Several Union Activists Arrested While Protesting at Regents Meeting

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SAN FRANCISCO-Protests at the UC Board of Regents meeting led to the detainment of several union activists Wednesday morning.

More than 10 UCSF Police Department officers moved into the meeting to arrest the activists, held at the UC San Francisco-Mission Bay campus, and the meeting resumed after a more than 20-minute delay.

"It's only through our actions that we are going to make a difference in the system," said Julian Posadas, executive vice president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, whose call for an extension of the public comment period sparked the demonstration of approximately 80 activists at the meeting. "We have to do our actions to get (the regents') attention."

Police department representatives could not be reached for comment.

After the meeting resumed at approximately 9:30 a.m., UC Board of Regents Chair Russell Gould dismissed activists' claims that UC employees had lost confidence in UC President Mark Yudof. He said the passage of the no-confidence vote against Yudof on Sept. 3 did not reflect systemwide dissatisfaction with Yudof's leadership, as less than 10 percent of UC employees participated in the vote.

"It's astounding that (the vote) gets as much attention as it does," Gould said. "I am placing my confidence in (Yudof) as well as my gratitude."

Union activists have criticized Yudof for his implementation of systemwide employee furloughs, salary reductions ranging from 4 to 10 percent and other reductions to meet the budget gap.

Regents defended the new policies, saying they have little leeway due to a cumulative $813 million cut in state support to the system.


Zach E.J. Williams is the assistant university news editor. Contact him at [email protected]



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