As we go to press: On December 1, Judge Winton McKibbon, the state law and motions judge in Alameda County, CA, ruled that Merle Woo could proceed with her breach of contract suit, rejecting the University of California’s motion that the state court date be put off until her federal discrimination proceedings are completed. Woo could collect damages in the state suit; damages are not allowed in the federal suit.
This victory followed closely on the heels of another success. On November 23, the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) upheld its earlier ruling on a complaint brought by the American Federation of Teachers, that the University of California’s unilateral reduction of the maximum teaching time for lecturers from eight to four years was illegal. UC used the 4-year rule to fire Woo in 1982. The University had appealed PERB’s original ruling which mandates that Woo and all fired lecturers be rehired with full back pay and benefits.
Two big wins for Woo! Full steam ahead toward final victory!