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December 23, 2022IM -
Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) members and the Los Angeles labor community stood united with striking UAW academic workers at a December 14 rally held at UCLA. The University of California and academic workers have since announced a tentative labor agreement.
“It was uplifting to help represent Local 47 and the AFM in supporting the largest higher education strike in our nation’s history,” says Local 47 Vice President Marc Sazer. “We appeared alongside the full measure of the labor movement in Southern California, the AFL-CIO, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, The Animation Guild, and others. It was particularly heartening to see conservatory-level music students and music faculty—many of whom are Local 47 members—supporting, joining, learning, and growing together.”
The strike rally drew the support of many labor movement members, including Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Yvonne Wheeler (IATSE) and Local 47 member and labor activist Tom Morello (pictured below).