Dear Skilled Trades Teamsters,
We would like to wish all our Skilled Trades Teamsters a happy Skilled Trades Day! This day is meant to recognize the critical and under-appreciated work that Skilled Trades workers do to keep our country running. Our 2,300 Skilled Trades Teamsters make California State University and University of California work every day, and we are standing together in our Union to make sure that we are fairly treated and compensated for our hard work.
This year our skilled trades members are gearing up to bargain new contracts with CSU, UC Merced, and a reopener with UC Irvine. We have been hard at electing and training our bargaining teams, doing the necessary research, and preparing our strategic contracts campaigns. Our bargaining teams and our members are ready to take whatever action is necessary to win strong contract with fair pay and benefits, protection of our work, and rights in the workplace.
We are also hard at work on our legislative priorities. For our CSU Skilled Trades Teamsters, we are co-sponsoring AB 369 with our sister union CSUEU to restore salary step increases for CSU employees after more than 20 years without them. This would bring CSU in line with other state employers and help ensure years of loyal service are rewarded at CSU. If you haven’t already, you can quickly and easily let your state representative that they need to support this critical legislation here.
For our UC Skilled Trades Teamsters, we are sponsoring SB 698 to hold UC accountable for payroll and accrual errors with the implementation of UCPath statewide. We are also working on legislation to protect our work from contracting out to substandard non-union contractors.
Sign up here if you are ready to take action on these legislative priorities and if you are interested in being a part of our upcoming Sacramento Lobby Day.
Click here to register for our upcoming Stewards Trainings in Southern California this June.
Together, let’s make 2019 another banner year for Skilled Trades Teamsters!
Skilled Trades Director