The Associated Students Senate unanimously passed three resolutions in support of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees strike scheduled for next week.
The three resolutions were authored by Senators Zion Solomon and Lea Toubian, Senators Jasmine Palmerin and Xochitl Briseno and Senators Rafael Cornejo and Ricardo Uribe.
The first resolution, authored by Solomon and Toubian, offers the Associated Students (A.S.) Main space as a “safe space for the workers to decompress” for the duration of the strike.
“I think it’s important to have the institutional support behind the workers who are really just asking for fair wages and stable benefits,” Solomon said.
It also asks the Senate to formally endorse the strike and requests the Office of the Student Advocate (OSA) have a representative at the strike to offer OSA resources and services for the workers on strike.
Student Advocate General (S.A.G.) Grecia Martinez will also be purchasing $600 worth of food and beverages for the workers through the Senate’s unallocated funds.
The Senate decided to double the original amount requested ($300) after learning that the strike is expecting approximately 500 students per day.
The resolution also calls upon A.S. President Brooke Kopel and Chancellor Henry T. Yang to write a letter in support of the strike to Janet Napolitano, UCOP (UC Office of the President), the UC Board of Regents and UC Labor Relations.
“I will readily write the letter and consult the authors of the resolution and students that worked on it for input on the letter,” Kopel said.
The second resolution, authored by Palmerin and Briseno, calls for an A.S. “work stoppage” in support of the strike. It promises to compensate the A.S. student workers who sign in at the strike and miss their shifts.
The A.S. entities that will be affected by the work stoppage include the A.S Bike Shop, A.S. Recycling, A.S. Department of Public Worms, A.S. Zero Waste Committee, A.S. Publications and the A.S Main building, according to the resolution.
Facilities including the A.S. Food Bank and the A.S. Legal Resource Center will not be closed due to the nature of the services they provide for students.
The resolution also requires no police presence in A.S. Main for the duration of the strike.
The third resolution, authored by Cornejo and Uribe, encourages student workers to strike in solidarity and “endorses the usage of any and all AS resources in providing aid” to students who do so.
Building upon the resolution presented by Solomon and Toubian, this resolution also requires OSA to offer several services including “information relating to University rights, protocols, and procedures, information on strikes and protests rights and procedures, information on appeals processes, and referrals to local legal representation.”
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) plans to strike from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25 to protest a “year and a half of deadlocked negotiations [and] concerns about growing racial and gender disparities within UC’s workforce,” according to a press release from AFSCME spokesperson John de los Angeles.
Numerous undergraduate and graduate students spoke at public forum, calling for the A.S. Senate to pass the resolutions and personally show their support by showing up at the picket line.
“It’s time for you to support us, so that we can support you,” Juan Donato, lead groundskeeper and Member Action Team for AFSCME, said.
Katherine Swartz contributed reporting.
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