Bargaining Update #2: 2018 UC For All Contract Campaign

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Introducing Our Union’s Newsletter!

In this inaugural issue of The Public Educator, you can find our first bargaining update, stories from members, grievance victories, a few updates from the worldwide struggle for public education, and art and games! It’s available for download here. Please share widely!

The Public Educator - Issue 1
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Bargaining Update #1: 2018 UC For All Contract Campaign

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UC Student-Workers Union stands in solidarity with the Graduate Employees @ at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The UC Student-Workers Union has sent the following letter of solidarity to our fellow grad workers in the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. GEO went on strike yesterday (Monday, Feb. 26th), after the UIUC administration failed to meet demands crucial to student well-being and the preservation of education quality at UIUC.

UIUC GEO solidarity message
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Sign this petition and attend bargaining to help win a UC For All!

This Wednesday, February 28th, UC student-workers and representatives of the UC Administration will meet in our union’s statewide office in Berkeley to begin contract negotiations. We are very excited to present our groundbreaking “UC for all” bargaining goals, which call for higher wages and full fee remission for student-workers, a plan for affordable housing, sanctuary campuses, and an end to police brutality, sexual harassment, and discrimination on UC campuses. The full list of demands can be found here.

Do you want to help us win a UC for all? Take action now by signing the petition in support of our bargaining goals, then copy and paste the petition link to send it to your friends and colleagues. We will present this petition to the Administration in order to demonstrate the collective power and resolve behind our demands.

Would you like to attend negotiations? As a democratic, member-driven union, we practice open bargaining, which means that all members are welcome to attend negotiations and participate in every stage of the process. Please let us know if you plan to attend the first negotiating session on the 28th in Berkeley. And if you can’t travel to Berkeley this time, don’t worry: negotiations will take place every few weeks at different UC campuses across the state. Also, you can show your solidarity by attending an event at your campus this week — check out our Facebook Events page to see what’s happening on your campus.

The first day of negotiations is scheduled to run from 9:30am-4pm at our Union Hall (2030 Addison Street, Suite 640A in downtown Berkeley). We especially encourage members to attend the morning session (9:30am-12pm), during which we’ll do introductions and present our union’s goals for our new contract. At noon, we’ll rally and share pizza outside the union hall on Addison street, and following the day’s negotiations, we’ll head to Spats (1974 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) for a union happy hour! Wear your union shirt/union button all day on February 28th to show your solidarity with your co-workers!

Help our union build power for bargaining by signing this petition in support of our bargaining goals, and share the petition with your co-workers and colleagues!

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We are appalled. UC Police Assault AFSCME Demonstrator

Yesterday, AFSCME 3299 worker David Cole was assaulted by a campus police officer while peacefully demonstrating with fellow workers at UC Berkeley (a video of the assault is available here). Cole, a 51-year-old African American cook in Berkeley’s dining services, was injured when police put him in a chokehold, threw him to the ground, and arrested him. He was released on Thursday night after hundreds of fellow workers mobilized in order to demand his release.

We stand in solidarity, anger, and determination with our fellow workers in AFSCME 3299 and all workers fighting for racial and economic justice.

The assault on David Cole occurred during a statewide action spotlighting AFSCME’s contract negotiations, which have reached an impasse after the UC offered a 0% raise over 5 years and threatened cuts to vital benefits like healthcare and pensions. The action on Thursday also honored the legacy of Echol Cole and Robert Walker, two Black sanitation workers in Memphis, TN, who lost their lives exactly 50 years ago due to unsafe working conditions.

In a public statement, AFSCME notes that, as its workers “reaffirmed their commitment to the cause of racial equality, dignity, and respect for workers today, the University of California chose to honor the repressive legacy of the Jim Crow South. This incident only underscores UC’s deplorable record and continued resistance on issues of racial justice. We will not rest until UC agrees to provide its workers with adequate protections for immigrants and people of color.”

The racist violence of Berkeley campus police provides a vivid reminder of what is at stake for our union as we enter our own contract negotiations at the end of this month. In our Bargaining Demands we are calling for the demilitarization of campus police forces. As demonstrated by yesterday’s events, this goal is crucial to making the UC a place where all can work and learn free from harassment, violence, and discrimination.

So, as we stand in solidarity with AFSCME and all members of our communities targeted by racist policing, we prepare to add our collective power to the struggle for justice for UC workers. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about our contract campaign or get involved.

Onward,

UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865

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