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UCLA academics strike in support of solidarity protests in Gaza

Los Angeles, California – Academic employees at the University of California, Los Angeles are the latest to unionize work strike against the violent repression on campus Gaza solidarity protests.

Unionized academic workers are striking at the University of California Los Angeles in response to the violent suppression of solidarity protests on the Gaza campus.

Unionized academic workers are striking at the University of California Los Angeles in response to the violent suppression of solidarity protests on the Gaza campus. © REUTERS

Academic researchers, graduate teaching assistants and postdocs from UCLA joined their counterparts from UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday in an unfair labor practice strike that swept the state’s public university system.

Members of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 4811 voted overwhelmingly to authorize the strike earlier this month, following a militarized crackdown on Gaza’s university solidarity camps.

UCLA students were treated particularly brutally after administrators deployed law enforcement to suppress the demonstrations, resulting in a total of 210 arrests. The encampment also suffered a violent pro-Israel attack led by masked attackers who went largely unpunished.

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Now academic workers across California are demanding protection of free speech, as well as amnesty for anyone arrested during the solidarity protests. They also call for divestment from weapons manufacturers and other companies profiting from the attack on Gaza and for a publicly accessible database of all sources of funding and investments from the universities.

Organizers of the university’s work stoppage are deploying the successful Stand Up strategy that the UAW used last year to win huge contract concessions from Detroit’s “Big Three” automakers. The Executive Board directs each campus when to stand up and stand down as the strike progresses.

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