Wednesday Strike Update

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The strike will continue today for a third day. There were a number of interesting developments yesterday.

Community members from across the state donated groceries and provided food assistance to the strikers who are struggling to make ends meet to begin with and now face disciplinary action for the striking.

UC President Mark Yudof who has just literally taken over in that position, has threatened to take action against the workers for conducting an illegal strike. Mr. Yudof was hired at a beginning salary of $828,084–a salary nearly twice what his predecessor received. With benefits, he receivers nearly one million per year. Yudof quipped at a press conference, “As you can see from my compensation package, I’m not starving to death.”

Elizabeth Meyer, director of UC Davis employee and labor relations called the strike illegal and suggested that workers could be disciplined.

“We’re going to take appropriate discipline up to the fullest extent with the law and in accord with past practice.”

In a letter sent to UC President Mark Yudof, Senator Leland Yee writes that he is “dismayed by the comments of Elizabeth Meyer and other UC spokespersons who have stated the administration will discipline striking workers to the ‘fullest extent.’”

The Senator wrote in a press release yesterday:

“Service workers gave adequate notice of their strike and the law explicitly provides workers the right to strike for fair wages, working conditions, and basic equity. If even one worker is retaliated against or disciplined for exercising their right to strike, I will do everything in my power to appropriately respond to the University.”

One thing that Mr. Yee might suggest is reforming the UC system. UC Regents are largely unaccountable officials, appointed by the Governor. The legislature could move to increase their accountability by putting limits on their term and making them up for reappointment every two to four years. In addition, the amount of money that the UC President receives is beyond absurd. People complain about the demands of people making $10 per hour. The UC President makes almost as much in a month as these workers make in FOUR YEARS.

The Vanguard yesterday evening received an interesting report from one of the AFSCME 3299 organizers. There is a large contingent of strikers at the corner of Russell and College. As cars pass by, they will often honk in support of the cause. However, apparently a Davis Police Officer on a motorcycle began pulling people over for honking and issuing them tickets. According to this organizer, he saw at least three people given tickets for honking in support of the strike. The Vanguard will be investigating this matter and may have more to report later on.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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84 comments

  1. Doesn’t honking come under freedom of speech??? If flag burning does, why not honking?

    If Yudof’s salary were cut in half, it would pay for the salaries of 25 food service workers for one year. Yudof’s comment about “not starving” shows an arrogance that is disgusting.

    However, if striking will endanger lives, I cannot support it. There are other ways to get your point across, like a “work slowdown”, that sort of thing.

    If these workers don’t like their wages, they are always free to get a job elsewhere. As I said before, enlisted personnel in the military are receiving below minimum wage for the job they do – and they put their lives on the line.

    Seems to me the way we compensate people is inequitable period. We are not compensating folks for the inherent value of the service or product they provide. It is as if we are overcompensating people who have a much better bargaining position for less than savory reasons – the good ol’ boy system, nepotism, lack of competition, politics, greed, graft…

  2. Doesn’t honking come under freedom of speech??? If flag burning does, why not honking?

    If Yudof’s salary were cut in half, it would pay for the salaries of 25 food service workers for one year. Yudof’s comment about “not starving” shows an arrogance that is disgusting.

    However, if striking will endanger lives, I cannot support it. There are other ways to get your point across, like a “work slowdown”, that sort of thing.

    If these workers don’t like their wages, they are always free to get a job elsewhere. As I said before, enlisted personnel in the military are receiving below minimum wage for the job they do – and they put their lives on the line.

    Seems to me the way we compensate people is inequitable period. We are not compensating folks for the inherent value of the service or product they provide. It is as if we are overcompensating people who have a much better bargaining position for less than savory reasons – the good ol’ boy system, nepotism, lack of competition, politics, greed, graft…

  3. Doesn’t honking come under freedom of speech??? If flag burning does, why not honking?

    If Yudof’s salary were cut in half, it would pay for the salaries of 25 food service workers for one year. Yudof’s comment about “not starving” shows an arrogance that is disgusting.

    However, if striking will endanger lives, I cannot support it. There are other ways to get your point across, like a “work slowdown”, that sort of thing.

