Given the ridiculousness of both the UAW executive board and various UC student newspapers’ take on the contract, it is absolutely refreshing to read this letter of solidarity from our comrades in the CUNY Adjunct Project, a collective of graduate student workers organizing for fair wages and labor practices at the City University of New York. Just the other day, the Daily Cal argued,
Indeed, the UAW members in Berkeley posted a piece Saturday that outlines their opposition. We are willing to believe that many more intricacies in this issue exist, but union members are not articulating their concerns well to fully communicate what flaws they see in this proposal. To us, it appeared reasonable in not only incorporating wage increases but also making impressive gains in child-care subsidies.
Someone needs to explain to these idiots a little something called inflation. It’s beyond us how they cited AWaDU’s piece without gaining this knowledge. More to the point, UAW members at UC campuses currently make around $1000 less than their counterparts at comparable public institutions. If this fact coupled with a subinflation “raise” is something to celebrate, then we must be living in a world where we should celebrate losses as victories. Or perhaps we are, since this is precisely what UAW 2865 Vice President Daraka Larimore-Hall told the UCSD Guardian:
“It’s a great contract, particularly in this budget climate,” Larimore-Hall said. “It’s a strong package of guaranteed wage increases with the possibility of even more if the budget situation improves.”
We can’t say we’re surprised that this guy would celebrate an effective pay cut in real terms as a victory in order to advance his career. We’d spurn him as a politician, but that wouldn’t be much of an epithet for the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Santa Barbara Democratic Party. Anything to build your CV, right?
In any case, here’s the letter from our CUNY comrades. Much love to them in their struggle, and we urge you to visit their site.
Dear UAW Local 2865,