AFSCME Local 3299 announces it will vote on whether to strike

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, Local 3299 — the UC’s largest employee union — announced at a UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday that it will hold a vote in October deciding whether it will go on strike for the second time this year.
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The UC needs to work with its workers to provide basic resources

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The UC system must show that it values its most fundamental workers

The UC’s failure to act has led to U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, backing out of speaking at UC Berkeley’s 2018 commencement ceremony. Although this news disappointed many graduating seniors, it has rightly elevated the urgency of this issue.
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The state of East Bay poetry

The room’s quiet focus is fixed on her hushed, commanding presence, with a voice that resonates from the scuffed-up floorboards to the well-worn walls. A simmering pot murmurs behind us in the open kitchen. A cat — maybe two — weaves back and forth between the colorful mismatched chairs and
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