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Sun May 4 2014 (Updated 05/07/14) UCSC Students Stand in Solidarity with Undocumented Workers, Peers at May Day Rally
May Day Holiday Brings Calls for Resignation of UC President Janet Napolitano While reflecting on a long year of labor struggles at UC Santa Cruz, students looking to the future continued to call for the resignation of UC president Janet Napolitano at the 'No 2 Napolitano' May Day rally held at the university. The opposition of Napolitano is central to their fight for justice for workers, especially those who are undocumented. As the head of the Department of Homeland Security, she deported two million people. In addition to calling for Napolitano's resignation, students also called for the university to settle a fair contract with UAW Local 2865, the labor union that represents Graduate Student Workers, and for all charges against the UCSC 22 to be dropped.

At the UC Santa Cruz rally, individuals spoke at Quarry Plaza, and a small group also worked on a decorating a large new banner that read "Education Not Exploitation." One undocumented student spoke about her experiences at UCSC, and several other students spoke about relatives who were undocumented and how it affected their education. Michelle Glowa, a graduate student and one of UCSC's contract negotiators for UAW, spoke and began by highlighting the most recent victory for workers at the university. "We just won the right on this campus to represent readers and tutors, so undergraduate students who are working are now going to be part of our union," she said. "If you are working next year, come join us!"

Graduate Student Workers have been without a contract since September, and in addition to attempting to negotiate with the university over wages and health care, they are fighting for the rights of undocumented graduate students. "One of our biggest demands, that we will not settle a contract without making serious progress on, is the rights of undocumented graduate students," Glowa said. "When TA-ships are not accessible to graduate students without documentation, graduate school is not accessible because we have to be able to pay our way through school."

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