    If these workers don’t like their wages, they are always free to get a job elsewhere. As I said before, enlisted personnel in the military are receiving below minimum wage for the job they do – and they put their lives on the line.

    Seems to me the way we compensate people is inequitable period. We are not compensating folks for the inherent value of the service or product they provide. It is as if we are overcompensating people who have a much better bargaining position for less than savory reasons – the good ol’ boy system, nepotism, lack of competition, politics, greed, graft…

  4. Doesn’t honking come under freedom of speech??? If flag burning does, why not honking?

    If Yudof’s salary were cut in half, it would pay for the salaries of 25 food service workers for one year. Yudof’s comment about “not starving” shows an arrogance that is disgusting.

    However, if striking will endanger lives, I cannot support it. There are other ways to get your point across, like a “work slowdown”, that sort of thing.

    If these workers don’t like their wages, they are always free to get a job elsewhere. As I said before, enlisted personnel in the military are receiving below minimum wage for the job they do – and they put their lives on the line.

    Seems to me the way we compensate people is inequitable period. We are not compensating folks for the inherent value of the service or product they provide. It is as if we are overcompensating people who have a much better bargaining position for less than savory reasons – the good ol’ boy system, nepotism, lack of competition, politics, greed, graft…

  5. looks like UC has been stuffed to the gills with anti-labor executives, after all, the Republicans have had control over the institution for 23 of the last 26 years, with UC Davis being one of the most notorious campuses

    we are talking about an institution that granted substantial settlements to high level executives without public notice and without the approval of the Board of Regents, actions that, in many instances, would have resulted in a criminal investigation and prosecution, while drawing a line in the sand with its lowest wage workers

    UC is mirroring some of the larger changes in society that have occurred as a result of neoliberal policies over the last 30 years, higher and higher wages, fees and investment income for the upper class, often subsidized by the government (just look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing for banks and brokerage houses lately as one example) based upon reference to an illusory marketplace, while the wages of middle income, lower middle income and low income workers have been relatively stagnant, with the costs of pension, health care and educating their children transferred over to them

    so, we should not be surprised that the UC is increasingly modeling itself after the private sector in this regard, after all, it seems pretty obvious that people like Yudof, Vanderhoef and others I(Elizabeth Meyer, too?) are receiving their fringe benefits and generous salary increases because of their willingness to take a hostile stance with their workforce

    or, to put it more bluntly, every dollar they get is taken from these workers who can barely afford to survive in this state

    –Richard Estes

  6. looks like UC has been stuffed to the gills with anti-labor executives, after all, the Republicans have had control over the institution for 23 of the last 26 years, with UC Davis being one of the most notorious campuses

    we are talking about an institution that granted substantial settlements to high level executives without public notice and without the approval of the Board of Regents, actions that, in many instances, would have resulted in a criminal investigation and prosecution, while drawing a line in the sand with its lowest wage workers

    UC is mirroring some of the larger changes in society that have occurred as a result of neoliberal policies over the last 30 years, higher and higher wages, fees and investment income for the upper class, often subsidized by the government (just look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing for banks and brokerage houses lately as one example) based upon reference to an illusory marketplace, while the wages of middle income, lower middle income and low income workers have been relatively stagnant, with the costs of pension, health care and educating their children transferred over to them

    so, we should not be surprised that the UC is increasingly modeling itself after the private sector in this regard, after all, it seems pretty obvious that people like Yudof, Vanderhoef and others I(Elizabeth Meyer, too?) are receiving their fringe benefits and generous salary increases because of their willingness to take a hostile stance with their workforce

    or, to put it more bluntly, every dollar they get is taken from these workers who can barely afford to survive in this state

    –Richard Estes

  7. looks like UC has been stuffed to the gills with anti-labor executives, after all, the Republicans have had control over the institution for 23 of the last 26 years, with UC Davis being one of the most notorious campuses

    we are talking about an institution that granted substantial settlements to high level executives without public notice and without the approval of the Board of Regents, actions that, in many instances, would have resulted in a criminal investigation and prosecution, while drawing a line in the sand with its lowest wage workers

