On Friday, February 28th, UC Santa Cruz administration terminated the Spring employment of over 80 graduate student workers in retribution for their withholding of grades in a campaign to argue for a Cost of Living Adjustment. More information about the campaign is available at https://payusmoreucsc.com/
Several of the students whose spring employment is terminated are international and undocumented students, who, at great risk chose to stand in solidarity with their fellow workers in withholding their labor product from a university that depends structurally on the exploitation of low-wage teaching labor to produce education.
These students, whose status is threatened by the loss of the tuition waivers that come along with TAships, now face the immediate risk of de facto deportation in retaliation for strike activity.
This form is directed to faculty in and outside of the UC system. We are asking those of you interested in the wellbeing of graduate student workers, and/or opposed to the university's complicity with the Trump regime's persecution of those without the protection of citizenship, to offer whatever resources you might be able to deploy in solidarity. If you have questions or suggestions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org