2011 Triennial Election: Irvine Joint Council Candidates

 

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Information on the statewide Local Executive Board election is here. Information on Joint Council candidate elections and Sample Ballots for each Unit are in a separate post specific for each unit.

Below is a list of nominated candidates for Irvine unit representatives to the Joint Council.
Candidate statements are listed for each candidate per Article 14 of the Local Bylaws.


Unit Chair (1 Position)

Coral Wheeler

I’m running for Unit Chair of the Irvine campus as a member of the United for Social and Economic Justice team. I come out of the physics department at UCI where, as an active union member, I worked tirelessly within the union to increase the participation of both undergraduate and graduate students, particularly from the sciences. I served as the UCI Recording Secretary and member of the statewide bargaining team for over three years, negotiating three contracts as the representative from UCI. I was soon elected as the as the local union Recording Secretary and then later as the southern Vice President, a position I held for over a year. I eventually decided to take time off from academia to accept a full time position with the union. In this position, I helped organize the Postdocs at the UC, creating a sister local for 2865 and serving to increase our strength through helping other workers at UC form a union and raise the level of their working conditions. Last fall, I decided that I wanted to return to graduate school to finish my PhD.

I’m running for Unit Chair of the Irvine campus because I want to continue to improve working conditions for academic student employees at the UC. If elected, I will continue to fight for an accessible, affordable UC and for the rights of international students. I will fight for gains in wages, childcare and other family-friendly benefits and for non-resident tuition. I look forward to continuing to fight alongside other UAW members and members of the campus community to advance the cause of social justice in California and beyond.

There’s never been a more critical time for us to speak with a powerful, unified voice as a union. Public higher education is under attack in Sacramento and Washington. Our right – and the right of all public employees – to have a union is under attack. And we face a constant struggle to preserve our rights and benefits against take-aways by UC.

We’re part of a team of union members that’s built the strength of our union and won great contracts over the past ten years at UC. We’re committed to continue building a strong, grassroots, member-run union that:

·  wins great contracts;
·  recruits diverse leaders from a variety of departments on every UC campus;
·  plays a leading role in helping new groups of workers form unions;
·  works in coalition with students, unions and other progressive allies to defend public higher education against budget cuts and privatization.

A complete description of our plans to continue strengthening UAW 2865 is at: uniteduc.org. We also want your feedback and input on how we can continue strengthening our union.

I would be honored to have your vote. Please make sure to print-out this list of all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates and bring it to the polls. Please cast a ballot for all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates – both here at UC

Robert Wood

My name is Robert. I’m a seventh year graduate student in comparative literature, and I’m running for Campus Unit Chair as a part of the Academic Workers for a Democratic Union, a reform caucus in the union. I have been involved in the union as a volunteer, a steward, and have been a head steward for the past three months. In this capacity I have been active in: arranging department meetings, helping organize the recent union movie night, and playing a central role in coordinating a rally against budget cuts. Additionally, we are currently working on setting up campaigns to deal with workload issues on campus and to confront the high cost of campus housing.

Graduate students are facing increasing attacks on all sides: budget cuts, higher workloads, and unaffordable housing. The UAW leadership has been absent on our campus, unresponsive to member concerns, uninterested in member participation, and should have fought for a better contract. We can play a powerful role in defending a public and democratic vision of the University of California, but our ability to play that role is dependent on an active rank and file membership. The only way we can move towards that goal is by reforming the structure of the union. We must break away from the increasingly hierarchical, non-participatory structure of the union created by the leadership, and replace it with a more decentralized structure that emphasizes rank and file control over the day to day decision making process of the union and social justice. Please visit awdu.org for more information.

