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Here’s Why More Than 50,000 University Of California Employees Are Striking This Week

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More than 50,000 University of California (UC) workers began a three-day strike Monday against growing income disparity at their respective school, union leaders said. Workers are asking for equal pay across all labor sectors, citing an internal union research document that shows women and minorities in the university system earning less than white men. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 is leading the strike with 25,000. They will be joined by two other unions, the California Nurses Association, 14,000 employees, and the University Professional & Technical Employees, 15,000 employees, which have approved sympathy strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday in solidarity with the UC strike.

The strike will impact University of California’s 10 campuses and five medical centers, however, they will remain open.

The employees are striking after the union and the university failed to make an agreement on wage increases, healthcare premiums and retirement terms.

“The big picture here is that there’s growing inequality at the University of California, and we’re going out because they have not even attempted to address it,” Kathryn Lybarger, AFSCME Local 3299 President told NBC News.

According to an internal union study, Latino and Black AFSCME patient care workers are paid more than $4 less per hour than white males.

AFSCME is calling for a new multiyear contract with an annual wage increase of 6 percent, no increase in healthcare premiums and a continued retirement age of 60 to qualify for full pension benefits.

While UC denies pay discrimination, last month the school chose to give workers a 2 percent raise without the consent of the union.

“A strike is only hurting the union’s own members who will lose pay for joining this ill-advised three-day walkout, while negatively affecting services to patients and students,” the spokesperson told NBC News. “A disruptive demonstration will change neither UC’s economic situation nor the university’s position on AFSCME’s unreasonable demands.”

Some UC students are showing solidarity for the strike by not participating in any school sponsored events.

Custodians, gardeners, cooks, truck drivers, lab technicians and nurse aides are among the 50,000 that are striking this week. They hope that with student support, the UC system will see that importance of the strike and the need to improve wages and benefits.

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20 Things Your Non-Latino Friends Say that Make You Think WTF?

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20 Things Your Non-Latino Friends Say that Make You Think WTF?

There are those times when our non-Latino friends can make comments that, under the wrong light, can be straight up offensive….or at the very least make them look extremely dumb. Do your non-Latino friends a favor, compárteles esta guía and save them from embarrassing themselves, or pissing the wrong vato off.

1. Are you Spanish?

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Geography check: you are aware there is only ONE country called Spain, right?

2. You don’t look Latina.

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We’re not all just a clone of whatever stereotype you have in mind.

3. You’re so light-skinned. You almost look white.

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Breaking news, we come in all shades.

READ: Worst Questions Latino Vegans Get Asked

4. You don’t have an accent.

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Really? Mi abuela would be so disappointed.

5. Do you speak Mexican?

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I’m begging you, please go back to school and demand your money back.

6. HOW do you know how to dance salsa?

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How can’t you not? It’s quite simple actually.

7. I LOVE Chipotle and Taco Bell.

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So do I. What’s your point?

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8. Pssstttt..mami, mami, mamiiiiiiiiii

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I have not seen her, but will let her know her son is out on the street cat-calling every Latina that walks by.

9. When did you arrive to America?

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I think it was around Christmas of ’86, when my dad knocked my mom up at a party in Jersey.

10. You totally don’t act like them.

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Who’s them, exactly?

11. Say something to me in Spanish.

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¡Pendejo!

12. It’s cool, my wife is Colombian.

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So?

13. You speak English so well!

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Yeah, I’m an advanced bilingual creature like that. *Eye roll.

14. You are the least Hispanic girl I know!

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Why cuz I don’t like Banda and Nortenas … Wtf , we come in different shapes ,sizes, shades, we like different things , we have different taste for music too ….. Haaaaaaa they make me mad sometimes .

15. Isn’t Día de muertos like Mexican Halloween?

Not. EVEN. A Little BIT.

16. Wait… you’re not Mexican?

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Wait.. you’re not intelligent? 

17. What’s the difference between Latinos and Hispanics?

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The best question to be asked when you’re at the bar and particularly don’t have the mind for that ignorance.

18. Do you know a good place to get a good burrito around here?

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Again. Why do you think that falls under my people’s cuisine of expertise boo.

19. What do you mean you don’t like spicy food?

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I MEAN I don’t like Spanish food. 

20.  You’re the whitest latino I know.

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Some pendeja will say this to you thinking that you will feel complicated but IRL nothing makes you see red more than this.


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