Friday, February 21, 2020
The Grad Student Strike at Santa Cruz - Part 8
...Just before midnight tonight, an ultimatum from University of California President Janet Napolitano takes effect in an attempt to halt a wildcat strike by unionized graduate student teaching assistants at U.C. Santa Cruz who have been withholding grades or refusing to teach classes in an attempt to get housing assistance included in their compensation. Napolitano’s ultimatum, dated Feb. 14, warned the approximately 200 grad students, whose strike was not authorized by the United Auto Workers that represents them, that they face possible termination from their university employment at 11:59 p.m. today.
U.C. Santa Cruz spokesman Scott Hernandez-Jason said in an email that about 90 percent of the grades have been posted by the grad students since Napolitano’s ultimatum.