Reformers of the UC academic workers’ union representing filled most remaining seats in an uncontested election. Calling themselves AWDU, the dissenting caucus within the union plans on increasing the group’s influence. Other members worry about creating conflict within the union.
Disagreements in the recently ratified UAW contract caused division within the union members. The dissenting group felt the contract agreement was inadequate, but many from other campuses felt they were lucky to get the benefits.
Exasperated, University of California employees took to the polls to express their frustration with UC President Mark Yudof.
The informal, democratic process began Thursday when concerned union employees gathered in a tent at the Bay Tree Plaza. Organizers asked interested and passing faculty members if they would like to cast a vote.
The ballot took voters only a couple of minutes and asked faculty if they had “Confidence” or “No Confidence” in Yudof’s performance so far. The polling took place on UC campuses statewide.