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Oct. 7 Photos: UTU Solidarity March (Part 2 of 5)

6.jpgPart 2 of 5 - UTU Solidarity March.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 - Continuing the hard-fought struggle to support local bus drivers on strike, hundreds of students and workers from UC Santa Cruz, as well as many community members, held a brief rally at the base of the UCSC campus before embarking upon a highly visible and chant-filled march to the downtown Metro Center.

Once at the Metro Center, a rally and speak-out was held to discuss the bus drivers' struggle and the great deal of solidarity between various sectors of the community. After many complaints of the Santa Cruz Sentinel's poor coverage of the strike, the community marched over to the Sentinel's offices to greet the origins of their frusteration.

Friday's action, organized by the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ), has been the strongest show of support in the almost two week-old strike. Early last week, students and workers descended on Mike Rotkin's office, leading to his denouncement of the Transit Board's decision that led to the strike. A few days later, a College Republican attempt at an anti-worker rally sank amidst overwhelming UTU solidarity.

Rotkin has called for an emergency Transit Board meeting Tuesday.
 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Globalization & Capitalism : Labor & Economics : Media Criticism : Transportation

Students and Workers Teach Republicans a Lesson in Solidarity

1.jpgOn Thursday, UCSC's College Republicans held a rally against the striking Metro bus drivers. While publicized all over campus, only a handful of students showed up to join them.

However, having heard of the anti-worker rally, students from the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) and the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ), who have been very active supporting the bus drivers, were quick to react. They carpooled down to the rally and had far outnumbered the Republicans even before they arrived. While the mainstream media jumped at the opportunity to discredit the bus drivers' union (UTU Local 23), the pro-worker students showed that UCSC is overwhelmingly in solidarity with the bus drivers.

On Monday at UCSC, over 50 students and workers walked into Mike Rotkin's office, resulting in his acknowledgement that the Transit Board made a bad decision. On Friday, students and workers from UCSC will march at 4pm from the base of campus to the downtown Metro Center to show their solidarity.
 

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LOCAL News :: Civil & Human Rights : Education & Youth : Globalization & Capitalism

25 Cents Makes a Difference: Wash Out the Sweat

difference_10-5-05.jpgSome more photos from the October 5 demonstration at UCSC demanding that UC Santa Cruz adhere to their own Code of Conduct which prohibits the purchase of apparel made in sweatshops.
 

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LOCAL News :: Civil & Human Rights : Education & Youth : Globalization & Capitalism

UCSC is in Violation of their Code of Conduct

livingwage_10-5-05.jpgOn October 5, UC Santa Cruz students, workers and Santa Cruz community members held a rally in the Baytree Plaza to raise awareness about the sweatshop-made uniforms purchased for dinning hall workers and the sweatshop-made UCSC apparel. After the rally in the Baytree Plaza, we marched to the office of Chancellor Denise Denton which is in the same building as the McHenry Library.
 

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LOCAL News :: Globalization & Capitalism : Labor & Economics

Rockin' the Boat: Students Rally for Sweat-Free Campus

United Students Against Sweatshops recently kicked off a campaign at over 40 colleges and universities to demand those schools accept responsibility for the wages and working conditions of garment workers who produce their college-logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps. Vinny Lombardo repoorts on the efforts to remove sweatshop clothing from UC Santa Cruz. 3:35
 

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