The First Meeting of Fall 09

November 15, 2009

The first open SOCC meeting of this quarter will be held Friday Nov 20, 4-6pm.

Location: TBA

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UPTE STRIKE – 9/24

September 10, 2009

UPTE CWA 9119 (University Professional & Technical Employees) will be holding a strike on September 24th (Thursday). This strike is a response to unfair pay slashes and furloughs that staff must undergo. In addition, UC Faculty will be walking out that day in solidarity with these demands:

1. No furloughs or paycuts on salaries below $40,000.

2. The immediate institution of the Academic Senate Council’s July 29 recommendation regarding the implementation of furloughs.

3. Full disclosure of the budget.

The following is an excerpt from the upcoming 2009-10 Disorientation Guide from the article, “The Budget Cuts” by Gazuedro:

During July the UC established an unusual pay slash/furlough system. It cut employee salary by 4-10% based on the employee’s original salary, and then, as some sort of twisted compensation it gave employees anywhere between 11 to 26 days off amidst a 16% unemployment crisis. The pay cuts themselves don’t only target UC employees making high salaries, but will target the lowest paid employees strongly. Salaries higher than $240,000 will be cut no greater than 10%, while employees making less than $40,000, no matter how little, will receive 4% pay cuts. Through this approach, the UC is hoping to cover approximately 25% of their budget shortfall. Perhaps the worst aspect of the furlough system the UC has established is that part time employees will receive a pay cut based on the salary they would be making if they they were full-time employees. In other words, if someone part-time makes $30,000 and their full-time equivalent makes $50,000, they will receive a 6% pay cut instead of a 4% pay cut!

In January of 2009, service workers in the union AFSCME Local 3299 won a contract battle that lasted 16 months. Stipulated in the contract, service workers were promised a pay increase of 4% (with further increases each consecutive year). Although valiantly struggled for, the total pay increase will nowhere near provide service workers with a wage they can survive on. In effect, these pay cuts have undermined all the gains of January’s new contract—gains struggled for precisely because of how necessary they were. What the UC is doing is truly vile and borders on the spiteful.

The pay cuts and furlough system have been promised to only last for 1 year. Despite reassurances from administrators that renewing such a furlough system again would be an arduous process, the likelihood that pay cuts will return for the next year are strong as some of the impact of the budget shortfall this year has been cushioned by the temporary Federal Stimulus. In all likelihood, a similar federal stimulus will not exist the following year, thus increasing the need to slash salaries.

Visit UPTE’s website here and the UC faculty walkout website here.

Cuts to Student Media

July 17, 2009

A letter from Save the Student Voice:

Dear UCSC Students, Faculty, Administrators and Staff,

Help support the Student Voice by demanding student input and transparency in the budget cut process! Click here to express your concern!

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY
In the first weeks of summer, Student Affairs administration reallocated funding from student initiated Measure 7, laying off the Director of Student Media, a 32% cut of Student Media’s Measure 7 funding. Measure funds are not affected by state funds and should be protected from the budget cuts!

LACK OF STUDENT INPUT
SFAC (The Student Fee Advisory Committee set in place to ensure student input) did not make recommendations on funding allocation for 2009-10. Measure 7 falls under the purview of SFAC and changes to this funding cannot be made without the participation of this committee. It is outrageous that past recommendations are being overridden as decisions are made without students!

SILENCING THE STUDENT VOICE
These are unauthorized cuts, that eliminate critical advising for students in media law, the First Amendment, ad sales and underwriting. These cuts threaten ability for student press to publish Inability to produce content = CENSORSHIP.

The student voice must be heard, especially in the process of budget cuts!
All student measures and program funds are at risk of being reallocated.

Demand transparency and student input in these decisions!

Visit SavetheStudentVoice.com for more information about Measure 7 funds and to stand up for the student voice!

Contact the administration to voice your opinion and encourage other students, staff, faculty, alumni and your parents to do the same!

savethestudentvoice.com
savethestudentvoice@gmail.com
Join Our Facebook Group!

Thursday Get Together

June 9, 2009

jun11 action flyer

SOCC Petition (online at unionvoice)

By signing this petition, I stand in solidarity with all of the demands presented by the Student Of Color Collective. We know that the University of California Santa Cruz has the means to meet these demands by the end of spring quarter of 2008-2009 and we expect these demands to be enacted immediately:

-Maintain academic integrity and current structure of Community Studies Dept. by keeping field study coordinators Mike Rotkin and Flor Marchetti and Department Manager Penny Stinson and not merging the department into Sociology.
-Retain both Latin American and Latino Studies lecturers Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas
-Make UCSC a sanctuary campus for undocumented communities
-UCSC openly and publicly support the state and Federal DREAM Act
-Permanent funding for Ethnic- Year-End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts
-Support Family Student Housing in receiving equitable rent for next year 09-10 funding (no rent increase)
-Fair transparent negotiations with workers and unions to ensure equitable pay, working condition and representation
-No layoffs!
-No worker deportations by ICE
-Freeze on Budget Cuts over the summer, while students are not present

(special thanks to Shaun and the rest of USAS)

For Immediate Release

UC SANTA CRUZ HUNGER STRIKE ENDS
May 31st, 2009

•    After nearly one week of hunger striking, the two dozen strikers from the Student of Color Collective (SOCC) have ended their strike partly due to health concerns as well as to allow students to retain themselves during the upcoming finals week. Students have vacated the base of campus and have re-located. This is due to the aforementioned reasons. The primary reason for ending the strike is the emerging progress in negotiations with administrators.

