Davis professors conduct two-day walkout

The Associated Press
Thursday May 30, 2002

DAVIS — A two-day walkout by lecturers shut down some classes Wednesday at the University of California’s Davis campus. 

Organizers said 100 classes were affected, though university officials pegged the total at not more than a dozen. 

About 80 teachers and students manned picket lines to protest policies they say will reduce writing, foreign language and economic programs, cut lecturers’ positions and undermine education quality. 

Campus officials say the programs will be maintained and even increased. They say lecturers will be replaced by tenured professors. 

The slow pace of contract negotiations for all UC lecturers is adding to the dispute. The lecturers have been without a contract for two years. Lecturers said they will continue their walkout Thursday.