In Other News…

CSU STANISLAUS HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL TRANSCEND TRANSVERSE CONFERENCE: The March 20 Transcend Transverse Conference focuses on trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary youth. 

The transgender community is incredibly diverse. Some transgender people identify as male or female, and some identify as genderqueer, non-binary, gender nonconforming, or somewhere else on or outside of the spectrum of what we understand gender to be. Twenty-five percent of young people in California identify as transgender as described above.

“One of the conference’s learning objectives is to increase the knowledge, skills and awareness among professional providers and educators regarding appropriate and respectful service delivery to transgender youth,” said Vickie Harvey, CSU Stanislaus professor of Communication and co-chair of CFA’s LGBT Caucus. “This method works hand-in-hand with CFA’s Anti-Racism Social Justice Transformation, which seeks to educate, promote, and support anti-racism and social justice issues and policy.”

The conference is open to all CSU faculty and staff; there is a $75 registration fee for non-CSU Stanislaus faculty. Click here to register. 


UC GRAD WORKER STRIKE HEATS UP:  Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.  That’s the message as UC Santa Cruz graduate students step up their work stoppage.  The campaign is spreading as grad workers at other UC campuses are forming a statewide coalition aimed to re-open their contract to bargain for increased pay.

The UCSC strike started last fall and without the blessing of their union, United Autoworkers Local 2865.  Actions ramped up February 10 when UCSC graduate workers began an indefinite strike, canceling classes for thousands of undergraduate students.  Faculty and grad workers from other UC campuses joined them on the picket line.

UC’s response toward the grad workers has been increased police presence, police violence against strikers (one picketer was treated for a concussion), arrests, suspensions from campus, and threats of termination. 

The UC is the state’s largest employer and pays graduate workers $18,000 during the nine-month school year.  Grad workers perform most of the teaching, grading, tutoring, researching, mentoring, and lab activity that happens across the 10-campus UC system.  The workers are trapped.  Though they are limited to “part-time” status, most grad students work 60 to 80 hours a week, and don’t have time for other part-time jobs.  As the cost of living steadily increases, many can’t afford to pay rent, and fear having to drop out of their graduate studies.

Support for the strike grew over the past week as graduate-student employees and union members at UC Davis and other campuses held rallies in solidarity with the students at UC Santa Cruz.   Anyone who wants to show solidarity with the teaching assistants can sign this pledge.  There’s also an update and fundraising drive.

“Until the University of California system provides a more equitable standard of living not only for striking UCSC graduate student instructors and researchers, but for all of those who labor, live, and learn within the University of California system, we will not hold or attend events on the UCSC campus,” the pledge states. Signatories agree to extend that promise to other UC campuses who join the strike.

In the meantime, UCSC has threatened to deny workers spring quarter employment if they fail to submit fall quarter grades by the end of this week.