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.
On June 6th, George Blumenthal was inaugurated as the 10th Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz during a ceremony on the East Field overlooking the Monterey Bay.
The central issue has been that wages have fallen dramatically behind other hospitals and California’s community colleges.
The All-Alumni Reunion Luncheon was interrupted when students marched in demanding fair contracts for UCSC’s underpaid service workers.
Hundreds of prospective and current UC Santa Cruz students demonstrated their solidarity with UC workers by demanding that UC settles a fair contract.
AFSCME Local 3299 members feel that UC has been taking advantage of working students by hiring them to do the same work as AFSCME Local 3299 members but for less pay and benefits.
The demonstration coincided with AFSCME Local 3299’s statewide delegations to all five UC medical center CEOs and all ten campus Chancellors.
UC employees represented by AFSCME held statewide pickets at all five UC medical centers and 10 campuses.
Teaching assistants and other members of UAW Local 2865 held a grade-in at the Baytree Plaza at UC Santa Cruz as part of a statewide action.