It’s bargaining day at UCLA! It is absolutely essential that workers come out for this.
There are so many good reasons. We have to show that workers stand behind the union and the demands. We have to show that we’re active and present. We have to show that we’re willing to fight.
But more than that, this is one of the few opportunities that you will ever have to tell your boss exactly how you feel and just how fucking awful they are, so that they understand there will be consequences. They just have to sit there and take it. There are few things greater than that.
Just don’t come and try to reason with them and explain your situation. They don’t care, and nothing can feel more disempowering, alienating, and humiliating than asking people who hold power over you and feel nothing but indifference or contempt for your life to “understand” so they can feign concern for 30 seconds in response to your real problems.
Seriously, they love that shit. They love to hear the sounds of employees begging and reasoning. Nothing is more reassuring to them than watching grad students still stuck in a mode of “reasonable discourse.” Nothing makes them chuckle more in the break room than the painful details of your personal story. You might as well just open your veins and let them drink directly from your body.
Let ’em know you’re fed up. Let ’em know you know what they are and what they are doing. Let ’em know that you won’t take that shit. Let ’em know just what racist and misogynist tools they are. Let ’em hear your righteous indignation and your laughter when they squirm and rationalize and deflect. And make them understand through your clear and unapologetic anger that the crisis of our lives is going to become a crisis for them lest they change their ways.
April 19th (today)
UCLA Tennis Center
555 Westwood Plaza
10AM-4PM, with 12PM being the best time to show up.