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UC Workers Call for Speakers Boycott After Unfair Labor Practice Strike

(OAKLAND, CA) – Amid ongoing labor disputes over outsourcing, income inequality and alleged illegal labor practices, the University of California’s largest employee union announced today that it is calling for a boycott of University speaking engagements....

April 16, 2019

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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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RELEASE: Insourcing Agreement Brings End to Speaker’s Boycott at UC Berkeley

Oakland: More than six weeks after a speaker’s boycott was called by the University of California’s largest employee union, AFSCME 3299, UC Berkeley agreed on Friday to offer nearly 100 of its subcontracted custodians and Parking Attendants direct employment with the university within the next 30 days. As a result, the Speaker’s boycott has been lifted, and a planned April 1st picket at a planned Clinton Global Initiative University event on the Berkeley campus has been cancelled....

March 22, 2016

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Berkeley Hires; Speaker Boycott Ends

The University of California at Berkeley said Friday it will extend job offers to 69 subcontracted employees after the university system’s largest union last month urged speakers scheduled to appear at Berkeley to boycott the campus....

March 22, 2016

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UC Berkeley reaches labor agreement on contract workers

BERKELEY -- UC Berkeley, in what one of its unions hailed as a "historic victory for contract workers," has agreed to offer direct employment to all regular night shift and athletics custodians currently working at the institution through private contractors, the university announced Friday....

March 18, 2016

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Subcontracted campus workers insourced as UC employees, ending speakers’ boycott

After nearly seven months of campaigning, 69 previously subcontracted workers have officially been insourced as UC employees, ending an ongoing campus speakers’ boycott. ...

March 18, 2016

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Berkeley City Council passes item in support of campus speakers’ boycott

At its Tuesday meeting, Berkeley City Council adopted a resolution to support UC Berkeley’s subcontracted workers and endorse AFSCME Local 3299’s speakers’ boycott on campus....

March 16, 2016

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In claiming neutrality, Berkeley Forum fails to stand with exploited workers

Writer and activist Monbiot warns, “When someone says they have no politics, it means that their politics align with the status quo.” The Berkeley Forum released a statement March 7, stating that the Berkeley Forum “does not take a side” between workers and the university administration that is exploiting them, referring to a campus­wide “Speakers Boycott” called for by AFSCME Local 3299....

March 11, 2016

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Student arrested, others cited at protest during event in Zellerbach Hall [Video]

Protesters took the stage during a campus event Wednesday evening held at Zellerbach Hall, resulting in one arrest and several other citations, according to UCPD spokesperson Sabrina Reich....

March 6, 2016

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UC workers union calls on Bill Clinton to cancel appearance at UC Berkeley

On Feb. 4, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299, the University of California’s largest employee union, called for a speaker’s boycott to bring in nearly 100 subcontracted custodians and parking attendants at UC Berkeley and to hire these workers as direct UC employees....

March 2, 2016

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