About Local 3299

AFSCME Local 3299 is the University of California’s largest employee union, representing more than 24,000 employees at UC’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, numerous clinics, research laboratories and UC Hastings College of the Law.

Local 3299 represented workers are organized into four different Bargaining units: UC Service Workers (SX); UC Patient Care Technical Workers (EX); UC Santa Cruz Skilled Craft Workers (K7); and non-academic service, clerical and professional staff at the UC Hastings College of the Law. Local 3299 is governed by an elected Executive Board composed entirely of fellow UC workers representing every campus, and dedicated to building a union that is democratic and responsive to every member.

The story of Local 3299 began in 1948—and remains rooted in a proud tradition of effective representation, solidarity with working families across California, and relentless advocacy in support of social justice and economic opportunity for both our membership and the public they serve.

Timeline – A History of Local 3299
First AFSCME UC Local chartered at UC Berkeley as Local 371.
Local 371 wins a change in job title for UC Berkeley “Janitors,” to “Custodians,” and a 10% wage increase.
On August 14th, Local 371 represented UCB custodians begin a two week strike—the first strike in UC history. Picket Signs read “We only want a living wage.” Local 371 ultimately overcomes an ultimatum from UC Regents demanding they sign a loyalty oath to win wage increases and the first UC benefits package.
Second AFSCME UC Local Chartered at Berkeley: Local 1330 representing guards and laboratory police.
AFSCME UC Locals (371 and 1330) merge under the name of Local 371.
AFSCME Local 371 wins a 5% wage increase.
In response to deep higher education cuts by the administration of then CA Governor Ronald Reagan, AFSCME Charters Local 1695 to represent clerical and technical employees at UC Berkeley.
AFSCME represented workers at UC Berkeley pass resolutions in support of the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF), demanding release of political prisoners held in the United States, and an end to the Vietnam War.
Dormitory Maids at UCB residence halls organize with AFSCME Local 1695 to fight against race and gender discrimination, and for wage increases. They win a new contract in 1971.
AFSCME Locals 371 and 1695 walk off the job for 10 weeks to protest gender discrimination and UC’s unilateral abandonment of prevailing wages. UC threatens to fire workers involved in the action, and police attack picketers and students. The strike ends when UC reinstates prevailing wage rates for AFSCME represented workers and signs a binding, “non-discrimination” pledge. Workers also win first-ever grievance and arbitration procedures and fully paid health coverage.
Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA, or AB 1091) grants UC
workers the right to collectively bargain—is passed and signed into law. UC hires law firm Littler Mendelson to campaign against unionization and issues new rules to limit union activity, but withdraws the rules several months later.
After a two year “wage drought,” AFSCME represented UC and State workers win a 14.5% wage increase through the passage of SB 91. To win, thousands of AFSCME affiliated UC Workers persuade state legislators to override California Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of the raises, which happens by a vote of 69 to 8.
AFSCME represented UC workers support and participate in the Anti-Apartheid Movement.
30,000 UC patient care, service & clerical workers across the UC system organize with AFSCME and win elections for union representation.
AFSCME wins the first statewide union contract at UC, including recognition of a paid holiday commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
34 AFSCME locals on 9 UC campuses join together to form Council 10.
UCSF proposes rule banning employees from speaking any language other than English on the job. The next year, the ACLU and MALDEF file workplace discrimination complaint on AFSCME’s behalf with EEOC of California. After a two year campaign UCSF rescinds the rule.
AFSCME members lead effort to provide triage and support to those impacted by Southern California earthquakes.
On June 1st, AFSCME Local 3299 is born when 22 different AFSCME UC locals at UC campuses and Medical Centers unite under the banner of Local 3299.
California Fair Share Legislation passed and signed into law; all UC workers benefiting from union contracts and representation begin paying agency fees in 2000; Local 3299 and the AFSCME International mount a joint contract campaign and begin developing the Member Action Team (MAT) structure.
Service & patient care workers win a wage increase during a service unit wage re-opener.
Service & patient care workers win contracts with new protections for temporary workers.
Local 3299 begins waging campaigns to insource contracted out UC service workers. The campaign succeeds in ending UC Santa Cruz’s outsourcing of dining hall and custodial services to infamous multi-national corporation Sodexho.
Service workers win a new contract after staging first statewide strike, for one day.
Local 3299 represented UC Custodians win a wage equity campaign after a campaign of civil disobedience actions and a graduation speaker boycott.
UC Service & patient care workers wage a contract campaign that includes pickets, civil disobedience actions, and a one-week service worker strike; patient care workers win a contract with guaranteed step increases.
After a four year campaign by AFSCME 3299 and allied student groups, UC Davis insources nearly 200 Sodexho dining hall workers.
Service workers win a contract with guaranteed step increases after protest at the private office of the UC Regents Board Chairman.
Professional, Clerical, and Service workers at UC Hastings College of the Law win union representation and affiliate with AFSCME Local 3299.
After electing new leadership, Local 3299 members develop a strategic plan to expand the MAT structure, win stronger contracts, and improve communications, accountability, visibility, and member education.
Patient care workers strike for the first time for two days, with service workers striking in sympathy; UC implements on patient care & service workers; patient care & service workers strike together a second time—a one-day ULP strike.
Service & Patient care workers win contracts with historic staffing protections and wage increases, each on the eve of separate five-day strikes.
After an 18 month contract dispute, UC Hastings workers win their second contract, with across the board wage increases, secure benefits and new staffing protections.
Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger is elected President of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. She becomes the first UC Union leader to ever hold this position, which represents more than 1200 Local Union affiliates and 2.1 million workers across California.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Local 3299 is affiliated with a much larger union, called “A.F.S.C.M.E.”-or American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. With more than 1.6 million members, AFSCME is one of the largest unions in the United States.