    UC is mirroring some of the larger changes in society that have occurred as a result of neoliberal policies over the last 30 years, higher and higher wages, fees and investment income for the upper class, often subsidized by the government (just look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing for banks and brokerage houses lately as one example) based upon reference to an illusory marketplace, while the wages of middle income, lower middle income and low income workers have been relatively stagnant, with the costs of pension, health care and educating their children transferred over to them

    so, we should not be surprised that the UC is increasingly modeling itself after the private sector in this regard, after all, it seems pretty obvious that people like Yudof, Vanderhoef and others I(Elizabeth Meyer, too?) are receiving their fringe benefits and generous salary increases because of their willingness to take a hostile stance with their workforce

    or, to put it more bluntly, every dollar they get is taken from these workers who can barely afford to survive in this state

    –Richard Estes

  8. looks like UC has been stuffed to the gills with anti-labor executives, after all, the Republicans have had control over the institution for 23 of the last 26 years, with UC Davis being one of the most notorious campuses

    we are talking about an institution that granted substantial settlements to high level executives without public notice and without the approval of the Board of Regents, actions that, in many instances, would have resulted in a criminal investigation and prosecution, while drawing a line in the sand with its lowest wage workers

    UC is mirroring some of the larger changes in society that have occurred as a result of neoliberal policies over the last 30 years, higher and higher wages, fees and investment income for the upper class, often subsidized by the government (just look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing for banks and brokerage houses lately as one example) based upon reference to an illusory marketplace, while the wages of middle income, lower middle income and low income workers have been relatively stagnant, with the costs of pension, health care and educating their children transferred over to them

    so, we should not be surprised that the UC is increasingly modeling itself after the private sector in this regard, after all, it seems pretty obvious that people like Yudof, Vanderhoef and others I(Elizabeth Meyer, too?) are receiving their fringe benefits and generous salary increases because of their willingness to take a hostile stance with their workforce

    or, to put it more bluntly, every dollar they get is taken from these workers who can barely afford to survive in this state

    –Richard Estes

  9. “UC is mirroring some of the larger changes in society that have occurred as a result of neoliberal policies over the last 30 years, higher and higher wages, fees and investment income for the upper class, often subsidized by the government (just look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing for banks and brokerage houses lately as one example) based upon reference to an illusory marketplace, while the wages of middle income, lower middle income and low income workers have been relatively stagnant”

    The LAO last year did a cost study for the University of California. Its findings contradict your opinions.

    The wages plus benefits for all UC employees, from the highest to the lowest, are much higher today than they were 20 years ago. We now have far more high-paid administrators and they make almost triple what their colleagues made a generation ago. A starting professor’s cost in 2007 was, after adjusting for inflation, double the same position’s cost in 1987. A secretary in Mrak Hall today costs UC almost 2.5 times as much as a secretary cost 20 years ago.

    About half of that increase in expenses has been with a ballooning in benefits — better retirement plans and life and medical insurance coverage. The other half is made up of higher wages.

  10. “UC is mirroring some of the larger changes in society that have occurred as a result of neoliberal policies over the last 30 years, higher and higher wages, fees and investment income for the upper class, often subsidized by the government (just look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing for banks and brokerage houses lately as one example) based upon reference to an illusory marketplace, while the wages of middle income, lower middle income and low income workers have been relatively stagnant”

    The LAO last year did a cost study for the University of California. Its findings contradict your opinions.

    The wages plus benefits for all UC employees, from the highest to the lowest, are much higher today than they were 20 years ago. We now have far more high-paid administrators and they make almost triple what their colleagues made a generation ago. A starting professor’s cost in 2007 was, after adjusting for inflation, double the same position’s cost in 1987. A secretary in Mrak Hall today costs UC almost 2.5 times as much as a secretary cost 20 years ago.

    About half of that increase in expenses has been with a ballooning in benefits — better retirement plans and life and medical insurance coverage. The other half is made up of higher wages.

