CANDIDATES FOR THE 2019 BIENNIAL ELECTION (May 1-2)
Every two years, all elected positions in UAW 2865 come up for re-election, including Head Steward positions at all nine campuses and all ten positions on the Executive Board. This year, OSWP candidates from UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara, UC-Davis, UCLA, and UC-Berkeley ran for positions at the campus or statewide level. While most were elected by acclamation, some elections are contested; click on the campus or the E-Board link to find out more, both about candidates still running and about those who have already been elected!
Up for election UC Berkeley
Elected by acclamation Executive Board | UCLA
Candidates for UAW 2865's Executive Board 2019
OSWP ran a full slate of candidates for the UAW 2865 Executive Board, all of whom were elected by acclamation on April 17, 2019. They are an immensely committed group of member-leaders who bring a wide range of skills and experiences to the table. Read about them below!
Kavitha is a 4th year JD/PhD student at Berkeley Law. She has been a teaching assistant and research assistant at UC for the past four years, and has served in elected leadership in our union for the past two. As co-chair of Berkeley’s Organizing Committee, Northern Vice President and then President of UAW 2865, Kavitha has overseen historic growth in union membership and participation across sectors, co-authoring crucial union plans and policies like our statewide organizing plans from 2017-19 and budget realignment to respond to Janus vs. AFSCME.
Marissa Ochsner, Recording Secretary
Marissa is a sixth-year PhD student in the Department of Musicology at UCLA. She has been an elected leader of UAW 2865 for two years, first as a Head Steward and then as Southern Vice President on the Executive Board. In both positions, she has maintained her commitment to on-the ground organizing, regularly participating in block-walking and other campus activities of the UCLA organizing committee. On the Executive Board, her focus has been on aligning policies and office practices with an efficiently run, organizing-driven union, activities she will continue as Recording Secretary.
Tom Hintze, Northern Vice President
Tom is a fifth-year PhD Candidate in English at UC-Davis. He has been an elected leader of UAW 2865 for one year, during which he has served as the Executive Board’s Legislative Outreach Coordinator, rebuilding 2865’s effort to intervene meaningfully in state politics. Before sitting on the E-Board, Tom was an alternate on the Bargaining Team for the 2018 contract campaign, focusing largely on membership communications.
Alli Carlisle, Southern Vice President
Alli is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA, where she works on Cuban literature and cultural studies. She joined union leadership by way of becoming active in Bruins Against Sexual Harassment, and since then has served our union as Bargaining Team Co-Chair and LA Recording Secretary. She is also President of the Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Association.
Alex Bush, Trustee
Alex is a PhD candidate in the Department of Film & Media at UC-Berkeley. She has been an elected leader of UAW 2865 for two years. Her UAW 2865 highlights include coordinating the Fall 2017 Grade-In, organizing members at Berkeley, Davis, LA and Santa Barbara, working as the Communications Liaison on the E-Board, and helping to coordinate the #FixUCPath campaign to win make-whole remedies for over 750 workers affected by UC payroll errors.
Andrew Elrod, Trustee
Andrew Elrod is a 4th year PhD student in the Department of History at UCSB. He is a doctoral grantee of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. In addition to his research work, Andrew has also worked as a teaching assistant, reader, and associate at UCSB.
Kevin Kadowaki, Trustee
Kevin is a 3rd-year PhD student in UCI's Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, where he has worked as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant. He has served our Union as a Head Steward for the past two years, as part of UCI's Advocacy and Contract Enforcement Committee, and as an alternate on the bargaining team for the 2018 contract negotiations.
Griffin Johnson, Sergeant-at-Arms
Griffin is a second-year MFA student in the Screenwriting program at the UCLA school of Theater, Film and Television and a TA in UCLA's Freshman Clusters program. He joined our union immediately after grad orientation and has since served as a head steward, campus organizer and co-chair of the organizing committee at UCLA. Before grad school he tutored writing, worked at movie theaters and edited local news.
Gwen Chodur, Guide
Gwen Chodur is a third year PhD Candidate in the Graduate Group of Nutritional Biology at UC Davis. She has worked as a teaching assistant for nine quarters and has been a proud UAW member since 2016.
OSWP Candidates for Berkeley 2019
The following candidates are running for leadership positions on the Berkeley campus on the Organizing for Student Worker Power slate. They share a vision of building shop floor power through one-to-one organizing to create an industrial union (with GSRs!!!) with real clout to push for a UC for All. Members at Berkeley may elect a Unit Chair, Recording Secretary, and 16 Head Stewards. Read about the candidates below, and click on the candidate image for a full position statement!
OSWP Candidates for UCLA Leadership 2019
OSWP ran a full slate of candidates for leadership positions at UCLA, including some of our campus’s most dedicated organizers and leaders. All were elected by acclamation on April 17, 2019.
Yunyi Li, Unit Chair
PhD Student, Cinema & Media Studies
Michael Stenovec, Recording Secretary
PhD Student, Political Science
Matevž Frajnkovič, Head Steward
PhD Student, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Ian Heimbuch, Head Steward
PhD Student, Neuroscience
Brea Hogan, Head Steward
PhD Student, Materials Science and Engineering
Kailah Lee McGee, Head Steward
PhD Student, Urban Schooling
Tony Pahl, Head Steward
PhD Student, Astronomy and Astrophysics
Lydia Roberts, Head Steward
PhD Student, Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures
Wan Yeung, Head Steward
PhD Student, Ethnomusicology