UCSB Staff Strike Over Contract Dispute
updated: Jan 10, 2017, 10:34 AM
By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com
University of California employees went on strike throughout California campuses over contract disputes Tuesday morning.
Thousands of workers on campuses and hospitals across California are expected to walk off the job for one day to protest UC's negotiating tactics in a dispute over wages.
Several edhat readers wrote in to report UC Santa Barbara staff and employees, as part of the Teamsters 2010 union, picketing near the Henley Gate entrance to campus.
The Teamsters Local 2010 is the Union of 14,000 employees throughout the University of California (UC) system. The employees include research assistants, library assistants, and financial aid workers, as well as people who schedule medical appointments, check in patients and send out bills at campus hospitals.
According to the Teamster 2010 website, employees are protesting numerous unfair labor practices and violations of state law committed by the UC system. "By striking we will be making a display of strength, to pressure UC to bargain in good faith, and bolstering our fight to lift the wages of CX-Unit and help prevent hunger among many full-time UC workers and their families," the website states.
The employee contracts expired on November 30 while UC and the Teamsters have been negotiating over wages since April.
The UC said the university was offering clerical employees "market-competitive wage increases, good benefits and stability" in a recent statement.