How It Started

The first AFSCME union was founded in 1932 in the state of Wisconsin by workers who decided to stand-up for their rights on the job. Before they created the union, public workers had no real rights, had no benefits, and could be fired at any time for any reason. During those depression years, millions of Americans were unemployed, and there was no unemployment insurance, no Social Security system, no health insurance, no retirement pensions, and no laws allowing workers to form a union.

Workers Decided To Organize

Those problems didn’t stop workers in Wisconsin; they had already elected many Governors, Mayors, and City Council members who pledged to defend working people and family farmers against greedy corporations. Workers even formed their own political parties to hold politicians accountable, and make sure the concerns of working families were always a top priority. Workers in other states also decided to form unions, and even organized councils of unemployed workers to help workers fight that had lost their jobs.

Bosses Fought Back

These efforts were bitterly opposed by wealthy investors and factory owners who attacked union organizers as “radicals” and “reds,” Communists and Socialists. But workers kept organizing in small meetings, then larger meetings, and eventually held strikes, marches, rallies, and sit-ins to demand the right to form unions, feed the poor, help the unemployed, and care for the elderly.

Unity and Action Made Progress Possible

The organizing effort by workers made it possible for Franklin Roosevelt to be elected and support new laws that required companies to recognize unions in the private sector and negotiate contracts. Workers also pushed for reforms that created the Social Security system, unemployment insurance, and other benefits.

The Civil Rights Movement Had a Big Impact

For the next twenty years, the AFSCME union grew slowly but steadily. In the late 50’s, public employees in New York decided to strike and demand the right to have a union. By the 1960’s, public employees organized in growing numbers, influenced by the Civil Rights movement. As more public workers wanted to join AFSCME, many workers were also demanding an end to segregation and racism that was used to justify low wages, dangerous working conditions, and disrespectful treatment. In 1968, garbage workers in Memphis, Tennessee demanded the right to form a union after two of their co-workers were crushed to death on the job. Dr. Martin Luther King came to Memphis to support their strike. He met with workers in the evening, but was assassinated the next morning as he prepared to support their march and rally.

Today’s Challenges and the Road Ahead

Today, while AFSCME has grown to more than 1.6 million members, the number of American workers represented by unions has been declining. This is in no small part due to the growing influence of virulently anti-worker interests in our political process. A coordinated campaign to attack unions in statehouses and the courts has followed, creating historic income inequality across our country and driving more and more working families into poverty. The solution to these threats remains in the power of solidarity—workers organizing, standing together at their jobsite, making their voices heard on election day, and holding those who purport to represent them accountable to the needs and aspirations of American workers.

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AFSCME 3299 – What We've Delivered
AFSCME 3299 – Who We Represent

As of March 1, 2015

Bargaining Unit


# of Workers Represented

Patient Care Technical (EX)
Skilled Crafts (K7)
Service, Professional, Clerical
UC Hastings





UC Job Titles Represented (Partial List)

Patient Care Technical (EX)

Admitting Worker
Anesthesia Technician
Biomed Equipment Technician
Cath Lab Radiology Technologist
Clinical Care Partner
CT Technologist
Cytogenetic Technologist
Dental Hygienist
EEG Technologist
Emergency Trauma Technician
GI Endoscopy Technician
Hospital Assistant
Hospital Lab Technician
Medical Transcriber
Hospital Unit Service Coordinator
Lift Team Technician
Medical Office Service Coordinator
Mental Health Practitioner
MRI Technologist
Nurse Aide
Operating Room Assistant
Ophthalmic Technician
Patient Care Assistant
Patient Biller
Patient Transport Technician
Patient Records Abstractor
Pharmacy Technician
Psychiatric Technician
Radiology Technologist
Respiratory Therapist
Sterile Processing Technician
Surgical Technician
Service Partner
Telemetry Technician
Ultrasound Technologist
Licensed Vocational Nurse

Service Unit (SX)

Agricultural Technician
Animal Technician Assistant
Auto Equipment Operator
Building Maintenance Worker
Cook & Cook Assistant
Environmental Service Worker
Gardener & Groundskeeper
Mail Processor
Parking Officer
Security Guard
Truck Driver

UCSC Skilled Crafts (K7)

Physical Plant Mechanic

UC Hastings

Academic Program Coordinator
Admin. Assistant.
Assistant Director
Building Maintenance Worker
Computer Support Specialist
Database Tech
Library Assistant
Network and Systems Engineer
Parking Cashier/Attendant
Sr Admin. Analyst