furlough plan, refinancing of debt, further administrative cost controls, and cuts spread across the 10 UC campuses.

The specifics of those cuts will be left to individual chancellors, who will make presentations at a Board of Regents finance and compensation committee meeting Wednesday in San Francisco.

The meeting is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. in the Mission Bay Community Center at the UC San Francisco Mission Bay campus, located at 1675 Owens St.

Opponents of the proposal say that the deficit could be solved using money from the UC reserves, or by redirecting its fundraising abilities to target the decrease in state funding, or to use other sources of income such as the university medical centers.

"The only crisis UC is facing is a crisis of leadership," Jelger Kalmijn, president of the University Professional and Technical Employees union said in a statement.

"Rather than discussing the alternatives, President Yudof is calling for cuts that will result in lasting damage to patient care, education of the brightest minds in California and critical research, which is saving lives and revitalizing our economy," Kalmijn said.

The rally started at about 7:30 a.m. at 160 Woodmont Way.

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