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UC-AFT Statement Denouncing Police Violence Against Union Members

On Feb. 1 at UC Berkeley, UC police assaulted AFSCME 3299 worker David Cole as he was peacefully demonstrating against racism and in favor of fair and just working conditions.  As UC-AFT faculty and librarians, some of whom were marching with Mr. Cole, we are appalled at this violence against a union member asserting his right to collective bargaining and living wages.  We stand in solidarity with AFSCME 3299 to decry this police violence and to share in the fight for racial and economic justice.  We demand that the University of California negotiate with all employees in good faith, refrain from using police violence to intimidate workers, and accord UC workers the dignity, equality, and respect we deserve.

Please add your name to AFSCME 3299's petition:  https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-david-cole-and-stop-uc-berkeley-police-brutality

In solidarity,

UC-AFT Statewide Executive Board

Mia McIver, President
Ben Harder, Vice President for Grievances
Roxi Power, Vice President for Organizing
Axel E. Borg, Vice President for Legislation
Miki Goral, Secretary Treasurer