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Letter in support of Academic Workers

The faculty of the Latin American Studies program recognizes the ongoing negotiations between 48,000 Academic Workers across the University of California -- Academic Student Employees, Academic Researchers, Postdoctoral Scholars, and Student Researchers -- and the UC. We stand in solidarity with all our academic workers, including our teaching assistants, readers, and tutors, represented by the UAW (United Auto Workers) in their contract negotiations. The recent historic academic workers’ strike authorization vote in which 36,558 total votes were cast with 98% in favor of authorizing a multi-unit strike is an indication of the urgency of negotiation in good faith. 

We also recognize that Latin American Studies graduate students will be involved in this strike action. 

We, the undersigned Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies, are in solidarity with UC’s Academic Workers in their fight for equitable salaries, benefits, and dignified working conditions. We will not retaliate against striking students and other workers acting in solidarity with the strike. In sympathy with strike demands, we will avoid crossing picket lines by measures such as considering teaching alternatives.

The Latin American Studies Program - Affiliates & Faculty