Service and patient care workers across all University of California campuses have announced a three-day strike, May 7-9, 2018. Negotiations between AFSCME local 3299 and the UC reached an impasse after more than a year of negotiation. The university then imposed its “last, best offer,” which the union says included cuts to pay and benefits. The union put a strike vote to members, and it passed by 97%.
Before the strike vote, the union released a report that found racial and gender pay disparities among service workers, which they hoped to address through bargaining.
Information about strike activities at all UC locations is here: https://afscme3299.org/strike-announcement-locations/. We’ll post more information as it becomes available.
The California Conference of the AAUP released a statement supporting the strike.
Analysis by Michael Meranze on Rethinking the University: https://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2018/05/afscme-strike-may-7-9.html
AFSCME 3299 has a site for you to add your name in support of their cause: https://afscme3299.org/fight-inequality/