My name is Megan Thomas. This is my seventeenth year as a senate faculty member at UCSC. A June 30 lay-off would be a crushing blow to the UC, my department, and my students. UC faculty need our UC-AFT colleagues: We need their dedicated and talented work as teachers alongside us, and their professional skills and knowledge as librarians. We need this to do our research and our teaching. Our students need this to get the quality of classes that they need to expand their horizons, grow as citizens and as people, and of course to get their diplomas.