Solidarity with graduate student-workers at University of Pittsburgh!

Best of luck in the election– we’re sending you our love from the west coast!

Fix UCPath! Payday Rally

Dear union members,

Hopefully you heard about our union’s recent UCPath victory that awarded $150 – $450 compensation to workers who experienced late or missing pay last fall quarter. While this is a huge win made possible by our collective actions across the state, it doesn’t guarantee that your future paychecks will be accurate or delivered on time. In fact, some of your coworkers are still owed pay from last fall.

We are the teachers who keep the university running. We can only educate our students if we can care for ourselves and our families. We deserve better.

Rally with us on payday, Friday, March 1st at noon in front of Storke Tower to listen and learn about the situation, how it might affect your month’s pay, and what you can do as a union member to make sure we’re all paid on time and in full. RSVP on Facebook!

Feeling creative? We will be making rally posters at this month’s union social on Thursday, February 28th from 6-9pm at M Special in Goleta.

If you have experienced a problem with your pay this winter or are still owed pay for fall quarter, report it here.

In Solidarity– Your UCSB Student-Workers’ Union

Daily Nexus article about our meeting with Chancellor Yang

Link to Daily Nexus: UAW Meets With Administration in Impromptu Meetings, Demands UCSB Solve Back Pay Issues by Feb. 1

Hmm… February 1st has come and gone, but UCSB workers are still waiting for the administration to #FixUCPath. Thank you to the Daily Nexus for helping us get the word out!

Since we received no response or commitment from the university administration regarding solving these issues with UCPath, we will be holding a rally at Storke Tower at noon on March 1st (payday)! Please join us to demand that the university make all workers whole and check your paychecks for any errors.

February Monthly Membership Meeting

Our February Monthly Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, from 12 – 1 PM in the Graduate Student Association Lounge. We’ll be discussing strategies to build worker power in 2019 and how you can get involved! Come meet fellow union members and learn about our upcoming happy hour on 2/28 at M Special. We hope to see you there!

Check out the event on Facebook to RSVP!

We’re hiring! Spring Quarter 18 – 2 PT Organizers (hourly)

Please see below for the email sent on 3/14/18 to members announcing we (UAW 2865 UCSB) are hiring 2 PT Hourly Organizers for Spring Quarter 2018

Hi Fellow Student- Workers,
We are hiring 2 Part-time organizer for Spring Quarter! See below for information
We will train folks who are interested & willing to learn.
Please forward to potentially interested folks! Candidates who identify as people of color, working class, queer, trans, women, and/or disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application deadline (CV/ resume, 2 references, and 1-page cover letter) is Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5 PM and sent via email to
Hiring call for UAW 2865 UCSB: 2 PT Spring ’18 Quarter Organizers
Two (2)  PT Hourly Organizer – Hourly ($31.10/ Hour)
10 Hours a Week each for Spring Quarter (April 1, 2018 – June 16, 2018)
The UC student-workers union, UAW 2865, is a dynamic, member-driven labor union representing over 16,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) – Teaching Assistants, Readers, Graders, Tutors, and others – at the 9 teaching campuses of the University of California. We are currently hiring 2 part-time, campus-based organizers for spring quarter to perform outreach with other student workers and build our collective power as a union for our statewide organizing goals & bargaining campaign. Candidates must be a UAW 2865 member to be eligible.

  • Must be willing to learn how to do on-the-ground, one-on-one organizing with an experienced organizer to build union power
  • Preferably have a basic understanding of union values and role on the UCSB campus and the UC system.
  • Have a willingness to engage in conversations about the union with Academic Student-Workers in your own department, center, and other departments on campus.
  • Ability to spend time on an hourly basis on-the-ground educating Academic Student-Workers about the union and its functions and signing up new members
  • Be able to assist with tabling, block walking, department level events, and additional union events as needed
  • Assist with communication (emails, social media, flyers)
  • Help organize bi-monthly campus organizing meetings & execute organizing plans
  • Communicate with UAW 2865 UCSB organizing committee, leadership, UAW 2865 staff, Statewide Organizing Committee via conference calls, emails, and meetings
  • Assist campus organizing committee with implementing UC wide March to Majority Plan & statewide organizing committee goals, plans, and coordinated events, to build union power
  • Assist with membership cards & data entry
  • Assist campus with statewide bargaining 2018 campaign via our organizing committee

The Ideal Candidates Will Have…
  • A commitment to union democracy, member-driven organizing, social justice, anti-oppression, and social movement unionism
  • A history of active membership in the UC student-workers union (UAW 2865)
  • Organizing experience in democratic, social justice-oriented labor, community, student, and/or social movement organizations and campaigns
  • Strong coalition-building and facilitation skills across a diverse set of organizations and constituents
  • An ability to work with student workers across diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and cultures
  • An ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to respond promptly to e-mails, phone calls, and other forms of communication
  • Willingness to engage with members to organize & build union power per statewide and campus goals


Candidates who identify as people of color, working class, queer, trans, women, and/or disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and Length of Employment
This part-time hourly organizer positions will be paid at the mid-level hourly rate for ASEs across the UC system (currently $31.10/hr) at 10 hours a week from 4/1/18- 6/16/2018

Instructions for Applying Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV, two references, and a one-page cover letter to the UAW 2865 UCSB hiring committee at – applications are accepted until Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5 PM.
In Solidarity,
UCSB- UC Student Workers Union / UAW 2865
Meg Undén (Sociology/ Campus Chair)
Hannah Kagan-Moore (History of Art & Architecture/ Recording Secretary)
Emily Ellis (Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology/ Head Steward)
Daniel Lazar (Electrical + Computer Engineering/ Head Steward)
Dell Rose (Religious Studies/ Head Steward)
Avi McClelland-Cohen (Communication / Head Steward)
Andrew Elrod (History/ Head Steward)
Sarp Kurgan (Global Studies/ Head Steward)