The University of California Administration and the UC Regents in particular have continued to demonstrate their callous disregard for the lives and futures of the Students and Workers who make up the University. The malicious assault which they are now leading against the pensions of employees, the conditions and wages of academic workers, and the future of students with a new proposed fee hike of as much as 20%, demonstrates not only the depth of their commitment to privatization but also their amnesiac forgetfulness regarding the events of last year.
In the relative calm of the last few months they have forgotten the magnitude of the discontent which exploded in the form of mass occupations and strikes last November and on March 4th. As the regents meet to consider further austerity measures, we must act to demonstrate that if they fail to repeal the fee hikes implemented so far, if they continue to impose intolerable conditions on the Students and Workers of the University of California, we will render the University ungovernable.
The UCSC Strike Committee calls upon Students and Workers across the UC system to take action on their campuses November 16th, both to demonstrate the continuing strength of our resistance and build the social power which can make the threat of an ungovernable university a reality.
MAY 18-20 STRIKE DEMANDS
As adopted by the UCSC Strike Committee, April 28, 2010
Repeal the 32% fee increase of 2009-10. No future fee increases.
Rescind all cuts to departments, instructors, and workers. No future cuts.
Restore full funding to Community Studies. Rescind layoffs to field coordinators. Rescind suspension of the major.
Rescind layoffs for instructors in LALS and other departments and programs.
Restore full funding to Language instruction. Rescind layoffs of language instructors.
Restore funding for faculty hires in History of Consciousness and in all other departments that have had searches cancelled.
Restore all TAships that have been cut in 2009-10.
Repeal/rescind ALL furloughs, layoffs, START time, and/or reductions in classification for ALL workers.
Expand access for all California students, with particular attention to low-income students, undocumented students, and underrepresented minorities.
No tuition or fees to attend the University of California.
Support the DREAM Act allowing financial aid for AB540 students.
Restore affirmative action in UC admissions.
Expand retention efforts on all campuses.
Make quality of education the top priority at the UC.
Restore full funding to campus libraries. Allocate sufficient additional funding to restore open hours to the levels of 2000-01.
Reduce class and section sizes across the board.
No outsourcing of grading or instruction.
Wage increases for all instructors and workers above cost-of-living.
Reject recommendations of the UC Commission on the Future that will limit access, harm instructional quality, or privatize the university.
Fight to re-establish UC financial aid eligibility for undocumented California high school graduates.
Reject recommendations to adopt a multi-year fee increase schedule, differential tuition, online instruction, three-year degrees, and to increase out-of-state enrollment.
Drop all charges against student activists on all campuses.
Revise student judicial procedures to allow full constitutional rights for students, including but not limited to due process rights, rights of evidence, and rights to hearings.
End police/staff surveillance of students, workers, and activists.
Investigate Student Judicial Affairs, the UC Santa Cruz Police Department, and Student Affairs to determine whether student and worker rights have been violated during the 2009-10 campaign of repression. Discipline any employees who have violated such rights.
Institute full student, worker, and faculty control of the University of California.
Abolish the UC Regents.
All administrative positions to be selected democratically by students, workers, and faculty.
EVC/Campus Provost position will remain permanently vacant.
Institute salary cap for all UC employees.
Fire Mark G. Yudof for cause: betrayal of the mission of the University of California.