Strike Against University of California Kicks Off With Tough Words From Both Sides
AFSCME Local 3299’s patient-care technical unit said in a news release that the current UC leaders are “destroying what were once career pathways to the middle-class for our state’s diverse population.” Meanwhile, UC spokesperson Claire Doan fired back: “Union leaders certainly have the right to express — even scream — their opinions, but the way to a deal is at the negotiating table, not on the picket lines."
UC Davis Spars With Largest Employee Union Over Second Strike
The University of California and its largest employee union, AFSCME Local 3299, both came out throwing punches Tuesday as the university’s lowest-paid workers hit the picket line for the second time in six months to push for better wage increases and job security. Roughly 500 employees marched at Sacramento’s UC Davis Medical Center and chanted union slogans such as “What do we want? Contracts! When do we want them? Now!” in a picket line that stretched down the block. (Anderson, 10/23)