SSP Voices

Advisors at UCSC work with every student and campus office, helping with issues ranging from academic difficulties to food insecurity.

As much as I love my departments, students, and supervisors, I feel incredibly vulnerable due to my status as an unrepresented worker.  I’ve seen the university lean on that vulnerability — we were

I am excited to be working toward union representation with my fellow advisors!

I feel it is necessary for Academic Advisers in the University of California system (California being the 5th largest economy in the WORLD) to establish a labor union to organize our safety, wages, benefits and equally important to have standards of academic advising working conditions that fosters student success and access to education.

As an advisor, I am part of the much too large group of unrepresented employees at UC. Even though I am not represented, however, I am still a due-paying member of UPTE because I believe in the work that they do to support UC employees. UC has shown time and again that they put monetary considerations above considerations of staff well-being. UC employees need to have someone who is on their side, and willing to fight for what is right for UC workers. I also believe that, when a union improves conditions for their members, it ultimately improves conditions for all workers.

Hi there! My name is (she/her/hers) and I am the Program Coordinator at the Lionel Cantú Queer Center at UC Santa Cruz!

My office is a joint project of eight area studies centers on campus. I provide k-14 teachers with resources and opportunities to learn new content in World History and other international topics.

My two-year work experience at UC Berkeley has been very positive. In part that is because my colleagues are wonderful people, but I also believe it is because the work of labor unions in the UC system has generated benefits for workers in the system. I’d like to see those benefits extended to directly (and indirectly) affect more of the Cal working community, now and in the future.

I love working at UC Santa Cruz!  That said, considering the decreasing value of staff compensation packages as workloads have only increased, it's clear that continuing to love the university will also mean speaking up and organizing together to protect the terms of our work, for all of our benefit.
Even in my short history at UCSC, I've seen times when raises or increases are offered, but only for staff that have unionized.  I don't think non-unionized staff are any less deserving of wage increases and other resources, but it's clear that we will continue to shoulde

I strive to activate the Hearst Museum's unique collections by developing exhibits, public programs, field trips, and other events that create opportunities for cultural connection, interpersonal growth, and empathy building. Working with colleagues and students across UC Berkeley,

When I joined the UCSC workforce back in November of 2017, I was incredibly excited to finally have a job with union representation, only to learn that advising positions are "policy covered" employees and one of the last classifications that are not union-represented. Union representation has become increasingly important to me over the last three years as I've grown into my position, become close with department colleagues, and built a trusting relationship with my department manager as a mentor.