(en)Graduate students strike at UCSB

Luis Prat (prat@chem.ucsb.edu)
Tue, 27 May 1997 15:48:35 -0700

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The Associated Student Employees (ASE) are on strike today and tomorrow, at UC Santa Barbara, protesting the University of California administration refusal to recognize them as a union.

These students work as teacher assistants, in fact they teach 59% of the undergraduate courses in the UC system. The university has, for the last 10 years, refuse to recognize them as employees even though they do work and get paid for it. The doublespeak gets ridiculous: they claim that it would cost an extra $100M to have those courses taught by tenured faculty and that justifies hiring graduate students to teach undergraduate courses, while at the same time denying that the students are employees and therefore eligible to form a union.

They work long hours for very low pay, no benefits, no right to griveance resolution, and no right to organize. Well, they have organized and they're striking. The Teamsters have solidarized with them and no deliveries are coming or going from/out of UCSB.

The picket line in front of Cheadle Hall (the administration building) was lively, lots of chanting and picket signs, and of course lots of students. Several speakers, student, faculty and union people addressed the crowd with the message of struggle against the encroachment of neoliberalism in the public academic institutions.

Other campuses have had actions as well, such as a three day strike at UC Los Angeles, and UC Santa Cruz, where the strike took place the same day as the inaguration of their new Chancellor. Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta was to be the keynote speaker but he decided not to cross the picket line.

We hope these actions will serve not only to achieve the goals the ASE are struggling for, but also to publicize what the UC bosses don't want you to know: that they are a reactionary bunch bent on changing what used to be one of the finest public educational institutions in the world into yet another neoliberal sweat shop. Luis @@@@@@@@@@ Luis J. Prat University of California Chemistry Dept. Santa Barbara CA 93106 (805) 893-3295 (805) 893-4120 FAX


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