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AFSCME Rally / Picket for a Fair Contract
Date Thursday February 28
Time 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Details
Baytree Bookstore
UC Santa Cruz
Event Type Protest
Organizer/Author
Attention Sisters & Brothers:

SETTLE OUR CONTRACT NOW PICKET:
Our patients, students and families can't wait!
Thursday, Feb 28th 3:00 - 5:00 PM
UCSC Baytree Bookstore

THIS IS A CRITICAL POINT IN THE BARGAINING PROCESS. IN ORDER TO SHOW UC WE CARE, STUDENTS NEED TO COME OUT IN FORCE TO SUPPORT WORKERS!

Members and allies of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 at the University of California are demanding a FAIR CONTRACT NOW. UC has been refusing to agree to fair market standards for the 20,000 patient care and service workers at all UC campuses and medical centers. A mediator has been brought in to the negotiations, but UC still has not budged. UC's below market standards are hurting UCSC workers and the broader Monterey Bay Community - we say enough!

* UC workers still have not been brought up to market rate standards and struggle to make ends meet. UC is a world class institution that needs to prioritize the front line staff who deliver student and patient care services. AFSCME members work hard and deserve fair treatment including longevity salary steps guaranteed benefits.

* UC is replacing full-time career jobs with un-benefited per diem positions or hiring subcontracted, non-union temporary workers who have little experience working at UC.

* UC has been taking advantage of working students by hiring them to do the same work as our members for less pay and benefits. In Santa Barbara only 38 career Food Service jobs remain because the other positions have been replaced with student workers. UC Santa Cruz management has been attempting similar erosions of good, union-represented jobs.

* Contracted jobs create a second class of workers at UC, usually with lower wages and benefits. This undercuts the wage and benefits standards we fought hard for at UC.

Please join us on the picket line (rain or shine) to demand protections for good jobs and fair market standards for UC workers!

SETTLE OUR CONTRACT NOW PICKET:
Our patients, students and families can't wait!
Thursday, Feb 28th 3:00 - 5:00 PM
UCSC Baytree Bookstore

For more information, please check out: http://www.afscme3299.org or call (831) 425-4822.

in unity,

--
Allison Sirny-Guevara
Organizer, AFSCME Local 3299
Tel. (831) 425-4822
asg [at] afscme3299.org
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Feb 20th, 2008 3:06 AM
§UCSC Service Workers Action & Video
by fwd Tuesday Feb 26th, 2008 12:26 AM
FORWARD WIDELY!!!

Have ya'LL heard about the CONTRACT CAMPAIGN the service workers at UCSC, represented by their union American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), are currently engaged in? As part of that campaign we are outreaching to students and faculty to be allies and stand in solidarity with the FOOD SERVICE WORKERS, CUSTODIANS, BUS DRIVERS, AND GROUNDS KEEPERS. Below is a link that contains a short video made as an outreach tool which briefly explains the issues service workers face trying to survive in the Santa Cruz area working at POVERTY WAGES. The workers are bargaining for SECURE HEALTH CARE AND PENSIONS (because the UC continues to change its terms even in mid-contract which effectively acts as a pay cut for workers and their families) and MARKET WAGES (as Cabrillo College workers with the same jobs are paid around $5 more an hour than UCSC workers, and a full-time service worker at UCSC still qualifies for social services, resulting in workers taking on two or three jobs just to survive).

We would appreciate it if you would view the video using the link below, and if possible hit up your teachers to show the video in your classes, and/or invite a worker and/or student to come into your classes and briefly make an announcement about the contract campaign and any actions being taken.

This THURSDAY from 3-5PM at the BAYTREE BOOKSTORE we will be holding a RALLY, coinciding with rallies at every other UC campus. We would greatly appreciate it if you inform other students and encourage them to get informed and STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH WORKING PEOPLE AT UCSC!!!

For more info, questions, concerns, or to invite workers and/or students to make announcements at your classes hit up Mark! Lopez at HardestShoez2FiL [at] aol.com or (323)493-5702. Thanx!

Video Link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs2XH1B1NiY
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