Bay Area Labor for Palestine Stands With UAW 4811 Academic Workers in Their Stand Up Strike

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May 16, 2024

Bay Area Labor for Palestine is a coalition of union members and other workers organizing in solidarity with Palestine.

On May 15, members of United Auto Workers 4811, which represents 48,000 academic student employees, postdocs, and researchers in the University of California (UC) system, voted with a supermajority to authorize their Executive Board to call a strike, if circumstances justify. 

UC has failed to resolve multiple unfair labor practices against UAW4811 members, such as:

  • Unjustly disciplining and retaliating against workers for exercising rights under their contract to free speech, protest, and collective action 
  • Discriminating against workers engaging in pro-Palestine speech, while favoring anti-Palestine speech
  • Endangering UAW 4811 members and students by allowing violent attacks by anti-Palestine agitators and police

UC must resolve these unfair labor practices by negotiating with student protesters in good faith. 

Bay Area Labor for Palestine stands with UAW 4811 academic workers in their Strike Authorization Vote because an injury to one is an injury to all, and the unprecedented repression of free speech and peaceful protest happening at UCs and across the country must be defeated. We will support the strike by joining UAW 4811 workers on the picket lines, at rallies, and campus actions. 

Labor solidarity from The Bay to Palestine!

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