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Gallery: Sen. Bernie Sanders joins UPTE-CWA strike, speaks at rally

By Andy Bao, Jocelyn Dao, Kristie-Valerie Hoang

March 20, 2019 3:35 p.m.

Yeri Mercedes passes out soda to strikers. He said he had been there since 5 a.m.

(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Workers placed their picket signs in a pile while they took a break for lunch.

(Jocelyn Dao/Daily Bruin)

Police officers overlook the union strike from the roof of the Wendy and Leonard Goldberg Medical Building.

(Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Union strikers eat lunch provided by fellow staffers as they anticipate the noon rally.

(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Union workers sat wherever they could to eat lunch, wrapping around Ronald Reagan medical center.

(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

The UC Student-Workers Union, which represents more than 18,000 student workers, teaching assistants and tutors in the UC, marched in solidarity with UPTE-CWA.

(Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Behind several union representatives who spoke before him, Sen. Bernie Sanders waits in the shade and anticipates a crowd of 400 crowded in the medical plaza.

(Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Students and other audience members began crowding around the corner of Le Conte and Westwood as they awaited the noon rally.

(Jocelyn Dao/Daily Bruin)

Sanders said he didn't come to the rally to speak as a presidential candidate, but hoping to have a say in decisions regarding labor rights in the near future.

(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Union workers raised their fists in solidarity, clapping in agreement as speakers spoke about wage inequality and fair labor.

(Jocelyn Dao/Daily Bruin)

Fourth-year sociology student Maxwell Peterson (left) and second-year biology student Caroline LaPlaca listen to Sanders' speech.

(Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Sanders urged the UC to negotiate a fair contract with unions and commended workers for their fight.

(Jocelyn Dao/Daily Bruin)

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Andy Bao
Hoang was the 2019-2020 Digital Managing editor of the Daily Bruin. She was last year's Social Media Director and was previously an Assistant Photo editor on the Arts and Entertainment beat before that. Hoang additionally covers campus politics, national and higher education and is a senior staff photographer.
Hoang was the 2019-2020 Digital Managing editor of the Daily Bruin. She was last year's Social Media Director and was previously an Assistant Photo editor on the Arts and Entertainment beat before that. Hoang additionally covers campus politics, national and higher education and is a senior staff photographer.
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