Undergraduate Workers Union
LIVING WAGES, NOT WAGE THEFT!
On April 5, 2017 student workers of the Undergraduate Workers Union (UWU) at UC Berkeley occupied Golden Bear Café (GBC) to demand the return of over $60,000 in stolen wages by our employer, CalDining, and a living wage that reflects the increasing cost of living in Berkeley and the wider Bay Area and attending UC Berkeley. The five-hour occupation of GBC began at noon and resulted in a complete shutdown of business for the rest of the day, costing CalDining approximately $29,000 in sales. The occupation ended with the arrest of 17 student workers by UCPD, demonstrating that CalDining would rather have its student employees arrested than respond to our call for fair and adequate compensation. The shutdown of GBC was accomplished by 20 students, and cost CalDining nearly $30k. With a workforce of around 500 student workers and hundreds more in alliance with the union, the UC better believe we’re prepared to shutdown business as long as they continue to exploit the people who keep their facilities running.