call ucsd health ceoUPDATE (12/11/20): Unsurprisingly UCSD Health has doubled down without any shame to keep Tammy and Ashley jobless during this pandemic. We as students pay the tuition that keeps UCSD afloat, and if all 962 of us called together we would let UCSD Health know that students won't tolerate racism on our campus or in our community. That is why we're organizing a call-in TODAY, Friday, December 11, to make sure every call UCSD Health's CEO Patty Maysent gets is one of us demanding that Tammy and Ashley be reinstated. We'll be calling the number below, and if folks need, we'll be using the script below. Can we count on you to resist this racist firing decision and stand up for racial justice on our campus?


“My name is Tammy. I worked at UCSD Health for two and a half years, in May of 2020 I put in a complaint with HR on my supervisor for discrimination, and a month later I was laid off. UCSD has admitted my lay off was done incorrectly, but has not done anything to correct it. With COVID-19, it has been extremely difficult to find employment.”
- Tammy, UCSD Health Managed Care Unit

United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) demands justice for UC San Diego Health staff members Tammy and Ashley, the only two Black women in their 32-person unit, who were laid off shortly after Tammy filed a discrimination complaint against her supervisor. UCSD Health did not follow the proper protocol when laying off these two workers in the middle of a global pandemic, and clearly retaliated against Tammy for speaking up about racism in the workplace.

These layoffs are blatantly racist and reflect harshly on UC San Diego's image. UCSD’s own HR Reaffirmation Notices state that “UC San Diego prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University of California, consistent with the provisions of applicable state and federal regulations.” If this is the case, then why would they attempt to silence black female workers facing discrimination?

We demand UCSD Health CEO Patty Maysent rescind the layoffs of Tammy and Ashley immediately.

Please sign the petition here: