University of California professors consider walkout

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University of California professors across the state may walk out of class for one day later this month to protest budget cuts. KPCC's Susan Valot says more than 270 faculty members have signed an online petition in support of a walkout on September 24th. They're circulating a petition on paper, too.

The professors are upset about tuition hikes, layoffs, and pay cuts in the form of at least 11 unpaid work furlough days this upcoming school year. That's the equivalent of up to a 10 percent pay cut.

In a letter to UC leaders, the group is demanding no pay cuts or furloughs for those who make $40,000 a year or less. The professors also want what they call "full disclosure of the budget" – they're upset with how the UC regents and the university system's president went about making budget cuts.

The UC leaders say the cuts are necessary to chip away at the system's more than $800 million budget gap left by state cuts. Dozens of UC professors, including several from UC Irvine, UCLA, and UC Riverside, are calling for a one-day walkout to protest.