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Public Comment from Caitrin Connolly-Olszewski

My name is Caitrin Connolly-Olszewski.  I am the wife of a UC Berkeley graduate student and a resident of UC Berkeley’s family housing at UC Village.  I am a trained Social Worker and currently serve on the board of the UC Village Residents Association and am also co-chair to the affordability committee.  

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Online Comment from Karin Root

As an experienced graduate student and TA (28 classes “taught” so far), I am appalled that UC’s most common response to the union’s proposed and much needed improvements in our employment conditions is to flat out reject them!

Over the years of working as a TA I have increasingly felt exploited by the UC.  

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Online Comment from Micha Rahder

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for six quarters and Graduate Student Instructor for three courses. Over the years, I have seen firsthand how cuts to the UCSC budget have affected the quality of education and student support, and the painful increases in inequality and inaccessibility that have resulted from moves towards privatizing the UC system.

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Online Comment from Samuel Weeks

Berkeley and Santa Cruz members showed up to the public comment.

How can the UC ensure that its graduate students continue to do path-breaking research? Simple: it can pay them a decent living wage.

Here are three reasons why we are calling for a pay raise:

First, graduate students work very hard to get to where they are,

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Online Comment from Amanda Modell

Gathering for public comment. The revolution will be neon pink.Student-workers and allies take the streets in Oakland. We demand smaller class size.

I am sending you this comment via email because I can’t be in Oakland today.  I have a commitment to our students and faculty to carry out my duties as a teacher during this time.  Had there been more notice of the meeting I could uphold both my obligations as a teacher and my constitutional rights as a worker.

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