On November 10, 2004, hundreds of people demonstrated and bargained for better wages and working conditions for AFSCME members at the nine University of California campuses and five medical centers. AFSCME stands for American, Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees. Local 3299 AFSCME members are employed by the UC to serve food; clean bathrooms, dorms, labs, offices, and hospitals; drive shuttle buses, and park cars. The rally effectively demonstrated that AFSCME workers, UC students and members of the Santa Cruz community, including 3rd District County Supervisor Mardi Wormhoudt and newly elected Santa Cruz City Council member Tony Madrigal, are committed to improving the working conditions for service workers in the UC system.
Crossposted at Santa Cruz Indymedia.