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As UC Strike Ends, Lawmakers Urge Napolitano to Acknowledge Workers’ Concerns

(OAKLAND, CA) – As AFSCME represented UC service workers conclude a three day strike, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and State Senator Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) joined the chorus of state leaders urging UC President Janet Napolitano to return to the bargaining table to negotiate in good faith to address workers concerns....

May 9, 2018

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ADVISORY: UC Nurses and Technical Employees to Join Striking AFSCME Workers

(OAKLAND, CA) – Today, AFSCME Local 3299, which represents over 25,000 Service and Patient Care Technical workers at the University of California, will be joined on the second day of a three-day strike by the California Nurses Association (CNA), which represents14,000 UC nurses, and the University Professional and Technical Employees' (UPTE-CWA), which represents 15,000 UC workers. The sympathy strikes authorized by UC nurses and technical workers come as a growing chorus of California leaders have condemned UC’s harsh treatment of its lowest wage workers and troubling patterns of inequality. Yesterday, US Senator Kamala Harris cancelled a planned UC commencement speech due to the ongoing labor dispute....

May 8, 2018

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LABOR BOARD & COURT RULED: UC WORKERS HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO STRIKE!

PERB (Public Employment Relations Board) and the Court both agree with AFSCME on Patient Protection! We have been fighting to win a fair contract for safe staffing and a secure future. Instead of agreeing to a fair contract, UC chose to put profits before patients, students, and the front-line providers. Now PERB and the Court have agreed with AFSCME that virtually all service workers and patient care workers can go on strike while a limited number of essential employees will report to work to protect our patients....

May 5, 2018

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RELEASE: Court Rejects UC’s Attempt to Silence Workers Striking for Equality

(OAKLAND, CA) – A California Superior Court rejected the University of California’s attempt to block more than 700 of its workers from participating in a planned May 7-9 strike. Instead, it has sided with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and AFSCME Local 3299—the union that is leading next week’s strike—in requiring only a small number of critical medical workers to report for work....

May 4, 2018

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Student Workers: You have the right to strike

AFSCME members invite student workers to stand with us in solidarity. Despite management’s threats—student workers have the legal right to honor our strike and join the picket line in solidarity....

May 3, 2018

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UC Workers Call for 3 Day Strike, May 7th-9th

(OAKLAND, CA) – Today, AFSCME Local 3299, which represents over 25,000 Service and Patient Care Technical workers at the University of California issued a ten-day notice of their intention to engage in a three-day strike from May 7th to 9th. The announcement comes after over a year of stalled contract negotiations and new research that revealed increasingly unequal treatment of low-wage women and people of color working at the University....

April 26, 2018

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AFSCME Responds to UC Decision to Implement Terms

(OAKLAND, CA) – In an attempt to circumvent and subvert the collective bargaining process required by state law, the University of California announced on Friday imposed terms on more than 9,000 of its lowest wage Service workers....

April 24, 2018

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UC Workers Vote to Strike, Announce Speakers Boycott

(OAKLAND, CA) – With contract negotiations and post-impasse mediation procedures being exhausted after a year of bargaining, AFSCME Local 3299 represented workers at the University of California voted with 97 percent approval to authorize a system-wide strike. The union has also called on speakers invited to participate at upcoming UC graduation events to support workers by boycotting university engagements until the labor dispute is resolved....

April 19, 2018

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Q&A ABOUT OUR RIGHT TO STRIKE

Q: Why is our AFSCME 3299 bargaining team calling for a strike vote?

Our Bargaining Team has been negotiating in good faith. UC still has yet to offer real wage increases, benefit protections, job security, safe staffing and ending discrimination in the workplace. Instead, UC wants us to take cuts. We have reached the final impasse in SX Bargaining. If UC continues to refuse to meet our core demands, we must be prepared to take all actions necessary to win, including striking. That’s why our bargaining team is calling for a strike vote to show UC that we are ready to fight for what we deserve. Patient Care workers are voting to join the lines with Service workers in solidarity; all UC workers deserve better....

April 13, 2018

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