The rally began at Quarry Plaza, and students marched in the pouring rain to McHenry Library while loudly singing anti-Napolitano chants. At the library, there was a short mic check to raise awareness about the upcoming AFSCME strike. From there, students marched to Kerr Hall and attempted to enter the offices of Chancellor Blumenthal. Finding one office door locked, and another guarded by an administrator, students briefly discussed the idea of a conducting a sit-in in the hallway, but the group decided to leave the building to save energy for next week's strike.
During the March 3-7 AFSCME strike, service workers planned to picket both entrances of the campus all week beginning early in the morning, but later in the evening of February 26 the union announced it made a historic tentative contract agreement with the university and had canceled the strike.
UCSC Student Academic Workers represented by UAW 2865 still plan to strike on Wednesday, March 5. Additionally, a large student rally is planned for that day.
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