April 18, 2005
AFCSME-called strike draws hundreds to picket
By Jim Burns
Hundreds of employees and students picketed at both entrances
to UCSC during a one-day UC systemwide strike that occurred
this past Thursday (April 14). The strike was called by the
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
(AFSCME). Employees on strike, joined by supportive students,
staff, and faculty, also organized a noon rally at the base
Chancellor Denton meets
with striking employees and students supporting them at
the entrance to campus.
Photo: Tom Vani
Strikers and their supporters rally at the main entrance
Photo: Louise Donahue
The AFSCME service unit includes custodians, food service workers,
bus drivers, and groundskeepers. The key issue in the strike
Late in the afternoon, Chancellor Denton met with several dozen
of the protesters at the campus's main entrance. She promised
to be a voice for their issues in discussions with UC's senior
administration and with state legislators who provide the university's
funding base. Chancellor Denton's visit seemed to surpriseand
pleasethe striking workers.
The strike disrupted many scheduled classes and resulted in
reduced student services, notably in the areas of child care
and dining services. But campus offices remained open.
Information throughout the day was made available on a special
information web site and on (831) 459-INFO. Traffic information
was also transmitted via KZSC Radio.
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