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California | Santa Cruz Indymedia | Education & Student Activism | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Front Page
Mon Nov 25 2013 (Updated 12/16/13)UC Santa Cruz Shut Down During Statewide Unfair Labor Practices Strike
Mon Nov 25 2013 (Updated 12/16/13)Workers at All University of California Campuses and Medical Centers Participate in Strike
Students and workers at UC Santa Cruz blocked both entrances and shut the campus down in support of a University of California-wide unfair labor practices strike on November 20, called for by AFSCME 3299. The strike was called in response to a, "coordinated campaign of illegal intimidation, coercion, and threats," against UC Patient Care and Service Workers who participated in a walk out in May over unsafe staffing levels at UC supported hospitals.
Workers represented by AFSCME include custodians, food service workers, cooks, bus drivers, licensed vocational nurses, nursing assistants, medical assistants, and techs. Joining AFSCME on the picket line in Santa Cruz were members of UAW Local 2865, the union that represents student academic workers, as well as a variety of student groups, which included Autonomous Students UCSC and MEchA de UCSC.
Those living in on campus family housing were allowed to enter the university during the strike. Emergency vehicles were also allowed to enter, but unlike previous campus shutdowns, the police were prevented from driving through, and according to demonstrators were turned away at least once. After a 12+ hour blockade in the rain, those blocking the west entrance marched down High Street to the base of campus for a final rally.
Read More with Video and Photos | More Videos | Why We Strike: UC Lied to You | See Also: AFSCME 3299 Announces Nov 20 ULP Strike at University of California