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5,000 Protest at UC Berkeley Over Tuition and Layoffs

Posted Sep 24, 2009 4:33 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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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."

Additional coverage:

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.

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