Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
UAW Union Rep Talks About UC Strike

Rebecca Gross is a grad student representative of the UAW, which is currently on strike across three UC Campuses including UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis and UCLA. She talks about the reasons for the strike, the situation of protesters mixing with strikers and blockading the entrance to campus, and other thorny issues surrounding the strike as the quarter moves toward its close and graduation looms. This morning police moved in to confront protesters blocking the main campus intersection at Bay and High Streets, arresting many.

Here is the latest (as of 5-31-24) from the UAW regarding the strike.



Rally and picket line information is forthcoming.


The Executive Board of UAW Local 4811, which represents 48,000 academic workers across the UC system, has called on three additional campuses to Stand Up and join the union’s ULP Strike. UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and UC Irvine are the third round of campuses to participate. Academic workers at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego will walk off the job starting Monday, June 3rd, and academic workers at UC Irvine will join them on Wednesday, June 5th. UAW 4811 represents 3,000 workers at UC Santa Barbara, 8,000 workers at UC San Diego and 5,000 workers at UC Irvine. They will join their colleagues at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA and UC Davis to bring the total number of workers called on to 31,500.

On May 13-15, academic workers across the UC system voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike in response to egregious Unfair Labor Practices that UC has committed, including summoning militarized police officers from numerous outside law enforcement to violently eject and arrest peaceful pro-Palestine protesters at UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego; making unilateral changes to standards for employee discipline, free speech rights and academic freedom; and disciplining and suspending employees engaged in peaceful protest.

The expansion of the strike is in response to UC’s failure to remedy these serious unfairs, despite opportunities for UC to work towards resolution.

“For the last month, UC has used and condoned violence against workers and students peacefully protesting on campus for peace and freedom in Palestine,” said Rafael Jaime, the President of Local 4811. “Rather than put their energies into resolution, UC is attempting to halt the strike through legal procedures. They have not been successful, and this strike will roll on. We are united in our demand that UC address these serious ULPs, beginning with dropping all criminal and conduct charges that have been thrown at our members because they spoke out against injustice.”

Dozens of academic workers are still facing criminal and/or disciplinary charges after UC summoned police to arrest peaceful protesters at UCLA, UCSD and UCI between May 1 and May 15. Many have been told by UC that they are barred from campus, including campus housing and classes they may teach or attend.

“The Regents’ brutal response to the peaceful protests has left a stain on the University’s legacy, and physical scars on many of its students and workers — myself included” said Elliot Yu, a graduate worker at UC Irvine who lost both access to his home and the full functioning of his hands  after he was arrested while visiting a rally to offer first aid to injured people. “But they can still reverse course and seek resolution to their unlawful crackdown on union members’ rights and discrimination against protesters for Palestine.”

“UC has unilaterally changed their policies on employee speech and discipline, without giving our union notice or negotiating these changes,” said Tessa Cookmeyer, a postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Barbara. “UC then used these changed policies to not only arrest and injure dozens of our coworkers, but also ban many of them from their workplaces and homes. What’s at stake here are our core rights as workers and union members, and the ability of anyone in the UC community to take part in this historic movement for justice in Palestine.”

“Our students and colleagues understand that when someone treats you unfairly, you have to stand up for yourself. You have to stand up for what you believe in,” said Sean Pike, a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diego. “We cannot accept discrimination, violence, discipline and unlawful changes to our working conditions. We have to protect our fundamental employment rights.”

Rally and picket line information is forthcoming. Visit us online and on social media for updates.

Bergen Kenny Woodbury

BrightLine Communications
And here is a letter from Chancellor Larive of UCSC as of 5-28