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Come to the mass labor rally this Thursday!

This Thursday, January 27th, come out in support of clerical workers on campus! Voice your opposition to the UC's continued disrespect for labor on campus!

Rally at 11:45 in the Cowell Plaza, on the UCSC campus
This Thursday, January 27th, come out in support of clerical workers on campus! Voice your opposition to the UC's continued disrespect for labor on campus!

Rally at 11:45 in the Cowell Plaza, on the UCSC campus

Clerical workers will be bargaining with UC January 27th, at UC Santa Cruz. Join with CUE, AFSCME, UPTE, AFT-US, Grad students, and the Student & Worker Coalition for Justice in support of CUE's demands for fair wages and working conditions for the 18,000 low-wage clerical workers at UC.


University of California Clerical Workers Fact Sheet

WHO IS CUE?
We are over 17,000 clerical workers at UC. At the UCSC campus, we are 600
administrative assistants, library assistants, program assistants, college and departmental advisers, secretaries, public safety dispatchers, childcare assistants, cashiers, and more.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
ØWages that reflect inflation and the high cost-of-living
ØRespect on-the-job and a chance to advance.
ØNo increases in parking fees and health premiums.
ØWage parity between campuses

IMPORTANT FACTS
There’s a distribution crisis at the University of California, not a budget crisis. Only 1/3rd of the funding for clerical workers’ salaries actually comes from the state. In addition, UC currently has over $5 billion in unrestricted reserves*. (from Economist Peter Donahue’s report.)
A recent study released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition in D.C. showed that Santa Cruz County is the fifth most expensive county in the country in which to be a renter. They estimate that a typical worker needs to earn at least $25.90 an hour (or $53,872/yr) to be able to afford a two-bedroom rental in Santa Cruz County. (www.nlihc.org/oor2004/table3.htm). 100% of the UC Clericals earn far below this.
Over half of the clerical workers at UCSC (52%) make under $31,000 per year. The vast majority of us (80%) earn less than $35,000 per year, and we have not received a raise since May 2003.
Wage Parity between campuses. Because UCSC was originally zoned as a “rural? area, Clerical Workers in certain classifications at UCSC earn 15% less than what their counterparts make at other UC campuses, for doing exactly the same work. In general, wages for UC Clerical Workers lag by at least 5.7% and for Library Assistants by at least 12.2%.

With continued campus expansion and hiring freezes, clerical workloads have increased exponentially with no sign of stopping, often leading to job-related injuries. UCSC has the highest number of workers compensation cases out of all the UC campuses; low-wage Clerical and Service Workers account for the majority of these cases.

We are represented by CUE (Coalition of University Employees), and our contract with the University expired on September 30, 2004.
_www.cueunion.org *** cueorganizer (at) cruzio.com *** #(831) 420-0258
 
 


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