Spring 2016 Cancellations

In support of AFSCME Local 3299, its workers, and their call for a boycott on campus of all Invited Speakers, we are canceling the next two events in the Holloway Series in Poetry: Simone White’s reading on February 24, and Graham Foust’s on March 9. Simone White will still be reading in Oakland on February 25th; information about that reading can be found here. Both poets will be invited back once the series resumes, either later this semester or, more likely, next spring.

Information about AFSCME’s call for a boycott of speaker events at UC Berkeley is below, as well as information about the issues underlying this call.

AFSCME is fighting against campus abuse of out-sourced workers and is asking that UC hire these workers directly. Three employers contracted by UC Berkeley have been charged with a series of labor variations: Performance First is under investigation for wage theft and payroll fraud, among other violations; employees of Laz Parking have filed more than $40,000 in wage and hour claims this year alone; ABM faces claims of wage theft and allegations of sexual assault against female employees. Following failed negotiations with the university, AFSCME is calling on all invited speakers to boycott the campus. They have succeeded in getting Angela Davis and Nathaniel Mackey to cancel their engagements and they are targeting Bill Clinton, who has been invited by the Blum Center for an April engagement, as well as Amartya Sen. Three documents from AFSCME are below.