UC refused to engage with UAW Unfair Labor Practice suits, UCSC first to stand-up strike

The University of California has refused to engage with the United Auto Workers 4811 on multiple Unfair Labor Practice lawsuits, according to a May 21 press release from the union. 

The United Auto Workers (UAW) 4811 represents 48,000 academic workers at the UC. UAW 4811 filed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) suits on May 3 in response to the May 1-2 UCLA administration response to the pro-Palestinian encampment. A May 1-2 police response resulted in the arrests of over 200 student protesters and academic workers. The day before the arrests, violence erupted between counter-protesters and protesters, and police did not immediately respond. The ULPs also include instances at UC San Diego and UC Irvine.

“Resolution of the unfair labor practices must include amnesty for those who experienced arrest or are facing University discipline as a result of participation in peaceful pro-Palestine protests, and negotiations with the union over the numerous workplace changes and policy changes the University made as part of its crackdown on political speech on campus,” the press release said.

The Public Employment Relations Board offered a resolution process, but the UC “refused to engage.”

“We are open to sitting down with UC to resolve these Unfair Labor Practices,” president of UAW 4811 Rafael Jaime said in the press release. “We stand ready to reach resolution on these ULPs. Academic workers’ first priority is to guarantee our rights and the rights of our coworkers. We’re disappointed that UC has refused to engage in PERB’s resolution process.”

On Monday, May 20, over 1,000 UC Santa Cruz academic workers and students walked out for the first “stand-up strike” organized by UAW, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. If the labor practices are unresolved, the union plans to mobilize more strikes across the UC campuses.

UC Davis reports missing student

The UC Davis Police Department reported a missing student “thought to be in distress” according to UC Davis News and Media Relations.

According to a report made on May 20, Diane Shoyeon Min left campus on Friday, May 17, and took an Amtrak to Mission Street in San Francisco, where she was last seen. 

“Min is described as an 18-year-old Asian female, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and about 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark top, dark pants and black shoes. Min is a first-year student majoring in computer engineering,” UC Davis News and Media Relations said.

A version of this article appeared on p. 2 of the May 23, 2024 print edition of the Daily Nexus.

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Lizzy Rager
Lizzy Rager (she/her) is the Assistant News Editor for the 2024-25 school year. She can be reached at lizzyrager@dailynexus.com