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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

UC Berkeley Celebrates $15 Minimum Wage With....Job Cuts

by JASmius

This story merits a hat-tip, but does it even need a lede?:

Financially troubled UC Berkeley will eliminate five hundred staff jobs over two years to help balance its budget by 2019-20, the Chronicle has learned. [emphasis added]

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees Monday informing them of the job reductions and said they will amount to “a modest reduction of 6% of our staff workforce.”...

Until the next round of "reductions".

An estimated $50 million will be saved by eliminating the jobs, Dirks said in the memo, which offered few details. [emphasis added]

Here's an only half-flippant question: When did Berzerkley get hostiley taken over by right-wing extremist plutocrats?

I say half-flippant because Big Labor is apparently seriously asking it:

The news was greeted with anger by some labor union leaders, who criticized Berkeley and the entire UC for what they say is excessive spending on executive salaries at the expense of lower-paid workers. [emphases added]

All I can muster myself to say is two things: (1) when it comes to their own wallets, leftwingnuts are the most conservative animals on the planet; and (2) sometimes two pictures really are worth a thousand words each.

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