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Alumni Luncheon Interruption to Demand Fair Wages for UCSC Workers
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
The All-Alumni Reunion Luncheon held in the College 9/10 multipurpose room at UC Santa Cruz on April 26th was interrupted when students marched in demanding fair contracts for UCSC's underpaid service workers. The luncheon was part of the annual UCSC Reunion Weekend where alumni were invited back to campus to "learn how innovation is going global, sip wine, tour new facilities on campus, explore the "unnatural" history of UCSC, and more..." The brief interruption was widely supported by alumni who clapped, smiled, listened, and took souvenir photos as students passed out flyers, chanted and spoke on stage to inform alumni about the contract campaign for UC service workers.
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Text of flyer distributed at the All-Alumni Reunion Luncheon:

The UC Service Workers' Contract Campaign

An Update for Alumni

Since August the UC and the service workers' union, AFSCME Local 3299, have been negotiating a new three-year contract. These negotiations present an important opportunity for workers to receive more recognition for their hard work. While George Blumenthal and other UC executives have declared their support for labor, little has been done to meet the demands of the workers.

* Market Rate Wages - At the expense of faculty, students, workers and their families, the UC is attempting to keep workers' salaries below those of their counterparts at community colleges and hospitals. This forces many workers to spend less time with their families as they are forced to work two or three jobs. UC service workers are asking for automatic annual step wage increases that reward seniority, not favoritism, and ensure that everyone reaches the maximum rate.

* Pension and Healthcare Protection - The University continues to refuse to yield its power to adjust pension and healthcare plans during the life of the contract without negotiating. We must ensure workers' voices do not go ignored as the University violates the terms of their contract.

It is shameful that our community is mistreated by a financially healthy institution. While UC executives are given record wage increases, workers continue to not be a priority of this institution. These demands are for basic financial stability and a fairer reflection of the value of these jobs, because without workers this University would not run.

Voice of an Alum: "As an alumni I want the administration to know that I'm not going to give anymore money unless they agree to share it with the people who do the work that makes the University run. The time for a fair contract is NOW!" -Sandino Gomez

Brought to you by the Student & Worker Coalition for Justice
§Clapping
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Stand Up
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§End Poverty Wages!
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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Students and Workers Block Road at UCSC to Protest Poverty Wages (3/28/08)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/02/29/18482492.php

End Povery Wages!
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§All-Alumni Reunion Luncheon
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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http://www.alumni.ucsc.edu/reunions

"The All-Alumni Reunion Luncheon is the best opportunity for former classmates and friends to connect. Special recognition will be given to grads celebrating five- to forty-year reunions; grads from every class year and college are welcome. Recognize the contributions of UCSC faculty and staff as honors are bestowed on the UCSC Alumni Association's 2007-08 award winners: Environmental Studies Professor Stephen Gliessman (Distinguished Teaching Award), and Graduate Studies Director of Current Student Services Bob Hastings (Outstanding Staff Award). Read more"
http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/text.asp?pid=1979
§University of California
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Sackman and Williams
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Hey Blumenthal
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Trippy
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§George Lunch
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Blumenthal Lunch
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§John on the Bullhorn
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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John was given time to speak on the microphone, but then the microphone was cut. Good thing John had a bullhorn on him.
§Taking Back UC
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Luncheon Interruption
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Fair Contract Now!!!
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Rally
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Inconvenient Truth
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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Alumni Association Assistant Director Lynn Zachreson felt that the demonstration took place at an "inappropriate time" and was upset because she spent three months planning the event. Lynn was also disappointed that she was not given advance notice of the surprise demonstration.
§UCSC Police Officers Tony Contreras and Linda Robinson
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§Poverty Wages? Shame on You!!!
by ~Bradley Saturday Apr 26th, 2008 8:21 PM
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§MORE PHOTOS
by ~Bradley Sunday Apr 27th, 2008 12:54 AM
** PLEASE SEE THE SECOND SET OF PHOTOS AND AN EXCERPT FROM AN ESSAY BY UCSC ALUMNUS J. DAVID SACKMAN AT:

"Students, Workers and Alumni for Justice!" at UCSC Reunion Weekend Luncheon
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/04/27/18495282.php
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
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Raise My TaxesDavid SackmanThursday May 1st, 2008 1:01 PM
So raise the tuition to help pay for the wage increasesCraigThursday May 1st, 2008 12:40 PM
Moses? Your guests?Lord, the pomposity.Wednesday Apr 30th, 2008 6:12 PM
I Opened the DoorDavid SackmanTuesday Apr 29th, 2008 8:35 PM
Alumni Reunion Weekend 2008: photos and webcastemail from alumni@ucsc.eduTuesday Apr 29th, 2008 4:42 PM
if I were there...longtime Union guyTuesday Apr 29th, 2008 9:13 AM
Bullhorns are for the Cops and ANSWERJust say No.Tuesday Apr 29th, 2008 2:26 AM
A valid pointNotLibEnufMonday Apr 28th, 2008 6:01 PM
More discussion...Alumni32Monday Apr 28th, 2008 5:59 PM
Did this already happen at UCSV?monday morning quarterbackMonday Apr 28th, 2008 2:53 PM

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