Please read the note below signed by UAW organizers and rank and file from across the state of California. If you are at the UCSB campus and would like to carpool please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear UAW 2865 members, graduate students, and undergraduate students,
Over the last three weeks, the UAW 2865 Triennial Election galvanized thousands of us to speak out for different visions of a more democratic and effective union, in the face of massive budget cuts. But we all support empowering the entire membership to decide the future of our union.
As a first step, we have scheduled a special statewide membership meeting of the union to let all members decide where we go from here. Here are the details:
Special Statewide Membership Meeting for UAW 2865 Saturday, May 21st – 2 pm to 5 pm Room 100, Boalt Hall – UC Berkeley
We are asking all members to help set the agenda for this meeting. If you can make it to the meeting, need a ride or a place to stay for the meeting, can offer a ride or a place to stay, or have an idea about what should be on the agenda, you can let us know here.
We will use signups at the link above to coordinate carpools, caravans, childcare, and housing for the meeting. We will also provide mileage reimbursement for travel to the statewide meeting.
The debate about the future of our union took place as thousands of teachers, students, and workers have rallied in Sacramento under the slogan “State of Emergency.” The cuts to public services and the UC system, including cuts to graduate student teaching positions, reader positions, and undergrad tutoring programs, are indeed an emergency. So we expect that high on the agenda will be stepping up the fight against increasing class sizes, fee hikes, rising housing costs, new budget cuts, and UC management’s capping of funding for fee remissions and health benefits for graduate student employees. But first and foremost, we expect to discuss proposals to make our union more bottom-up, democratic, and transparent so that we will be strong enough to win these fights. These proposals will likely include resolutions to any problems that occurred in our UAW 2865 Triennial Election, which just took place.
It inspired all of us to see thousands of you speak out about the future of our union in the Triennial Election. But it will take much more from all of us if we are going to maintain California’s university system along with our current jobs as teaching assistants, readers, and tutors.
We hope that you will join us for this statewide membership meeting as a critical next step.
Cheryl Deutsch, Anthropology – UC Irvine – UAW 2865 President Elliot Kim, History – UC Riverside – UAW 2865 Southern Vice President Sara Smith, Labor History – UC Santa Cruz – UAW 2865 Northern Vice President Charlie Eaton, Sociology – UC Berkeley – UAW 2865 Finance Secretary Mandy Cohen, Comparative Literature – UC Berkeley – UAW 2865 Recording Secretary Kyle Arnone, Sociology – UCLA – UAW 2865 Trustee Nick Kardahji, History – UC Berkeley – UAW 2865 Trustee Brenda Medina-Hernandez, History – UC Davis – UAW 2865 Trustee Jordan Brocious, Physices – UC Irvine – UAW 2865 Sergeant at Arms Blanca Misse, French – UC Berkeley – UAW 2865 Guide
Olivier Dufault, History – UC Santa Barbara Sunny Lim, History – UC Santa Barbara Henry Maar, Modern US History – UC Santa Barbara Jeb Sprague, Sociology – UC Santa Barbara
Josh Brahinsky, History of Consciousness – UC Santa Cruz – Campus Recording Secretary-Elect Erin Ellison, Psychology – UC Santa Cruz Kelsi Evans, History – UC Santa Cruz Michelle Glowa, Environmental Studies – UC Santa Cruz – Head Steward-Elect Jessy Lancaster, Psychology – UC Santa Cruz – Outgoing Campus Recording Secretary Brian Malone, Literature – UC Santa Cruz – Outgoing Campus Unit Chair Mark Paschal, History of Consciousness – UC Santa Cruz Jeb Purucker, Literature – UC Santa Cruz Jeff Sanceri, History – UC Santa Cruz – Graduate Student Assembly President Jasmine Sydullah, Politics – UC Santa Cruz Alisun Thompson, Education – UC Santa Cruz Mary Virginia Watson, Politics – UC Santa Cruz, Unit Chair-Elect
Muni Citrin, Communications – UC San Diego
Guanyang Zhang, Entomology – UC Riverside – Head Steward-Elect Patrick Emmett, Religious Studies – UC Riverside – Steward
Will Clark, English – UCLA Erin Conley, English – UCLA Yu-ting Huang, Comparative Literature – UCLA – Candidate for Head Steward Renee Hudson, English – UCLA Dustianne North, Social Welfare – UCLA Alexei Nowak, Comparative Literature – UCLA Fernando Serrano Jr, History – UCLA – UAW 2865 Steward Jeremy Schmidt, English – UCLA – Candidate for Unit Chair Althea Sircar, Political Science – UCLA Zachary Williams, Political Science – UCLA – Candidate for Head Steward Elise Youn, Urban Planning – UCLA
Chima Anyadike-Danes, Anthropology – UC Irvine – Head Steward-Elect Alfredo Carlos, Political Science – UC Irvine – Head Steward Elect Leksa Chmielewski, Anthropology – UC Irvine Ben Cox, Anthropology – UC Irvine – UAW 2865 Campus Head Steward-Elect Véronique Fortin, Criminology – UC Irvine – UAW 2865 Head Steward-Elect Padma Govindan, Anthropology – UC Irvine Anne Kelly, Earth System Science – UC Irvine – Campus Recording Secretary-Elect Seneca Lindsay, Earth System Science – UC Irvine – Head Steward-Elect Bron Tamulis, Political Science – UC Irvine Robert Wood, Comparative Literature – UC Irvine – Unit Chair-Elect
Tim Gutierrez, Sociology – UC Davis – Head Steward-Elect Andrew Higgins, History – UC Davis – UAW 2865 Head Steward-Elect Andrew Morgan, History – UC Davis – Head Steward-Elect Tom O’Donnell, History – UC Davis – Candidate for Head Steward Nick Perrone, History – UC Davis – Campus Recording Secretary-Elect Jessica Taal, Education – UC Davis – UAW 2865 Head Steward-Elect Eran Zelnik, History – UC Davis – Head Steward-Elect
Rachel Brahinsky, Geography – UC Berkeley – Head Steward-Elect Rob Connell, African American Studies – UC Berkeley – Head Steward-Elect Barry Eidlin, Sociology – UC Berkeley Katy Fox-Hodess, Sociology – UC Berkeley – Head Steward-Elect Jenna Ingalls, German Literature – UC Berkeley – Steward Pablo Gaston, Sociology, – UC Berkeley, Head Steward-Elect Zachary Levenson, Sociology – UC Berkeley Larisa Mann, Jurisprudence and Social Policy – UC Berkeley – Head Steward-Elect Aaron Platt, Sociology – UC Berkeley Manuel Rosaldo, Sociology – UC Berkeley – Head Steward Chris Schildt, City and Regional Planning – UC Berkeley – Head Steward-Elect John Stehlin, Geography – UC Berkeley Jennifer Tucker, City and Regional Planning – UC Berkeley – Berkeley Unit Chair-Elect
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