Statement of Solidarity: AFSCME, UPTE, CNA

The Santa Cruz chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) stands in solidarity with AFSCME Local 3299, UPTE-CWA Local 9119, and CNA members in their fight for a strong and fair contract. We recognize the necessity of direct action against an unfair bargaining process brought on by the University of California (UC) and we support the UC strikes not only at our local Santa Cruz campus but all across the state.

Some of our membership, who consist of current and former UC students, remember our fights against the Board of Regents for their neglect not just for their employees but for their students as well. We recognize that a “world-class” university cannot hold its title in full truth until education is free and its workers are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. This is why we must acknowledge that this strike, like the rest of the strikes in public education around the country right now,  is as much about raising the quality of education for students as it is raising the quality of jobs for the workers who work tirelessly to serve the future generations of our country.

The University claims to respect their workers and their actions reflect otherwise. The University proposes to cut salary step increases, raise the retirement age and placing retirement security into the hands of risky 401Ks, cut health care benefits, and make it easier to contract out their jobs. Furthermore, the UC is attempting to force such a contract upon its workers. All of these proposals and actions are unjustifiable as the Board of Regents and Chancellors make excessive six-figure salaries with continuous pay increases. It is morally reprehensible that the Regents expect cuts on their workers that they are not willing to impose on themselves. Enough is enough.

Without the workers, there is no University of California. DSA Santa Cruz stands with AFSCME, UPTE, and CNA in their strike and will contribute, to the best of our ability, in their fight to win what is long overdue to the workers of the UC.

Solidarity forever!
Democratic Socialists of America, Santa Cruz