(UCSB) UC-Wide COLA May Day Action
Friday, May 1st is International Workers' Day. On this day, there will be a *GENERAL STRIKE* across the UC. This means no emails, no lectures, no sections, no grading, no homework, no office hours, no work.
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Call to Action (condensed)
Read the full Call to Action here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oomR2ZOXHXtKjXvSuIZZhAgjc2ne7z9fadBHBLthDnk/edit?usp=sharing

Graduate students across the UC campuses have been striking since Fall 2019 to demand a cost of living adjustment so we can afford to pay for housing, food and healthcare security. The UC has ignored our concerns for months, responding instead with police brutality and the unconscionable firing of UCSC students in the midst of a pandemic. COVID-19 and the transition to online teaching via Zoom has worsened the crisis we were already living in, disproportionately so for poor, disabled,
non-christian, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and otherwise marginalized students.

The UC needs to give us guaranteed summer funding, extend our time to degree and our funding packages by a year, and drop Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) for international grads. Some campuses have stopped the tenure clock for faculty, but the UC has left grad workers and adjuncts with the ticking time-bomb of extended austerity. We demand better.

Austerity is the practice of cutting costs at the expense of workers to save UC money that they do not need, withholding support from those who need it most to fatten the UC wallet.

This is a call to strike against UC austerity and the unsafe working, learning, and living conditions that have been imposed on us by the UC as a result of its decision to move to online instruction amidst COVID-19. As workers protected by the National Labour Relations Act that guarantees the right to a safe workplace, we call for a strike on four grounds:

1) Zoom is an unsafe workspace: Online instruction via Zoom exposes students and instructors to racist, anti-semitic attacks and sexual violence in the form of “Zoom-bombings.”

2) Without a COLA, our unsafe living conditions have become unsafe working conditions: we are certain that many of our home/work spaces would not pass an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection.

3) We have repeatedly made the university aware of these unsafe conditions, but they have not improved them.

4) Grad workers need extended funding, but UC is giving us extended austerity.

This is a call to strike for dignified labor and learning conditions. This is a call to strike for a COLA.
What we need from you if you are...
*A grad instructor/TA* Cancel lecture, section, office hours. No grading. No answering emails. No nothing.

*A grad GSR or otherwise* Don't attend lecture, section, office hours. If you have any labor to withhold on Friday, join us in our strike.

*An undergrad student* Demand tuition and fees to be refunded for this subpar quarter. You don't pay thousands in tuition so that you can get a livestream of lecture from ill-prepared instructors and migraines from staring at a screen all day. Don't attend lecture, section, office hours. Post on social media about COLA.

*A tenured faculty member* Withhold your labor. Your job is protected. You are in a position to help get grads a dignified wage. Join us in our strike.

*An untenured and contingent faculty member* Withhold your labor. Join us in our strike.

*A staff member* Withhold your labor. Join us in our strike.

*An admin* Use what power you have to get grad students a wage they can live on.

*A chancellor* Tell Janet to give us a COLA

***Janet Napolitano*** GIVE EVERY GRAD A COLA!
Will you be in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or IV on May 1? *
Are you interested in joining a car rally for labor solidarity organized by Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ)? *
If you'll be joining the car rally, are you willing to live stream the event on facebook?
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If you want to join the action but can't drive, would you be interested in standing outside of city hall with signs and messaging (while social distancing, of course)?
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Only answer the questions that apply to you. Thank you.
Which are you:
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Tenured FACULTY: Will you be withholding your labor on May 1 in solidarity with grads?
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Untenured and contingent FACULTY: Will you be withholding your labor in solidarity with grads?
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GRAD Instructors and TAs: Will you be withholding labor?
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GRAD GSRs and other grads: Will you be withholding any labor you have and/or supporting your fellow grads in solidarity?
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UNDERGRADS: Will you be withholding any labor you have and/or supporting graduate students in solidarity?
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STAFF: Will you be withholding any labor you have and/or supporting graduate students in solidarity?
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