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.
Hey, it beats the heck out of working!! Might as well start using those personal time-off days.
2017-01-10 12:00 PM
LOL, what a dismal turn-out. I used to be part of CUE/Teamsters. There is a strong dislike for the Union among Teamster employee's on campus. Their emails/communication are very strongly worded and one sided, and try to anger everyone. Good luck with that, Teamsters.
2017-01-10 12:45 PM
ucsf just outsourced their IT jobs to India and has layed off workers training the new employees. Meanwhile they are educating IT students. Please protest to Jerry Brown.
2017-01-10 01:38 PM
awww poor snowflakes. they must not be doing too badly if they can take time off to strike.
2017-01-10 02:06 PM
probably on the payroll as they strike-
Go back to work or go home!
2017-01-10 04:48 PM
UCSB: where the students protest increases in tuition while the problem remains the underlying costs of a bloated UC system. Sure, protest to Jerry Brown about IT overshoring. Then ask him to reduce the UC overhead even more.
2017-01-10 07:26 PM
I'm on the liberal side, but employment is only going to get worse, with tech advances like AI and robotics. Enjoy that job while you've got it, and good luck to young kids these days. Same to all Americans dreaming of the good old days. Out of work? Out of luck. Can't afford kids? Don't have them.
2017-01-11 08:58 AM
UC employees have some of the best jobs and benefits in the world. Everyone in the for-profit workplace knows about their benefits and compensation not to mention the low work loads. It is very hard to support thier strike for "more, more, more"; especially when the money comes out of the pockets of students and taxpayers.
2017-01-11 10:12 AM
The UC administration should be ashamed of using Heritage Foundation arguments against their employees. These are clerical folks who live in California where the costs are high and the University is located. Comparing such employee salaries to other parts of the nation is absurd. I know that the administration and faculty do not accept salaries based on the going rate in the midwest or south. Stop paying for "Noble Names" and football and basketball coaches and start paying fairly for workers.
2017-01-11 10:45 AM
The system may be bloated, but that's NOT the underlying problem - no, the cost of a college education began to skyrocket AFTER federal loan guarantees and grants became available.
At first, student loans were treated just like any other consumer loan, and many people took advantage of the fact that if they were "unavailable" for whatever amount of time it took for their "debt" to expire, they would never have to pay up - I used to work with a guy who bragged about all the other people he met while "teaching" English in Japan.
I remember asking my coworker how you teach English to Japanese students if you don't speak Japanese, he just laughed because the punch line was that already spoke English - he taught "American".
Anyway, once the idea that borrowing to pay for college is what "successful" people do, the "English teacher" loophole was closed - now your student debt NEVER expires.
2017-01-11 11:35 AM
@947- they weren't getting paid. Strikers have an unpaid work day if they choose to join the picket line. Have you no clue what it means to strike?
2017-01-11 01:17 PM
Just fire them and hire people who WANT to work.
2017-01-11 01:43 PM
151P - Anyone who says that from the sidelines should be forced to take the job in question.
2017-01-11 02:13 PM
156P- So true. So so true. Also- that "you are entirely replaceable" management attitude costs a person more in turnover than investing in the employees that they have.
2017-01-11 04:25 PM
129 - no, I don't but then again I don't belong to a union.
2017-01-12 09:52 AM
I have never seen a clear analysis of the finances of the UC system to show why the admin staff have increased as state aid has decreased, causing tuitions to go up. Once they explain that, then we will know how much we have to pay the admin staff.
As an aside, could the UC system please stop buying private property and taking it off of the tax rolls? They shouldn't get a pass on paying taxes as that obscures the true cost of their decisions.
2017-01-12 01:28 PM
When are people going to understand 'entry level jobs' are just that. You need to study/gain a skill to move to a higher paid job. We have too many unskilled people earning big wages, then those jobs get 'outsourced'. They have priced themselves out of the market. I don't understand why a McDonald's employee/UCSB entry level person expects to make what a skilled technician/engineer/scientist makes!!! It makes no sense!!! I agree, terminate them and hire people that want to work!!!
2017-01-12 02:25 PM
All you grumpy anti-union people are never going to get what you want. The public employee unions influence the elections in a big way and the polticians will never try to bust them.
You can't blame the workers for trying to get as much as they can. Why shouldn't they follow the example of the CEOs and get more than they are worth? The system won't change until the taxes aren't enough to sustain the pension system. Once it is bankrupt, maybe the courts will allow pension reductions?
2017-01-12 04:53 PM
@290- Not all clerical positions on campus are necessarily "entry level". Plenty are, but not all. The way jobs are classified on campus is kind of arbitrary. Additionally, the skills you need to work at a desk on campus are SLIGHTLY different than that to work at a McDonalds. That comparison is kind of exaggerated. Taken directly from the description above: "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.". I hope a research assistant isn't considered on the same job skill level as a McDonalds cashier?
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