A letter from Nick Kardahji, (History), and Jessy Lancaster, (Psychology) – UAW 2865 Campus Recording Secretaries

30 Nov

Dear Grad,

As graduate student representatives to our union bargaining team, [1]we proposed last week that debates be held at Berkeley and UCLA about the proposal for a new contract. But UAW officials never responded. Instead, [2]four UAW officials voted down another proposal on the union Elections Committee to tell members where and when your votes on the proposed contract will be counted.

What do they have to hide?

Nearly 800 of us have pledged to vote NO because of actions like these. We ask you to join us by pledging to vote NO and letting us know when you have already voted NO. You can do either by clicking here:


It is unfortunate that UAW officials did not accept our debate invitation.Mercury News [4]reported Monday, “A significant movement has emerged among the University of California’s academic student employees to not ratify the agreement.” But amid growing opposition there is also a lot of misinformation out there to clear up. One of the most important areas of confusion is what will happen when we vote down the contract.

The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has been clear – if we vote down the contract, we will return to the bargaining table and the terms of our current contract will remain in place. Further, UC cannot force us to accept a contract that is any worse than what we are voting on. That would be an Unfair Labor Practice called regressive bargaining, which is forbidden by the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) and PERB.

In other words, by voting NO, we can only do as well or better than the contract proposal that is before us. UC’s own spokesperson validated this yesterday in [5]The Daily Cal. And we have to do better. The proposed contract will not empower us to protect UC’s mission as a top research university that provides affordable education for all. It lacks what we have been demanding all along:

  • Wages that keep up with the cost of living
  • A full fee remission
  • Full childcare subsidies
  • Adequate appointment notification and security

For all these reasons, we invite you to join us in winning a stronger union and a better contract. To vote NO, you can find polling times and locations for your campus here:


Thank you for standing with us.


Nick Kardahji, History – UC Berkeley Recording Secretary for UAW Local 2865

Jessy Lancaster, Psychology – UC Santa Cruz Recording Secretary for UAW Local 2865

1. http://www.ucstudents.org/debate
2. http://www.ucstudents.org/ballot-count
3. http://www.ucstudents.org/voteno
4. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_16736716?nclick_check=1
5. http://www.dailycal.org/article/111353/members_of_gsi_union_debate_new_uc_contract_
6. http://www.ucstudents.org/pollinglocations



This message was sent by: Academic Workers for a Democratic Union, 1923 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

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