A wave of wildcat strikes, blockades, and general militant organizing is spreading the University of California system based on the demand that academic workers be paid a living wage. We're joined by three union members of UC Santa Cruz who were fired for refusing to turn in grades until their demands are met. We discuss the history of UC strikes starting with the 2009 occupations that were a precursor to Occupy Wall Street, how this struggle began, the meaning of Bernie's support, its broader political vision, and what lessons the broader working class can draw.
Support their strike fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-fund-for-striking-workers-at-ucsc
The roots of the strike: https://thefilemag.org/the-roots-of-the-santa-cruz-wildcat-strike/
Letter to UC President Napolitano: https://thefilemag.org/dear-president-napolitano/
Another essay from a striker: https://communemag.com/become-unreasonable/
Closing song: Lost Kids - Cola Freaks