Since its inception, UAW 2865 has been at the front of the fight for equity at the University of California. At the heart of our union is the fundamental belief that an injury to one is an injury to all. The strength of the majority exists to protect the rights and dignity of every individual. The fight for labor rights is one and the same as the fight for racial justice, gender justice, and disability justice.
In this spirit, our union has fought many campaigns for equity. Our contract gives workers strong protections against discrimination and harassment in the workplace. New protections in our anti-discrimination article give workers the right right to voluntary and equitable interim measures and remedies in any instance of discrimination or harassment. Now, workers have decision-making power over how to maintain a safe and equitable workplace when they have been subject to inappropriate behavior. Our contract also affords parental leave and childcare reimbursement for parenting workers, and access to safe, comfortable lactation spaces for lactating workers. Sanctuary measures in our new contract give workers paid leaves to attend immigration-related proceedings for themselves or a close family member.
Union members know that rights on paper are not enough, which is why we show up to defend and advance our rights through direct actions and collective demonstrations. A recent solidarity action with our sibling union, UAW 5810 (UC Postdocs and Academic Researchers) won back the job of an international worker who was fired in a case of pregnancy discrimination and retaliation.