  11. “UC is mirroring some of the larger changes in society that have occurred as a result of neoliberal policies over the last 30 years, higher and higher wages, fees and investment income for the upper class, often subsidized by the government (just look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing for banks and brokerage houses lately as one example) based upon reference to an illusory marketplace, while the wages of middle income, lower middle income and low income workers have been relatively stagnant”

    The LAO last year did a cost study for the University of California. Its findings contradict your opinions.

    The wages plus benefits for all UC employees, from the highest to the lowest, are much higher today than they were 20 years ago. We now have far more high-paid administrators and they make almost triple what their colleagues made a generation ago. A starting professor’s cost in 2007 was, after adjusting for inflation, double the same position’s cost in 1987. A secretary in Mrak Hall today costs UC almost 2.5 times as much as a secretary cost 20 years ago.

    About half of that increase in expenses has been with a ballooning in benefits — better retirement plans and life and medical insurance coverage. The other half is made up of higher wages.

  12. “UC is mirroring some of the larger changes in society that have occurred as a result of neoliberal policies over the last 30 years, higher and higher wages, fees and investment income for the upper class, often subsidized by the government (just look at what the Federal Reserve has been doing for banks and brokerage houses lately as one example) based upon reference to an illusory marketplace, while the wages of middle income, lower middle income and low income workers have been relatively stagnant”

    The LAO last year did a cost study for the University of California. Its findings contradict your opinions.

    The wages plus benefits for all UC employees, from the highest to the lowest, are much higher today than they were 20 years ago. We now have far more high-paid administrators and they make almost triple what their colleagues made a generation ago. A starting professor’s cost in 2007 was, after adjusting for inflation, double the same position’s cost in 1987. A secretary in Mrak Hall today costs UC almost 2.5 times as much as a secretary cost 20 years ago.

    About half of that increase in expenses has been with a ballooning in benefits — better retirement plans and life and medical insurance coverage. The other half is made up of higher wages.

  13. Note to Richard: “The wages plus benefits for all UC employees, from the highest to the lowest, are much higher today than they were 20 years ago.”

  14. Note to Richard: “The wages plus benefits for all UC employees, from the highest to the lowest, are much higher today than they were 20 years ago.”

  15. Note to Richard: “The wages plus benefits for all UC employees, from the highest to the lowest, are much higher today than they were 20 years ago.”

  16. Note to Richard: “The wages plus benefits for all UC employees, from the highest to the lowest, are much higher today than they were 20 years ago.”

  17. anonymous and others: The cost of living is now more than it was 20 years ago. So, to compare what a secretay in Mrak Hall makes now with benefits, retirement, etc. to what they made 20 years ago does not hold much.

    “A secretary in Mrak Hall today costs UC almost 2.5 times as much as a secretary cost 20 years ago.

    About half of that increase in expenses has been with a ballooning in benefits — better retirement plans and life and medical insurance coverage. The other half is made up of higher wages.”

    Higher wages are needed to keep up with the higher cost of living.

    However the adminstrators salaries and bonuses are still a joke and outlandish!!!

  18. anonymous and others: The cost of living is now more than it was 20 years ago. So, to compare what a secretay in Mrak Hall makes now with benefits, retirement, etc. to what they made 20 years ago does not hold much.

    “A secretary in Mrak Hall today costs UC almost 2.5 times as much as a secretary cost 20 years ago.

    About half of that increase in expenses has been with a ballooning in benefits — better retirement plans and life and medical insurance coverage. The other half is made up of higher wages.”

    Higher wages are needed to keep up with the higher cost of living.

    However the adminstrators salaries and bonuses are still a joke and outlandish!!!

  19. anonymous and others: The cost of living is now more than it was 20 years ago. So, to compare what a secretay in Mrak Hall makes now with benefits, retirement, etc. to what they made 20 years ago does not hold much.

    “A secretary in Mrak Hall today costs UC almost 2.5 times as much as a secretary cost 20 years ago.

    About half of that increase in expenses has been with a ballooning in benefits — better retirement plans and life and medical insurance coverage. The other half is made up of higher wages.”

    Higher wages are needed to keep up with the higher cost of living.

    However the adminstrators salaries and bonuses are still a joke and outlandish!!!