UCSD Graduate Students Strike After Just Demands Not Met

From San Diego Free Press:

Graduate students at the University of California, San Diego represented by the United Auto Workers Local 2865 initiated a two-day strike Wednesday, April 2nd, that will end Friday, April 4th. The strike at UCSD is part of a statewide action occurring at all the campuses of the University of California for these reasons. Graduate students have been bargaining for months now and have faced an unresponsive University of California Labor Relation bargaining team that barely allowed a 3% increase in pay to Teaching Assistants, still leaving them below the poverty line and far behind competitor universities.

Graduate students and undergraduate supporters began to assemble in front of the university’s emblematic library at 8:30 am to begin their activities. Students were able to successfully close Gilman Avenue for nearly twenty-five minutes in an attempt to cause delays for the city and school bus services.

Strikers created human barricades along a busy pedestrian avenue that cuts through the heart of the campus. Later in the afternoon, strikers attempted to storm the Office of Graduate Studies, but the office locked its doors to them and even one of their own employees.

Throughout the day, those on strike and those supporting the strike would go from lecture hall to lecture hall interrupting classes. At first, students merely barged in assembling at the lecture floor and chanted before exiting and moving on to the next classroom. After doing this a few times, the students began to work on a message.

“Don’t let people tell you that we don’t care about you. That’s absolutely not true. Our struggle is yours,” said a graduate student in a repeated message to undergraduate classes. “One of the things on the bargaining table that the University of California does not want to even consider is reducing class size.”

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