5,000 Protest at UC Berkeley Over Tuition and Layoffs
Posted Sep 24, 2009 3:33 PM CST
By Martha Neil
Some 5,000 individuals protested at the University of California at Berkeley today over planned tuition increases, furloughs and layoffs in response to a state budget crisis.
Similar protests were expected statewide, reports the Contra Costa Times.
"Two-thirds of our union members have salaries in the low $40,000s," says Toni Mendocino, an administrative assistant facing a threatened furlough from her job at the university's law school. "I'm 40 and I have four roommates. Every time I take BART or the bus to work, I have to think if I can afford it."
L.A. Now (Los Angeles Times): "UC protests loud but peaceful; no major disruptions or problems reported"
New York Times: "California University Cuts Protested "
Updated at 4:52 p.m. to link to Los Angeles Times coverage and at 5:58 p.m. to link to New York Times coverage.