We are pleased to announce that UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have agreed to extend 14 days of paid administrative leave to workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have granted this leave to workers who cannot work due to their children’s school or day care closures and are unable to work from home. UCR has also granted the leave to all who can’t work because the campus has closed its operations and they are unable to work from home.
Our Union has reiterated the demand for a minimum of 14 days paid administrative time off for all University of California workers. For UC Riverside workers, we are fighting to ensure that no Teamsters members experience a loss of pay and benefits and that there be a moratorium on layoffs.
In our latest communication with UC administration, Teamsters Secretary-Treasurer Jason Rabinowitz wrote:
“In light of the school closures, UC’s current policy is totally inadequate and needs to be corrected in time for Monday’s closures. Specifically, current policy requires employees who can’t work due to school or day care closure to utilize their own accrued leave balances. Further, there is no provision for administrative leave to be provided in the event that an employee’s leave bank is exhausted. This needs to be corrected to provide for paid administrative leave of no less than 14 days for employees who can’t work due to school closures.”
Our Union again demanded that UC administration meet and confer with us “regarding the myriad crucial issues affecting terms and conditions of employment for our members…”
Our Union is working diligently behind the scenes to make sure worker health, safety, and pay are as secure as possible during this difficult time. If you have questions about your rights, or feel your rights are being violated, please contact your Union Representative.