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AFSCME and Friends March for Wage Parity, Justice
At noon on Wednesday, October 18, 2006, members of AFSCME 3299 and their supporters marched from the Bay Tree Plaza to the base of campus, where a roving picket line was held, followed by a rally. The workers have been engaged in a year-long struggle to receive wages similiar to those of neighboring colleges and universities where people can make up to 30% more for the same (or less) work. 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.
Wednesday's action, which, due to police blockage of the road, effectively shut down the base of campus for 30-40 minutes, was the first protest of the day at UCSC. Due to a visit from the UC Regents, a high-profile action a few hours later where police assaulted and pepper-sprayed students has taken most of the headlines. It's important to note, however, that these two actions were in solidarity with each other, as students and workers struggle over the same need to democratize the UC and fix the problems at UCSC before any possible expansion.
There are a few quick shots to make sure this action doesn't dissapear in all the media hype about the Regents protest. All photos are free and available for use by AFSCME 3299 and the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice. For reprinting, or larger sizes, please email sugarloaf [at] riseup.net - thanks!
A UCSC Parking Services employee reroutes traffic on Bay Street. With High Street closed due to construction, no cars were around the base of campus to observe the rally.
A rep from the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council shows his support for AFSCME.
Maria from the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice and Julian from AFSCME.
The only reporters who consistently cover the AFSCME struggle - Univision.
How many cops does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
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).
Yes.. we see you behind those bushes...
Considering the city wants us to raise our taxes with Measure H, you'd think they'd avoid wasting our money with unneccessary monitoring of political activities...