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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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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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UC Workers Call for Strike Vote After Protests End with Arrests

(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Eighteen students, workers, and community leaders were arrested on Wednesday during protests of widening income, racial, and gender inequality within UC's workforce. The protests came as workers represented by AFSCME Local 3299, UC's largest employee union, called for a strike vote in their stalled negotiations for a new contract that they hope will bring a renewed degree of fairness in their jobs....

April 5, 2018

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New Study Reveals Growing Income, Racial and Gender Disparities at UC

(OAKLAND, CA) – An analysis of previously unreleased employment data at the University of California reveals growing income inequality, persistent patterns of racial and gender hierarchy, and steep declines in African American employment within the university’s workforce. ...

April 2, 2018

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AFSCME 3299 Calls on Legislature to Take Action on University of California Regent Pattiz

(OAKLAND, CA) – With the University of California failing to offer any disciplinary measures against Regent Norman Pattiz for alleged sexual misconduct, AFSCME Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger called on California State Legislators to take action:...

December 12, 2017

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News Report on Internal UC Audit Reveals Wage Policy Shame

(OAKLAND, CA) – A blockbuster report in today's San Jose Mercury News has revealed that the University of California is failing to enforce the minimum wage policy it released to much "fanfare" in 2015. The report was compiled based on a review of internal campus audits related to vendor compliance with the University's Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan (FW/FW), which affects thousands of low wage contract workers....

October 23, 2017

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Hundreds to Picket in Support of University of California Workers

(OAKLAND, CA) – On Thursday, October 12th, hundreds of workers and students will be gathering at University of California (UC) Medical Centers and campuses to rally in support of fair contracts for thousands of UC employees....

October 11, 2017

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