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UC Workers Vote to Authorize Another Potential Strike

(OAKLAND, CA) – With labor negotiations at the University of California deadlocked and UC moving to bypass collective bargaining by unilaterally imposing employment terms on its frontline employees, UC’s Patient Care Technical workers voted to authorize a strike this week with 96% support. The vote comes just a few months after UC’s Service workers staged a 3-day walkout in May over growing income, racial, and gender disparities within the University’s workforce—which prompted 53,000 University workers to join the strike in solidarity....

October 11, 2018

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UC Bypasses Collective Bargaining, Outsourcing to Continue

(OAKLAND, CA) – – In an attempt to circumvent and subvert the collective bargaining process required by state law for the second time this year, the University of California (UC) announced imposed contract terms late Monday for more than 15,000 of UC’s Patient Care Technical workers. The announcement comes just days after AFSCME-represented UC workers announced their intention to vote on whether to strike....

October 2, 2018

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UC Workers Call for Strike Vote

Inequality & Outsourcing Spur Continued Unrest at University of California

(OAKLAND, CA) – Stalled labor negotiations between the University of California and its largest employee union, AFSCME Local 3299, reached a boiling point at Wednesday’s UC Board of Regents meeting when union leaders publicly announced that their members will be voting on whether to go on strike for the second time this year....

September 26, 2018

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UC Breaks State Labor Laws Again, PERB Issues Complaints

(OAKLAND, CA) – The Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) has issued formal complaints against the University of California (UC) in accordance with unfair practice charges filed by the University’s largest employee union, AFSCME Local 3299. The University is charged with being in violation of state law that protects workers’ access to their union, free of undue interference from their employer. ...

September 21, 2018

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AFSCME to UC: Stop Outsourcing Jobs to ICE Collaborators

(OAKLAND, CA) – The University of California’s (UC) largest employee union, AFSCME Local 3299, recently called for UC to stop outsourcing jobs and other services to private contractors who are working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to implement President Trump’s “zero tolerance” and family separation policies....

August 13, 2018

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Statement on the Appointment of Newest UC Regents

(OAKLAND, CA) – Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed 4 new members to the University of California’s (UC) Board of Regents. Among Brown’s new appointments is Laphonza Butler, the President of the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) Local 2015, which represents 378,000 caregivers and nursing home workers. The following is a statement on the appointment of Butler from Kathryn Lybarger, President of AFSCME Local 3299, UC’s largest employee union....

August 7, 2018

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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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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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