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Recording Secretary (1 Position)

Anne Kelly

I’m Anne Kelly, a third year graduate student in Earth System Science and an active member of the reform caucus of the UAW, Academic Workers for a Democratic Union. I am running for Head Steward to transform our union a democratic and powerful force for our fellow members. I have spent ten years in the social justice movement in Southern California, and I believe that a student-run UAW is the most effective way to fight for justice on our campus. Graduate students are facing increasing attacks on all sides: budget cuts, higher workloads, and unaffordable housing. The UAW leadership has been absent on our campus, unresponsive to member concerns, uninterested in member participation, and should have fought for a better contract. Along with other student members of the AWDU caucus, we will reshape our union from an absentee dues collection agency into a member-run advocate for critical issues on our campus, including fair workloads, affordable housing and childcare, and quality education for UC students.

Marie van Staveren

I’m running for Executive Board Guide and Recording Secretary for the Irvine campus together with other members of the United for Social and Economic Justice team. As a graduate student and TA in the chemistry department, I have been a member of our union for three years. Because our working conditions are the students’ learning conditions, we must fight to ensure that academic student employees receive a living wage and fair working conditions. Our union is a member of the campus community, and we must be aware of the needs of the other students and workers on campus. We must also empower our members to enforce their rights under the current contract so that the gains we win are actually being implemented.

I’m part of a team of union members that’s built the strength of our union and won great contracts over the past ten years at UC. We’re committed to continue building a strong, grassroots, member-run union that:

·  wins great contracts;
·  recruits diverse leaders from a variety of departments on every UC campus;
·  plays a leading role in helping new groups of workers form unions;
·  works in coalition with students, unions and other progressive allies to defend public higher education against budget cuts and privatization.

A complete description of our plans to continue strengthening UAW 2865 is at: uniteduc.org. We also want your feedback and input on how we can continue strengthening our union.

I would be honored to have your vote. Please make sure to print-out this list of all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates and bring it to the polls. Please cast a ballot for all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates – both here at Irvine, and for all statewide offices.

Thank you for your support.

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Head Steward (6 Positions)

Chima Anyadike-Danes

I am Chima Anyadike-Danes, a first year graduate student in Anthropology at UCI and member of AWDU. I am running for Head Steward with the goal of transforming our union into a movement effectively addressing the concerns of rank and file members. In my short time in Southern California I have seen an increasing pressure on University students in general, and graduate students in particular, in the form of an ever diminishing budget and ballooning classes all justified through a rhetoric of financial hardship. Despite this dire situation, the upper echelons of UAW leadership have singularly failed to effectively engage with its rank and file members. Specifically, the necessary participatory structures have been left to atrophy and the leadership has been largely absent on our campus. They appear uninterested in the concerns of members and unconcerned with members active participation, preferring instead a hierarchical model of governance. Most egregious, though, has been their failure to negotiate a contract that satisfies the needs of rank and file members. The goal of the AWDU caucus is to reconstitute our union as rank and file run entity which addresses the critical issues continually overlooked on our campus: fair workloads, affordable housing and a high standard of education for University of California students.

Jordan Brocious

My name is Jordan Brocious; I’m a second year physics student working in the chemistry department at UC Irvine.

I have been organizing against the budget cuts and for social justice issues in the UC system since my first day of class with the Fall 2009 Walk Out. Much of the fight against austerity was done as students, and not explicitly as workers, which is why I am running on the UAW reform caucus slate, Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (AWDU).

Our union has relied on a top-down, bureaucratic structure, but there is more strength in active and democratic member participation. As the Irvine Recording Secretary I helped promote direct member involvement in solidarity actions with other campus and community student groups and unions, where previously our leadership had interest in absently collecting dues.

I affirm that the AWDU slate would work to return control of the local to where it should be: the members and the stewards. From there we can all fight more effectively for better workloads, affordable housing, and public education!

You can learn more about our movement to reform our union and empower student-workers by visiting the website of Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (AWDU) at awdu.org.

Rosario Cammarota

I’m running for Head Steward as a member of the United for Social and Economic Justice team. I’m a 3rd year graduate student in Computer Science.

I’m running for Head Steward because it important to keep track of the needs of and improve the life of academic student employees.

There’s never been a more critical time for us to speak with a powerful, unified voice as a union. Public higher education is under attack in Sacramento and Washington. Our right – and the right of all public employees – to have a union is under attack. And we face a constant struggle to preserve our rights and benefits against take-aways by UC.

