Labor Coalition to Defund UCPD

In the wake of this spring’s George Floyd rebellions, labor is getting organized across the country to demand the defunding and dismantling of the police. Indeed, the movement for police abolition grows in part out of decades of grassroots, rank-and-file labor organizing. In our own workplace, unions like UAW2865 called for an end to union support for police in 2015, a call that also insisted on the importance of labor actions to remove police from UC campuses. Police unions are part of the backbone of police power in the United States; the protections they afford to police officers create the conditions for unchecked police violence. As both unionized and nonunionized workers continually struggling for our own rights and protections, we can no longer tolerate union support for police, in our university or anywhere else.