Teamsters Local 2010 has been working around the clock to make sure that workers’ safety, jobs, pay and benefits are protected for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Teamsters Union has a proud tradition of stepping up to serve the community in times of crisis, and the 1,100 Teamsters workers at CSU are ready to work hard and do our part to keep CSU essential functions running to serve the state. At the same time, our Union is working to ensure that only essential workers are called to work, those who are working are safe, and that all workers’ rights are protected, including emergency pay.
Our Union has demanded that CSU prevent layoffs, curtailments or any loss of pay and benefits to CSU workers for the duration of this crisis.
Our Secretary-Treasurer is on a conference call with CSU administration every day to raise and expedite our issues and concerns.
From the start, Teamsters have insisted that all workers unable to work due to the crisis receive paid leave. We are pleased that CSU has now agreed to three weeks of paid leave. Our Union will continue to insist that CSU extend this program and ensure that workers have no loss of pay for the duration of coronavirus restrictions.
Across the state, our Union has been fighting for every workplace to be kept safe, and demanded immediate correction of insufficient social distancing, lack of personal protective equipment and other health issues affecting “essential” workers. We have demanded that only workers who are essential be called in to work, and that those who are 65+ or otherwise at risk be sent home with pay.
Teamsters has also demanded that CSU provide emergency pay, as required by our contract, to those who are called in to work when a campus is effectively closed and other workers are sent home with pay. We have filed grievances on several campuses and have advised CSU that if the issue is not resolved, we would file a statewide grievance on it. CSU has told us they are working on the issue and have promised a response shortly.
Local 2010 COVID-19 Webpage
We have created a COVID-19 Updates section on our Teamsters 2010 website at www.teamsters2010.org. This page contains a wealth of information and resources to help our members during this crisis. There is a section specifically for CSU employees and other pages for state, county and local government updates that apply to workers and working conditions. There is a campus-by-campus listing on the CSU information page with links to your campus COVID-19 informational page, frequently asked questions, memos and directives our Union has received directly impacting Teamsters, and more.
Governor Newsom has issued a statewide stay-at-home order, and many California counties have issued similar orders. These orders generally exempt higher education and healthcare institutions, and therefore do not apply to CSU operations. Nevertheless, CSU has significantly changed operations to reduce the number of people coming to campuses. Teamsters have demanded that only essential personnel be required to come in to work, and that workers be permitted to work remotely, or if remote work is not possible, to be provided paid leave. We have further demanded that those who are required to work be provided a safe workplace.
Both northern and southern California Teamsters 2010 offices are closed to the public during this health emergency, but representatives are available to assist members by phone and email. Day-to-day Union operations continue on a remote basis. Please contact your Union Rep by cell phone or email.