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Students and Workers (Re)United for Justice!
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
On October 18th, AFSCME workers and students at UC Santa Cruz held a rally in the Baytree Plaza and then marched to the base of campus calling on UC President Dynes to release funds promised by the California Legislature to low-paid UC workers. AFSCME workers and students are also demanding wages comparable to those of neighboring colleges and universities where people are paid up to 30% more for doing the same amount or less work.

At the base of campus, people immediately marched into the center of the Bay and High intersection. Then everyone crossed the streets at the same time, though allowing cars to pass through without much delay. Since the police and Santa Cruz Metro began re-directing traffic away from the base of campus, people decided to use the opportunity to rally in the middle of the main entrance to campus. This was the first action this school year in ongoing struggle where students and workers are united in demanding social justice at UC Santa Cruz.
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In response to signs saying "Custodians Deserve Market Level Wages" Dana Frank (above) aserted that workers should have control and not allow 'the market' to determine their wages. Dana is a professor and graduate program director in the History department at UCSC.

For more photos and information, please see:

AFSCME and Friends March for Wage Parity, Justice
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/20/18322067.php
§Baytree Plaza
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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§Tim Fitmaurice
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Tim is a lecturer in writing at UCSC, campus labor activist and member of the Santa Cruz City City Council
§Living Wages
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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§Thumbs Up
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Most cars that passed the march gave signs up support, such the 'thumbs up' from this driver
§Dynes, Release the Money
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Over the summer, the California State Assembly passed legislation funding these wage increases, yet UC President Dynes has been holding the money hostage as a way of forcing union concessions over pension issues
§Born in the Struggle
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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§Yes on G
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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You can learn about Measure G in Santa Cruz....

Examining Measure G, Santa Cruz's Wage Hike Ballot Initiative
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/13/18320109.php
§Bay Street
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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§Justice October 18th
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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§High Street
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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§Cars
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Workers and students allowed cars to pass through the demonstration
§Workers and Students United
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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§MBCLC
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Solidarity from the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
§Paul Ortiz
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Paul is an associate professor in the Community Studies department at UCSC
§Detour
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Santa Cruz Metro employees monitoried the demonstration.

Josh Sonnenfeld made a nice collage with the following caption
http://indybay.org/uploads/2006/10/20/10182006_afscme_20.jpg

"Here you have your Metro employees, who have suddenly decided its their job to monitor marches, a motorcycle cop, a SCPD SUV, a unmarked SUV with two cops inside, and at least 4 administrators (including Labor Relations and Student Affairs)."

read more and see photos here:
http://indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/20/18321994.php
§Maria
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Maria from the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice
§Univision
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 21st, 2006 2:06 PM
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Univision was the only corporate media that I noticed at the demonstration. They drove up from Monterey and arrived after the march and rally was over...

*bypass the corporations; make media with your friends*