Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 14:43:49 -0700 (PDT)

UC Lecturers to Strike

Irvine -- Upset with what they peceive as anti-union administrative actions, lecturers throughout the University of California system plan to stage a two-day strike next Monday and Tuesday on various campuses, including Irvine's.

Lecturers in the UC system, represented by the University Council, American Federation of Teachers, are striking over over what they see as labor law violations by UC. These include: bargaining in bad faith; failing to provide information needed for bargaining, unilaterally changing the terms of employment, refusing to process grievances, and sending UC negotiators to the bargaining table with no authority to make an agreement.

On Subversity today, from 4-5 p.m., we'll bring you the latest on this upcoming strike by some of UC's most exploited workers. We chat with English Department lecturer Andrew Tonkovich, a leader in the union representing lecturers, the UC-AFT. The show airs from 4-5 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and is web-cast simultaneously via

To chat with Tonkovich, call (949) 824-5824 during the show. Queries can also be sent to:

The union has asked people to consider joining their picket lines on October 14 and 15. UCI teaching assistants are expected to walk out in a sympathy strike those days as well.

UC-AFT Local 2226 strike committee can be reached as follows: Pamela Sale: or Andrew Tonkovich at

The Los Angeles Times on September 30, 2002 featured a story on the status of lecturers: "College Lecturers Long for the Respect, Rewards of the Tenured".

Thanx for listening.


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