We’re part of a team of union members that’s built the strength of our union and won great contracts over the past ten years at UC. We’re committed to continue building a strong, grassroots, member-run union that:

·  wins great contracts;
·  recruits diverse leaders from a variety of departments on every UC campus;
·  plays a leading role in helping new groups of workers form unions;
·  works in coalition with students, unions and other progressive allies to defend public higher education against budget cuts and privatization.

A complete description of our plans to continue strengthening UAW 2865 is at: uniteduc.org. We also want your feedback and input on how we can continue strengthening our union.

I would be honored to have your vote. Please make sure to print-out this list of all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates and bring it to the polls. Please cast a ballot for all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates – both here at UC Irvine, and for all statewide offices.

Thank you for your support!

Alfredo Carlos

As a former Santa Barbara Living Wage and Oxnard UFW organizer I look forward to the opportunity to help build a strong rank and file membership within the UAW as well as provide progressive leadership along with the rest of the UAW membership in furthering the interests and goals of all UC ASE’s, especially those at the Irvine Campus. My organizing background has taught me that in order to be successful as an organizer one must be as inclusive as possible and allow and promote as much membership decision making and participation as possible. It is my goal to help make the UAW an inclusive labor union, that runs on the input of all its members, from whom the strength of the union comes from. I look forward to the opportunity to help build a strong membership at UCI.

Ben Cox

I am running for Head Steward at UCI as an active member of Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (AWDU), a reform caucus of the UAW. As a first year student in Anthropology, I have been disappointed by two related issues: the absence of our union on campus, and the inability of our union to win a better contract in the fall. Both of these issues are symptomatic of the increasingly hierarchical and non- participatory structure practiced by the current statewide leadership. I am committed to building a more transparent, communicative, and open union structure in order to better reflect the concerns of our members. Graduate students are facing attacks on all sides: budget cuts, higher workloads, increasing class sizes, unaffordable housing options, and diminishing academic job markets. Now, more than ever, we need to emphasize the power that a vibrant, democratic, and student-run union can bring to these debates. Our university must become a more dynamic body that both reflects and pursues issues of social justice. I became a Head Steward in the winter in order to build more effective and powerful infrastructures for mobilizing around these important issues. I hope to continue in this capacity now. Please visit awdu.org to learn more about our movement to reform the union, empower student- workers, and challenge the continuing privatization of our public university!

Véronique Fortin

I am a second year Ph.D. student in Criminology, Law and Society and I am an active member of AWDU – – “Academic Workers for a Democratic Union” — a reform caucus for the UAW Local 2865 (see awdu.org for more info). As a current head steward on this campus, I have helped promote direct involvement of members in the union (e.g. organizing more lively monthly membership meeting, reaching out to student parents, etc.). I am running again for the position of head steward because I want to continue to make the union more responsive to members’ concerns and encourage more direct participation in the fights for critical issues, including more affordable housing. I want to contribute to the long-term effort to reform our union and make it more transparent and truly democratic. Also, I believe that we, as student workers and members of UAW Local 2865, have a role to play in the struggles against the general trend toward privatization of the University of California. As head steward, I am confident that with a strong union, run by and for student workers, we can defend the quality and accessibility of public education and effect real changes in our work environment… our university.

Shahin Golshan

I’m running for Head Steward as a member of the United for Social and Economic Justice team. I’m a 6th year PhD student and TA in the school of information and computer sciences.

I’m running for the position, since I believe it is important for student employees to participate and have a voice in collective bargaining. There’s never been a more critical time for us to speak with a powerful, unified voice as a union. Public higher education is under attack in Sacramento and Washington. Our right – and the right of all public employees – to have a union is under attack. And we face a constant struggle to preserve our rights and benefits against take-aways by UC.

We’re part of a team of union members that’s built the strength of our union and won great contracts over the past ten years at UC. We’re committed to continue building a strong, grassroots, member-run union that:

·  wins great contracts;
·  recruits diverse leaders from a variety of departments on every UC campus;
·  plays a leading role in helping new groups of workers form unions;
·  works in coalition with students, unions and other progressive allies to defend public higher education against budget cuts and privatization.

