An Open Letter to UC Faculty
August 31, 2009
We are grateful for Provost Pitts’ letter of 21 August—sent at the opening of a late summer weekend, with unimpeachably cowardly timing—for clarifying certain matters. Foremost among them is the farce of shared governance, in distinction to emergency powers. It is now finally inarguable that the polling of the faculty on significant matters is a fig leaf for the will of the Chancellors and the Office of the President. We stand corrected: shared governance is merely the polite name for emergency powers.
The walkout, which has been endorsed by the American Association of University Professors, will coincide with a previously scheduled strike by the local University Professional and Technical Employees union, which represents 12,000 university employees.