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Campus Strike Action: October 23-26

Dear Colleagues:

What’s happening?
Strike action is planned on campus by two of our labor unions next week between Tuesday, October 23 and Friday, October 26, 2018.

How did we get here?
Negotiations between the University and AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) for a new contract covering the Patient Care Technical Unit (includes hospitals, assistants, pharmacy technicians, radiologists and opticians) have concluded without the parties reaching an agreement on a new contract. Earlier this year, the University and AFSCME representing the Service Unit (includes custodians, food service workers, groundworkers, bus drivers, and truck drivers) could not reach an agreement on a new contract. The University and UPTE (University Professional & Technical Employees), which represents employees in the Health Care Professional Unit, Staff Research Unit and Technical unit, are currently in negotiations over new contracts to replace the contract that expired earlier this year.

The University has been informed of the following strike action:

  • AFSCME employees in the Patient Care Technical Unit will be on strike from 4:00am, Tuesday, October 23 through 3:59am, Friday, October 26, 2018.

  • AFSCME employees in the Service Unit will be on strike from 4:00am, Tuesday, October 23 through 3:59am on Friday, October 26, 2018.

  • UPTE employees in the Technical, Research Support Professional, and Health Care Professional Units will be on strike from 4:00am, Tuesday, October 23 through 3:59am, Friday, October 26, 2018.

What can I expect on campus?
Classes will remain as scheduled, offices will be open, and the campus will provide normal or equivalent services. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors will likely encounter picket lines at some entrances to the campus and buildings. Please remember that the law protects the right of all individuals to cross picket lines. In all previous employee strikes on campus, picketers have been very committed to their point of view but respectful of the views of others. We anticipate that this will continue.

The campus will experience some inconveniences, such as no stack parking and delayed deliveries. The Loop will continue to be available to students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. Night Safety shuttles will operate. Perimeter buses may not run; however, AC Transit has routes that traverse the campus. There will be no shuttle service to Campus Shared Services or the Richmond Field Station. Information on the Loop and AC Transit alternatives can be found on the Parking and Transportation website. Campus areas will be prioritized for custodial services. While mail will be delivered to campus, there will be delays in UPS deliveries.

Where are possible picket locations?
While you may encounter strike activity at any entry point to campus, we understand that possible picket locations may include Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue.

What if I have additional questions?
Managers and supervisors with questions about the strike are encouraged to contact Labor Relations at labrel@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-6001. More information for managers and supervisors  and employees can be found on our HR website.

For facilities questions, please contact Facilities Services.

For parking and transportation questions, contact Parking & Transportation.

For up-to-date information about campus operations during the strike, please consult the UC Berkeley NewsCenter.

We continue to be hopeful that the University and the unions will soon reach agreement on the issues outstanding between them.

Sincerely,

Marc and Jo

Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration
Jo Mackness, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor-HR