Evaluation can be a harrowing experience for any educator. But
for non-tenured faculty in the UC system, the emotional drain is
compounded by the critical role that evaluations play in whether
a lecturer continues to work at all.
At UC Berkeley, 16 lecturer site representatives are fanning out
across the sprawling campus. In Davis, the union is fielding at
least 15. In both places, the effort to meet the challenge of a
new era in public sector labor relations is part of an even
larger move to change the culture of the union.
His voice may be a little hoarse and his cold is still
hanging on, but Ben Harder is there for the start of bargaining.
Harder leads the negotiating team of UC-AFT lecturers. Their
contract expires June 30, and the talks started March 3.
Goetz Wolff has taught at UCLA for more than 20
years, but was generally more involved with Southern California’s
vibrant labor movement than with the union on his job. Wolff, for
example, earned high praise for his six years as research
director at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, but
barely knew the ins and outs of the University Council-AFT.
Classics lecturer John Rundin feels
privileged to pass on to another generation the cultural
treasures that were given to him by the previous generation. The
teacher of Latin and ancient Greek is one of two recipients of
this year’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UC Davis
“I live my job, love what I do, and I love my students,” says
Rundin. “It is a great honor.”