UC-AFT San Diego Local 2034 (our official name) was founded by Wayne Vernon in Physics in the late 1960s but became dormant until the mid 1970s when restarted by Bob Heifetz from Urban and Rural Studies. After becoming an Assistant Professor then, after two years as a half-time Lecturer, I met Bob and joined. At that time the UC/AFT was a Senate and Librarian union and we had a very active local for a number of years even though collective bargaining had not yet come to higher ed in the state.
Without a law and contracts, we were in an organizing mode with the other locals and more of a movement for peace, labor rights, etc. As a fairly young group, we were also a social presence including a lot of graduate students. There was support for Third College as the administration constantly moved to undercut its radical community emphasis. This led to some struggles around faculty appointments and tenure. Read more >