Many student workers have not been paid since UCLA’s transition to a new payroll system in September 2018. Hundreds of student employees, from PLF’s to graduate students, reported receiving delayed or incorrect paychecks, with many still waiting to be paid at all.
When students show up for workers, the university can no longer perpetuate the toxic and backwards myth that workers’ demands for respect and dignity are a threat to students’ quality of experience at university. This is a rhetorical ploy which we have heard over and over again by the UC to put students and workers against one another and evade accountability.
How beneficial is Amazon’s wage raise to its employees? To the corporation itself? And just what is the company doing about its poor working conditions? Having a closer look on the company’s actions and endeavors might gives us a clearer answer to these questions.
Although the 3 percent raise for Gene Block may not seem that monumental at this very moment, the 3 percent raise he received this school year equates to one more student who could have attended this university if they had adequate financial support from their university.
It’s time we educate ourselves about the issues UC workers are facing so that we can show the administration that we will not put up with the way it’s treating the people who run this school. One concrete way in which we can do that right now is by showing our support for the strike happening Monday through Wednesday of this week, May 7-9.
The purpose of a union is to serve its members, by fighting and securing necessities such as job security, wage benefits, affordable healthcare, vacation and sick days. These are rarely seen in employment nowadays, along with pensions.
“If you exploit campus workers, you’re exploiting UCLA students.”