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Opinion: The UC Strike is Good And All, But Have You Considered Me?

My name is Chad Bradson, I am a freshman man-econ major and proud member of Alpa Kasa Pi at UC Davis, which means I know a little more about economics than you do. I understand that AFSCME wants to go on strike for things like “better working conditions” and “a living wage,” but they failed to consider one important thing: it inconveniences me slightly.

Let me tell you a story: Yesterday, I wanted to get chicken tenders, so I tried to go to Spokes. But guess what? It was closed. Sure, the Peet’s, both Dining Commons, the on-campus convenience stores, multiple food trucks, and the entire CoHo were open, but that does not take away from the fact that I did not get exactly what I want. You know what that’s called?

Oppression.

Sure, the strikers are protesting for women and minorities that aren’t getting paid as much as their white male counterparts, but can’t we focus on the white men that are being paid enough? More importantly, can’t we focus on the white men that don’t get to buy chicken tenders at Spokes even though they really want it?

Look, I pay $14,000 a year in tuition — at least my parents do — and I expect part of that tuition to go towards making my life as convenient as possible. Are those strikers paying tuition? Of course not. They don’t even go here, except for the many student workers, but I don’t count them because they’re poor.

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It’s not like I don’t appreciate what the these workers do, it’s clearly important. Just not enough to make any changes whatsoever to my own life that would help them not get exploited by the UC system. When you think about it, which is worse? A university that is supposed to be for the good of everyone but is exploiting its most vulnerable workers, or me not getting my way?

The members of the strike are, of course, ignoring my concerns. I tried to bring up my issues with one of the organizers, and he said that actually boycotting food on campus is an excellent act of solidarity during the strike. Well you know what that’s called? Making me feel bad, and that’s illegal.

So, no, your strike does not trump my desire to get chicken tenders whenever I want, and I will not stand for that.  

 

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