Yee plans to block Crane’s UC Regents confirmation


Citing UC Regent David Crane’s op-ed in the Chronicle, in which Crane questioned if public sector workers should have collective bargaining rights, Sen. Leland Yee says he wants to stop Crane’s UC Regents confirmation and protect the vital services provided in our communities by public employees.”

In his op-ed, Crane argues that “collective bargaining for public employees in California changed the balance of power and - most importantly - gave public employees power over their compensation and benefits.”

But Yee, who is running in the San Francisco mayor’s race this fall, counters that the only public employees at the UC that have any real power over their compensation are the top executives.

“The Regents consistently cater to the elite and ignore their unionized workers – nurses, janitors, technicians, bus drivers, teaching assistants, and others,” Yee stated. “Collective bargaining is vital in addressing this disparity and fighting the unconscionable acts of UC administrators.”

Crane, who identifies as a Democrat, was an adviser to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who appointed him to the Board of Regents during his final days as governor. And Crane awaits final confirmation to the Board of Regents by the Senate.

But Sen. Yee and a bunch of community members and public employees hope to block Crane’s confirmation, starting with a noontime rally in San Francisco on Friday, March 4, at UC’s Medical Center at 513 Parnassus Avenue.

“UC Regent David Crane recently took his cue from Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and called for an end to collective bargaining rights for California’s teachers, nurses, firefighters, university employees, and other public sector workers,” Yee stated in a press release. “While the Regents approve million dollar contracts for their top administrators, David Crane wants to take away the rights of working class families. It is time for Regent Crane to put away his Wisconsin playbook and come down from his ivory tower.”
“While the Regents have approved million dollar contracts for their top administrators, they allow many UC workers and their families to live in poverty,” Yee continued. “Now, Regent Crane wants to take away their only avenue to earning a livable wage and a respectable retirement – their collective bargaining rights.”

Yee notes that UC service workers wages’ can be as low as $13 an hour. That 96 percent of these workers are income eligible for at least one of the following public assistance programs: food stamps, WIC (women, infants, and children), public housing subsidies, and reduced lunch. That many work two or three jobs to meet their families’ basic needs.  And that all this is happening against a backdrop in which the UC Board of Regents has consistently provided double-figure raises to their top administrators. 

Yee cites the “retention salary adjustment” for UCLA Medical Center CEO David Feinberg, whose salary was recently increased by an additional $160,300 per year to $900,000.  The Regents also voted to award Feinberg an additional $250,000 annual retention bonus. And if you add in his annual Medical Center incentive payment, Feinberg's annual compensation is more than $1. 3 million. UC President Mark Yudof also pulls in over a million annually, when salary, housing, and benefits are factored in.



Is this his 3rd press conference this week??

So now he is railing against free speech? He didn't cite a single fact that Crane got wrong. Where did Crane call for "taking away" anyone's collective bargaining rights- a flat out lie from Shark Fin?

"Police...Firefighters...Nurses...Wisconsin" blah blah blah. It's a miracle he didn't bring up the Koch brothers.

The guy is an obnoxious hack- what a disaster of a mayor he would be....

Posted by Guest on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

You're an idiot if you read his op-ed in the SacBee and didn't conclude he was calling for eliminating collective bargaining.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

You're an idiot if you read Crane's op-ed and didn't conclude he was calling for eliminating collective bargaining for public employees.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

Please cite the quote in the Op-Ed where Crane called for eliminating collective bargaining for public employees - otherwise you're an idiot...Gee- name calling is fun.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

" Collective bargaining is a good thing when it’s needed to equalize power, but when public employees already have that equality because of civil service protections, collective bargaining in the public sector serves to reduce benefits for citizens and to raise costs for taxpayers. Citizens and taxpayers should consider this as they watch events unfold in Madison."

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2011 @ 12:48 am

You revealed where you're coming from when you used the term "Shark Fin." Thanks for helping me to make my mind up to sign the petition against Crane.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 08, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

Leland Yee may be the most vacuous politician on the San Francisco radar.

Listen to Crane on Ronn Owens. (Podcast, etc.) It aired today, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. Hard to argue with anything he is saying. And contrary to Yee's belief, Crane views UC employees differently from other public employees and his rationale makes sense.

And Yee's position on shark fins is ridiculous.

Posted by The Commish on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

Because they know that he is going to slice their city funding like a fins off of a shark, and that is the best part about watching the childless nonprofiteers pontificating about how family of color friendly they are while caterwauling about how bad everyone but David Chiu is.

Once Willie and Rose realize that David Chiu is toast, they're going to glom onto Ed Lee, leaving David Chiu alone with his progocialite supporters who don't do what it takes to win elections, and in the dust.


Posted by marcos on Mar. 03, 2011 @ 10:18 am

Brown and Pak already know David Chiu is toast. Chiu is being played and used and he needs to wake up to that, and make a move to change the nature of his campaign in order to retain whatever integrity he's got left. I would recommend he pick a crucial progressive issue and push hard for it during the race such that real change happens on that issue. This won't put him over the top, but at least it will start the rebuilding of the bridges that he's burned with progressives.

Note that neither Brown nor Pak were anywhere near Chiu's press event announcing his run for mayor.

If they really intended to see him in Room 200 they would have been there and they would have made sure it was a huge media event, not the joke that it was; with no sound system, cheap handwritten rally signs, and only one other elected official at the mike.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Mar. 03, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

boys and girls,

Just couldn't resist this one. It should be played on a boombox in the crowd everytime Yee (who changed his votes after-the-fact over 100 times last year) starts to speak:

Enuff said?


Posted by Guest h. brown on Mar. 03, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

Yee would not have voted for Franklin Roosevelt.

President R thought that collective bargaining rights would put public officials too much under the thumb of public-sector union bosses.

Better vote Franklin Roosevelt off the Progressive Island, too.

Posted by Barton on Mar. 03, 2011 @ 6:05 pm