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!