•    The collective has been in negotiations with administrators since Tuesday and since then has successfully attained two of its demands. The collective has been working with administrators through negotiations and has seen progress in obtaining the rest of its demands since the beginning of the hunger strike on Tuesday.

•    The collective has seen strong support within the last week from workers, students, faculty, and community members statewide. Supporters include:

•    University of California, Berkeley Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Alumni Association
•    University of California, Los Angeles  Democratic Society
•    Southern California Immigration Coalition

•    The collective will escalate tactics if short-term demands are not met within the upcoming week.

•    Student of Color Collective Demands
Short Term ( by the end of this quarter 09-10)
•Hire full-time American Indian Resource Center and Women’s Center directors with student voice in open hiring process
•Maintain academic integrity and current structure of Community Studies Dept. by keeping field study
coordinators Mike Rotkin and Flor Marchetti and Department Manager Penny Stinson and not merging the department into Sociology.
•Retain both Latin American and Latino Studies professors Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas
•Makes UCSC a sanctuary campus for undocumented communities
•UCSC openly and publicly support the state and Federal DREAM Act
•Permanent funding for Ethnic- Year-End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts
•Resource Center representative as liaison between local tribes and UCSC in order to maintain respectable relationships with local tribes
•Support Family Student Housing in receiving equitable rent for next year 09-10 funding (no rent increase)
•Fair transparent negotiations with workers and unions to ensure equitable pay, working condition and representation
•No layoffs!
•No worker deportations by ICE
•Freeze on Budget Cuts over the summer, while students are not present

Long Term:
•Institutionalize scholarships and other resources for AB540 students
•Access and affordability to higher education for underrepresented communities- STOP STUDENT FEE HIKES!
•Outreach and retention of faculty and staff of color (including hiring a full-time Counseling & Psychological Services staff of color)
•Fill Asian American “specialist” position for American Studies
•Movement towards an Ethnic Studies Program
•Affordable and quality housing for under resourced immigrant students
•No cuts to Disability student resources
•No cuts to Rape Awareness Programs

Signed,

UCSC STUDENTS OF COLOR COLLECTIVE

KZSC

May 29, 2009

We were on KZSC talking about how this isn’t just about budget cuts.

Brief Updates

May 28, 2009

A media page, with press coverage, has been added and will be updated continuously. Also, a Solidarity page has been added for those who wish to help out!

Interviews

May 26, 2009

Check out the new “Video” page on our site to see videos of members speaking out! Don’t forget to join us at the rally tomorrow a noon!

UC SANTA CRUZ STUDENTS OF COLOR COLLECTIVE HOLD HUNGER STRIKE TO PROTEST CUTS TO RESOURCES FOR UNDER-SERVED COMMUNITIES

MAY 22th, 2009

The Students of Color Collective (SOCC) brings together organizers from various campus minority organizations to address the disparities at UC Santa Cruz and the higher education system. The collective has formed in response to the massive education budget cuts that have adversely affected people of color who have historically faced and continue to face inequalities in higher education achievement.

Members of the SOCC will be conducting a HUNGER STRIKE Beginning Tuesday May 26th at the Base of Campus at 12:00PM that will be accompanied by a large student rally in support of the hunger strikers and the SOCC demands. This action will is being conducted to draw attention to cut backs in resources for students of color and for the UCSC administration to recognize and meet these demands.

Student of Color Collective Demands

Short Term ( by the end of this quarter 09-10)
•Hire full-time American Indian Resource Center and Women’s Center directors with student voice in open hiring process
•Maintain academic integrity and current structure of Community Studies Dept. by keeping field study
coordinators Mike Rotkin and Flor Marchetti and Department Manager Penny Stinson and not merging the department into Sociology.

•Retain both Latin American and Latino Studies lecturers Guillermo Delgado and Susan Jonas
•Makes UCSC a sanctuary campus for undocumented communities
•UCSC openly and publicly support the state and Federal DREAM Act
•Permanent funding for Ethnic- Year-End Ceremonies from college C.A.O.s and Provosts
•Resource Center representative as liaison between local tribes and UCSC in order to maintain respectable relationships with local tribes
•Support Family Student Housing in receiving equitable rent for next year 09-10 funding (no rent increase)

•Fair transparent negotiations with workers and unions to ensure equitable pay, working condition and representation
•No layoffs!
•No worker deportations by ICE
•Freeze on Budget Cuts over the summer, while students are not present

Long Term:

•Institutionalize scholarships and other resources for AB540 students
•Access and affordability to higher education for underrepresented communities- STOP STUDENT FEE HIKES!
•Outreach and retention of faculty and staff of color (including hiring a full-time Counseling & Psychological Services staff of color)
•Fill Asian American “specialist” position for American Studies
•Movement towards an Ethnic Studies Program
•Affordable and quality housing for under resourced immigrant students
•No cuts to Disability student resources
•No cuts to Rape Awareness Programs

Signed,
UCSC STUDENTS OF COLOR COLLECTIVE