Talk of the Bay, Tuesday, November 1st, 5-6 PM
on KSQD, 90.7 FM and KSQD.org
With the city workers’ strike settled the “Strike-tower” labor lens is turned towards the University of California. The first half of “Talk of the Bay” this Tuesday at 5p will explore the implications of a graduate student strike at UC Santa Cruz. A rally was held by almost 300 graduate students last Wednesday at the university’s Quarry Plaza to protest low pay and working conditions. Many union members marked their ballots on the spot with a “yes” vote. Others will have a week to decide. On the strike authorization UAW web site it describes why the strike is being called at this time noting, “UC has committed a number of unlawful actions that are impacting the bargaining process at each of our bargaining tables…in response to these actions, Academic Workers are escalating our campaign, and building towards a potential multi-unit statewide strike as early as November.” It is followed by the following question: Do you authorize your bargaining team to call a strike if circumstances justify? Yes or No?