My name is Alisha Cayce, and I’m a second-year in the Neuroscience program. I’m writing to share some exciting news: a supermajority of Los Angeles City Council, as well as LA City Controller Kenneth Mejia, have sent a letter to USC in support of us Graduate Student Workers! Our State Senator, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, also wrote and sent a letter of support for us.
You can find a copy of the letters here.
As Graduate Student Workers, we should feel empowered by the support of our LA City Councilmembers, who recognize the importance of good-faith bargaining from USC admin on wages, arbitrable protections, and union security in order to avert a strike and get a deal done as soon as possible. This is Our Fight, and we GSWs have a broad base of support behind us.
With the November 28th strike deadline quickly approaching, USC administration must get serious and come to the table with fair offers. LA’s elected officials – and the whole Los Angeles community – are watching.
The 13 LA City Councilmembers standing in solidarity with USC Graduate Student Workers are:
LA City Councilmember Curren Price (CD9) (own letter)
LA City Council President Paul Krekorian (CD2) (own letter)
LA City Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez (CD1)
LA City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (CD3)
LA City Councilmember Nithya Raman (CD4)
LA City Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky (CD5)
LA City Councilmember Imelda Padilla (CD6)
LA City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD8)
LA City Councilmember Heather Hutt (CD10)
LA City Councilmember Traci Park (CD11)
LA City Councilmember John Lee (CD12)
LA City Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez (CD13)
LA City Councilmember Tim McOsker (CD15)