Our sisters and brothers in the Patient Care Technical bargaining unit of AFSCME Local 3299 have been fighting for a fair contract. But instead of doing the right thing and agreeing to fair wages and benefits, the University has chosen to impose its last and final offer. Therefore, the Patient Care Technical workers have called for a three-day strike beginning Tuesday, October 23 with the AFSCME Service Workers and UPTE-CWA Healthcare, Research, and Technical Workers striking in solidarity.
Teamsters Local 2010 supports the fight of our Union sisters and brothers and call on all UC Teamsters to show their support as well. All UC employees deserve a decent standard of living and the basic workplace rights and dignity that come with a fair Union contract. We understand that just as we gain strength by standing together with our co-workers in our own Union, we are stronger when we as a Union stand together with the other Unions at the University.
We remind all UC Teamsters that our Contract contains a no-strike clause, which means that Teamster bargaining unit members may not strike during the term of the contract. In other words, we may not refuse to go to work in support of another Union’s strike, nor may we engage in strike activity during our work time.
However, we are free to engage in activities in support of our sisters and brothers in other Unions – such as attending rallies or picket lines – during personal non-work time, which includes meal and rest breaks. Additionally, while we are entitled during the strike to all forms of leave normally available under the Contract, keep in mind that sick leave, as always, may only be used for the purposes set forth in the Contract, i.e., your own illness or that of a family member.
Click on the link for times and locations for picket lines and rallies during the strike. We call on all UC Teamsters to support your co-workers in the Patient Care Technical unit in their struggle for a fair contract!