*Editor’s Note: Compiled by MEChA de UCLA’s Labor and Community Component and S.C.A.L.E. at UCLA
WHAT IS MAY DAY?
Since 1886, May Day is recognized as International Worker’s Day and celebrated throughout the world to commemorate the struggle for economic, social, and labor achievements such as the eight-hour day, and in the past years has come to significantly acknowledge the immigrant right’s movement.
WHY AT UCLA?
UC Workers are under attack by UC administrators who plan to outsource workers, cut wages, benefits, and pensions. UC Workers have been in negotiations with the UC administrators since September, but the UC has failed to negotiate a fair contract for UCLA workers.
While the UC is raising administrators’ salaries, maintaining their lifetime pensions, and increasing student tuition, workers are facing a severe attack on their livelihood. This struggle is about quality education and quality patient care!
The UC Student Workers Union Local 2865, UCLA’s Student Collective Action Against Labor Exploitation, and MEChA de UCLA helped organize the protest, which had a 100 student participants.
Below are photos from today’s MAY Day action at UCLA, including the rally in Meyerhoff Park and the students’ protest in front of the Chancellor Gene Block’s office.