Schwartzenegger Vetoes UC Labor Studies Budget
Dear friends and supporters of U.C. labor research and education:
MANY OF YOU HAVE seen the emailed message from President Dynes or reports in the press that
the Governor vetoed $3.8 million in funding for labor studies at University of California. This
item had been included in the budget passed with bipartisan support in both the Senate and
Assembly last week. The veto was, to put it mildly, a surprise to the many in the legislature who
support labor research and education. Although budgetary savings were stated as the reason, this
was the only item vetoed in the entire UC budget.
We want to assure you that the effort to maintain funding for this important work is far
from over. Discussions with legislative leadership are on-going. We will also continue to press
our case that this work deserves full support from the University's other resources, which have
grown considerably this year. Research and education on matters of importance to the working
people of this state may deserve more resources from the university than they presently receive;
they certainly deserve no less.
During this budget cycle, we have been heartened by the many people who have expressed
support for our research and education programs. We will continue to present the facts to state
leaders and to the university: that the work we do is of top quality, has much policy relevance
and deserves priority funding, both from the legislature and from internal university sources.
We will keep you informed as we learn more.
Professor of Economics and
Director, UC Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations
Chair, UC Berkeley Center on Labor Research and Education
Professor of Sociology and
Director, UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations
Professor of Law and former
Acting Director, UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations
Director, UCLA Center on Labor Research and Education