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AFSCME 3299 and UPTE-CWA 9119 Strike at UC, May 16

May16-strikeBy Connor Gorman

Solidarity forever! The UC still hasn't agreed to provide basic rights and dignity to many of its workers (much less what they truly deserve). On top of this, the UC is continuing to outsource countless jobs to for profit companies whose employees are treated even worse than UC employees. Because of this, AFSCME 3299 (which covers service and patient care workers) will be striking this Thursday (May 16) along with UPTE-CWA 9119 (which covers technical and professional employees). The only picket-line in the region for this strike will be at the UC Davis med center (in Sacramento) since there will not be a picket line on the main UC Davis campus this time but some people are arranging carpools between Davis and the picket line. For more details see:

There are a variety of ways that students, workers (even those who aren't part of AFSCME 3299 or UPTE-CWA 9119), and community members can support the strike and demand that the UC provide all of its workers with a living wage while maintaining and expanding essential benefits and protections like good, affordable healthcare; a dignified retirement plan; and job security. The main way that anyone can show their support is by joining the picket line for any period of time that they're able to. You can also support the striking workers by posting about the strike and the workers’ demands on social media and sharing these posts with others through email listservs. Finally, we ask that you watch out for announcements about future strikes and be prepared to support them as well.

Finally, for any ASE (Academic Student Employee; TAs, AIs, Readers, and Paid Tutors) at a UC campus or facility, the contract between UAW 2865 and the UC guarantees you the right to not cross picket lines. If any ASE chooses to exercise this right and not work due to the strike, the UC isn't allowed to impose any consequences on them beyond possibly docking their pay for the hours that they otherwise would have worked. Contact the Davis Unit of UAW 2865 (which still has some redeeming qualities even if UAW 2865's statewide bodies don't) if you face any sort of retaliation for acting in solidarity with fellow UC workers.

Despite the university’s attempts to trick students and workers into blaming each other for our hardships, we know that our interests are intrinsically connected while the real blame lies with the university’s (and the state’s) priorities. Meeting the needs of both students and workers is only possible through collective struggle because when students and workers fight, we win!


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