Critics of outsourcing say the rush to replace the wages and benefits of public employees with lower-paying, private-sector jobs has taken its toll on America’s middle class.
It’s been no secret that public higher education in California is badly broken, following four decades of disinvestment and tuition hikes.
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Since 2004, California’s public university students have collectively racked up student debt in excess of $12 billion. There was a time when tuition-free college was the norm in California.
UC President Janet Napolitano had once seemed ready to raise working standards, but today, say her critics, she runs the 10-campus system like a business.
Serious contract negotiations are now underway between the University of California system and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents nearly 14,000 clerical workers and administrative support staff.