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AFSCME on Strike During New Student Orientations at UCSC
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
Incoming UC Santa Cruz students and their families got an official orientation to college on July 17th while campus service workers were striking for the fourth day in a row. Since 2004, the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ) at UC Santa Cruz has been working to spread awareness and solidarity with the hardest-working and lowest-paid employees at the University of California (UC). In the last year alone, the demand to end poverty wages at the UC has been carried far and wide, including meetings of the UC Regents, dorms, dinning halls and classrooms, an alumni fundraiser luncheon, a $1,000 a plate dinner with Chancellor George Bluementhal, the Chancellor's inauguration, Highway 1, as well as to representatives in Sacramento. Service workers are vital to the UC, however AFSCME, the union representing the workers, reports that they are nowhere near reaching a fair settlement with the UC.
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A DJ spins Reggaetón while workers, students and other community members picket in the intersection of Bay and High at the base of UC Santa Cruz.

To view photos and video from earlier in the day, see:
Day 4 of AFSCME HUELGA at ucsc
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/07/17/18517144.php

For more information on the strike by The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299, check out:
8,500 UC Service Workers on Five-Day Strike
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/07/03/18513200.php
§La Palatera
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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After being under the sun for a while, it can be nice to have a paleta.
§Tim Fitzmaurice Holds Class Outside
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Another Class Meets Under the Shade of a Tree
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§West Entrance
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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The West Entrance is one of two entrances to UCSC.
§SWCJ Orientation
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Service Workers on Strike
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Sandinista
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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Agusto Cesar Sandino Segundo lends support as a born-and-raised Santa Cruz local, an alumn of UCSC, Watsonville Brown Beret, Freak Radio DJ, and a peace and justice activist.
§UCSC Orientation
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Maintenance
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Messy Restroom
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§What About the 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights?
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§UCSC Grounds
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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Adam Snook, Coordinator for the Community Safety Officer and Emergency Preparedness Programs, talks about health and safety at UCSC while standing by an overflowing trash can.
§Recycle Bins Are Full
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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What about reuse and reduce?
The EPA breaks it down like this:
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Produce Less Waste by Practicing the 3 Rs:
* Reduce the amount and toxicity of trash you discard.
* Reuse containers and products; repair what is broken or give it to someone who can repair it.
* Recycle as much as possible, which includes buying products with recycled content.
http://www.epa.gov/msw/reduce.htm

Corporations are to blame. Please check out "The Story of Stuff" at:
http://www.storyofstuff.com
§Taxi
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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Taxis are not seen very often since county buses and UCSC shuttles normally provide service around campus. However, the UC shuttle drivers are on strike and the county bus drivers are respecting the picket line.
§Strike Picket
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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§Tree Swing
by ~Bradley Thursday Jul 17th, 2008 9:11 PM
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Children explore the ground, kick around a soccer ball and swing from an old Oak Tree at the base of campus.
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Another way to get on the invite list...Just saying yoSaturday Jul 19th, 2008 11:43 AM
Bradley - read more closelydanoSaturday Jul 19th, 2008 9:03 AM
Thanks~BradleyFriday Jul 18th, 2008 1:40 PM
You're misreading.-Friday Jul 18th, 2008 1:19 PM
Then how did the dinner raise tens of thousands of dollars?~BradleyFriday Jul 18th, 2008 12:57 PM
I'll tell you how you qualify for an invitationWhen you tell meFriday Jul 18th, 2008 12:49 PM
Free Fundraiser~BradleyFriday Jul 18th, 2008 12:26 PM
Wrong. Check your facts BradleyFree of charge eventFriday Jul 18th, 2008 12:04 PM
Ushering~BradleyFriday Jul 18th, 2008 11:32 AM
John Laird~BradleyFriday Jul 18th, 2008 11:29 AM

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