Please VOTE by Dec 18th: UC Student-Workers Union Initial Bargaining Goals Ratification

Dear unionists,

We are writing today to request your ratification of the 2018 Initial Bargaining Goals for upcoming contract negotiations with UC.

The stakes of this round of bargaining are higher than ever. In the context of the GOP tax bill, anti-immigrant legislation, and other attacks against public education and working people, our union is committed to leading the fight for economic security and social justice in contract negotiations with UC, which are set to begin in 2018. Over the past several months, we have gathered feedback from thousands of UAW 2865 members to craft a transformative bargaining agenda to build power and win justice at UC. The bargaining team is recommending this set of Initial Bargaining Goals for membership approval.

Our union’s elections committee sent out an email via survey monkey on Dec. 5 with a link to vote on these priorities. Please vote to ratify these priorities and add your name as a supporter of the goals.

If you or someone you know is a UAW 2865 member but did not receive an email link, please have them request a ballot here. We will deliver a final copy of the demands, along with the list of supporters, to the University when we start bargaining by March of 2018.

Nearly 4,000 members filled out a bargaining survey, hundreds of members organized bargaining town halls, and member leaders met in Santa Barbara last month for our union’s Statewide Bargaining Convention to provide feedback on the initial draft of the demands and discuss plans to build our collective power to win our demands. We will present these collective priorities to the UC in January 2018, and continue to organize with members across the state in the coming months as we translate our goals into campaigns to win specific proposals.

Our bargaining goals reflect our membership’s commitment to social justice unionism. Student-workers understand the inextricable link between our fight for economic security, for a more inclusive and diverse UC, and for quality, accessible education. Working together, we can make UC safer and more accessible for immigrant, undocumented, and international student-workers. We can win survivor-centered sexual harassment and sexual violence protections. We can win lower student-to-teacher ratios to improve the quality of the education we deliver.

All of this is possible if a majority of student-workers come together to send a decisive message to the UC about our priorities. We look forward to working with you on a strong, member-led contract campaign.

In Solidarity,

The Bargaining Team of the UC Student-Workers Union – UAW 2865

Margaret Mary Downey (Berkeley)
Garrett Shishido Strain (Berkeley)
Emily Breuninger (Davis)
Ashlyn Jaeger (Davis)
Anandi Rao (Irvine)
Francisco Ilabaca (Irvine)
Jonathan Koch (Los Angeles)
Alli Carlisle (Los Angeles)
Rodolfo Rodriguez (Merced)
Christina Acosta (Merced)
J Sebastian (Riverside)
David Chávez (Riverside)
Raúl Herrera (San Diego)
Davide Carpano (San Diego)
Meg Unden (Santa Barbara)
Hannah Kagan-Moore (Santa Barbara)
Ana McTaggart (Santa Cruz)
Kyle Galindez (Santa Cruz)