Kristin Luker Disagrees with UC Professors’ Call for Staff Layoffs

Los Angeles Times, July 22, 2009 by Kristin Luker,0,7035500.story

The “staff” lurking in the background of the Cooter and Edlin Op-Ed article are disproportionately women and people of color, and they work for wages even further below the prevailing market because they lack the bargaining power of professors and the ability to pull up stakes to move to better options. More important, many of them work at UC because they have a moral commitment to what the university system represents at its best: a chance for a better future for individuals and for communities. Yet their contributions are often invisible precisely because of who they are.