Police arrested 20 people this morning at University of California at Santa Cruz during a two-day strike over unfair labor conditions for student teachers and tutors.
According to UC Santa Cruz spokesman Guy Lasnier, most of the protesters were arrested for blocking traffic on a county road and blocking the west entrance to the campus. One protester was also arrested for resisting arrest, Lasnier said.
Brian Malone, a graduate student in literature and member of United Auto Workers Local 2865, which represents UC student workers, says the protests were against what he calls a “pattern of intimidation” by university leaders against union activities, including protesting.
Malone says student workers at several campuses have been told not to protest and that international students were threatened with losing their visas if they participated in a strike.
He also says that in Santa Cruz, striking workers were videotaped, in violation of labor laws.
UAW Local 2865 has filed unfair labor practice complaints with the Public Employment Relations Board over the claims.
Workers at three UC campuses participated in the protest today — Santa Cruz, Berkeley and San Diego.
On Thursday, workers at all UC campuses are expected to participate in protests, according to Malone.
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