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Students and Workers (Re)United for Justice!
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.
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
Tim is a lecturer in writing at UCSC, campus labor activist and member of the Santa Cruz City City Council
Most cars that passed the march gave signs up support, such the 'thumbs up' from this driver
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
You can learn about Measure G in Santa Cruz....
Examining Measure G, Santa Cruz's Wage Hike Ballot Initiative
Workers and students allowed cars to pass through the demonstration
Solidarity from the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
Paul is an associate professor in the Community Studies department at UCSC
Santa Cruz Metro employees monitoried the demonstration.
Josh Sonnenfeld made a nice collage with the following caption
"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:
Maria from the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice
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*