Since last week, AFSCME 3299 members have been demanding that UC provide paid administrative leave when we need to take care of our families and ourselves. Yesterday, UC announced it would expand the leave policy. Workers are eligible for up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave for COVID-19 related illness for themselves or a family member; loss of hours due to campus/department closures; childcare due to school or daycare closure.
While we are happy to win this demand, workers are still facing immediate urgent challenges during this time. We are urging UC to make a system-wide change to its catastrophic leave policy to allow workers to donate sick and vacation hours and use for all COVID-19 related needs, including campus closures.
Call your Chancellor & President Napolitano and demand to expand Catastrophic Leave to cover COVID-19 now!