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Contract Campaign Information
- Want a brief overview of how our bargaining has gone so far? Check out the bargaining team’s welcome back message or one of the detailed reports below on bargaining sessions so far.
- Bargaining Updates:
• one (July 2013)
• two (July 8&9 @UCSB)
• three (July 23&24 @UCI)
• four (Aug. 8&9 @UCI)
• welcome back (Sept. 2013)
• five (Sept. 11&12 @UCM)
• six (Sept. 16&17 @UCB)
• seven (Oct. @UCSD)
• eight (Oct. 9 @UCR)
• nine (Oct. 21&22 @UCSC)
• ten (Nov.)
• welcome back (Jan. 2014)
• eleven (Feb. 10&11 @UCD)
• update (Feb. 2014)
• twelve (March @UCB & UCLA)
- Our contract demands are designed to ensure a safe and supportive workplace and a quality, accessible education for UC student-workers and the UC community. You can read our initial demands online.
- Based on research by activists and bargaining team members, our union put out the report Towards Mediocrity: Administrative Mismanagement and the Decline of UC Education on the UC’s failing competitiveness in education.
- Join the Anti-Oppression Committee to fight for equality and access at UC.
- Fight for a specific demand by signing a petition or organizing around it.
- Are you a faculty member? Sign a petition and join the hundreds of UC faculty in support of grad students.
Please circulate to your colleagues!
- Our union is committed to a process of open bargaining where members are invited to all meetings with UC management, to form proposals, give testimony, or show support. Members, look out for emails from your campus officers to find out when bargaining is coming to you.
- So far, we have found that our greatest success with getting UC to listen to our demands often comes when members mobilize around them. Although open bargaining is a powerful way to do this, mobilization does not end at the bargaining meeting door, and actions in the streets have won students powerful gains like tuition freezes and unionization for graduate student-workers. If you have ideas for how to mobilize around particular demands or concerns about bargaining, contact your campus’ Bargaining Team member or a union activist: contact information is listed here.
- Print out this flyer explaining what is at stake this year. Pin it up in your office, your department, or your classroom.
- Our demands are supported by hundreds of UC faculty members who have signed a petition in support started by UC Berkeley faculty members, as well as the UCSC Faculty Association, UCI Faculty Association, UC Berkeley Faculty Association, and UCSD department chairs. We also have the support of undergraduates, including the President of Berkeley’s ASUC. If you’d like to encourage those at your campus to join the call, please read the UCSD chairs’ letter for an example of what letters of support could look like.
- Members have been blogging about bargaining at Shit Management Says.
- Follow the union on Twitter or Facebook for updates from bargaining and more. And like the union on your campus:
- Davis • Berkeley • Santa Cruz • Merced • Santa Barbara • Riverside • Los Angeles • Irvine • San Diego
- You can read other student-workers’ testimonials from the bargaining room at Towards Mediocrity.
- If you like our demands, consider changing your Facebook profile picture to one of our demands: here.
- Competitive Wages Campaign
- The bargaining team has proposed that student-worker wages be raised to be tied to UC’s competitor universities, where wages are at least $2697 higher. The call is supported by department chairs at UCSD, the UCSC Faculty Association, and many more faculty members who say that it is difficult to recruit top students when our wages are noncompetitive.
- Student-Parent Support
- Sign the petition for full childcare and dependent healthcare benefits. Member activists have made guides for surviving as a student-parent at UC. So far there are guides available for UC Berkeley and UC Davis.
- Undocumented Student Rights
- Encouragingly, UC management has claimed to be supportive of rights for undocumented graduate students. However, with record-level deporter Janet Napolitano as President of UC, it may take a lot of pressure to turn this claim into concrete gains. Sign the petition for equal funding and employment opportunities for undocumented grad students.
- LGBTQI Rights
- Sign the petition for all-gender restrooms at UC.
- GSR Rights
- Sign the petition for UC to recognize GSRs’ right to collective bargaining. The right to form a union is a human right, yet UC repeatedly insists that GSRs and RAs are not workers and therefore do not deserve this right and has led propaganda campaigns and lobbying efforts to ensure that they cannot get it.
- Union Rights
- UC has repeatedly refused to provide basic data to UAW 2865, such as data that could reveal hiring disparities based on age and gender. Sign the petition for UC to respond to bargaining team members’ requests for information.
Your Bargaining Team Members
- Duane Wright, UC Davis
- Brenda Medina-Hernandez, UC Davis
- Amanda Armstrong, UC Berkeley
- Mike Holmes, UC Berkeley
- Michelle Glowa, UC Santa Cruz
- Joshua Brahinsky, UC Santa Cruz
- Eric Chiu, UC Merced
- Josh Franco, UC Merced
- Amanda Zeddy, UC Santa Barbara
- Rob Ackerman, UC Santa Barbara
- Jason Ball, UC Los Angeles
- Cody Trojan, UC Los Angeles
- Robert Wood, UC Irvine
- Jessica Conte, UC Irvine
- John Gust, UC Riverside
- Jason Struna, UC Riverside
- Arash Arfaee, UC San Diego
- Leslie Manjarrez, UC San Diego