A complete description of our plans to continue strengthening UAW 2865 is at: uniteduc.org. We also want your feedback and input on how we can continue strengthening our union.

I would be honored to have your vote. Please make sure to print-out this list of all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates and bring it to the polls. Please cast a ballot for all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates – both here at University of California, Irvine, and for all statewide offices.

Thank you for your support.
Daniel Seneca Lindsey

My name is Seneca, I’m a third year PhD student studying Earth System Science and I am running for the position of Head Steward. I am a reform candidate running along side fellow reformers with the AWDU (Academic Workers for a Democratic Union) reform caucus of the UAW Local 2865. In the last vacancy election 3 months ago I became a head steward and have been active in: arranging department meetings, helping organize union social nights, helping organize against education cuts, and reaching out to diverse campus groups such as the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. I look forward to fighting for issues important to all of us, for example, affordable graduate student housing!

I will fight against a number of policies that the current leadership uses to maintain a top down power structure, including the fact that stewards are not allowed to see the Irvine membership list and are not allowed to directly email Irvine union members. These two facts alone subvert the fundamental strength of a union: an active, informed and mobilized base. The current way in which the union operates needs to change and I am excited to be a part of a statewide movement to decentralize power and put it back in the hands of the membership! Please visit www.awdu.org for more information.

Rajinder Mavi

I’m running for head steward as a member of the United for Social and Economic Justice team. I’m a fifth year Ph.D. student in the math department.

I have worked with the union in membership drives and union orientations to help create a union that is more engaged with its members. As head steward I will act as a representation of the members, that is, obtaining input from the membership to help generate policy that will reflect the general will. I believe the union in the resent past has done an excellent job in both representing the membership and winning great contracts and I hope to continue this record.

There’s never been a more critical time for us to speak with a powerful, unified voice as a union. Public higher education is under attack in Sacramento and Washington. Our right, and the right of all public employees – to have a union is under attack. And we face a constant struggle to preserve our rights and benefits against take-aways by UC.

We’re part of a team of union members that’s built the strength of our union and won great contracts over the past ten years at UC. We’re committed to continue building a strong, grassroots, member-run union that:

1. wins great contracts;
2. recruits diverse leaders from a variety of departments on every UC campus
3. plays a leading role in helping new groups of workers form unions;
4. works in coalition with students, unions and other progressive allies to defend public higher education against budget cuts and privatization.

A complete description of our plans to continue strengthening UAW 2865 is at: uniteduc.org. We also want your feedback and input on how we can continue strengthening our union.

I would be honored to have your vote. Please make sure to print-out this list of all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates and bring it to the polls. Please cast a ballot for all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates, both here at Irvine, and for all statewide offices.

Thank you for your support.

Daji Yuan

I’m running for Head steward as a member of the United for Social and Economic Justice team. I’m a 5th year graduate student and a reader in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

I’m running for Head steward because I want to increase awareness of the union and the participation of academic student employees from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

There’s never been a more critical time for us to speak with a powerful, unified voice as a union. Public higher education is under attack in Sacramento and Washington. Our right – and the right of all public employees – to have a union is under attack. And we face a constant struggle to preserve our rights and benefits against take-always by UC.

We’re part of a team of union members that’s built the strength of our union and won great contracts over the past ten years at UC. We’re committed to continue building a strong, grassroots, member-run union that:

·  wins great contracts;
·  recruits diverse leaders from a variety of departments on every UC campus;
·  plays a leading role in helping new groups of workers form unions;
·  works in coalition with students, unions and other progressive allies to defend public higher education against budget cuts and privatization.

A complete description of our plans to continue strengthening UAW2865 is at: uniteduc.org. We also want your feedback and input on how we can continue strengthening our union.

I would be honored to have your vote. Please make sure to print-out this list of all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates and bring it to the polls. Please cast a ballot for all the United for Social and Economic Justice candidates – both here at UC Irvine, and for all statewide offices.

Thank you for your support.

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