The purpose of the UAW 2865 Anti-Oppression Committee is wide-ranging. We hope to work together with members from across the UC to challenge all forms of oppression.: The AOC is interested in identifying and challenging discrimination in our workplaces; organizing in solidarity with students, community groups, and other unions against various forms of oppression within the UC system; helping develop demands during contract bargaining that challenge racism, language discrimination, sexism, trans- and homophobia, ableism, ageism and citizenship status.
Our union has an elected committee, our bargaining team, that is currently bargaining for a better contract. Our demands include more protections for academic student workers and improving our work conditions (smaller class sizes, leave of absence policies that actually benefit us, better quality of access to figuring out what jobs are available, better health care benefits), demands for safer campuses (protections for undocumented student workers, measures to demilitarize campus, protections for survivors of sexual violence), and improving our standards of living (wage increases to meet the escalating costs of living). Negotiating a new contract also represents an opportunity to combat forms of discrimination and bias in the UC. The AOC recognizes multiple factors which impact academic student workers, and we will work to advance these issues in our new contract and in our broader agenda as a union beyond the contract campaign.
Additionally, the AOC seeks to critically educate ourselves and all members about how to address power dynamics within the union. We plan to develop sustainable practices and leadership development pathways to diversify union leadership and educate our membership. These programs expand the resources we make available to all campuses to support all members to build consciousness around anti-oppression issues within the union and across all spheres of the UC student experience. Our work is informed by our experiences as students and members at the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, age, nation, gender, sexuality, and ability.
To get involved with the Anti-Oppression Committee email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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