Teamsters Local 2010 Contract Struggle


WHEREAS, the University of California is one of the nation’s largest university systems, with 10 campuses, five medical centers and three national laboratories;

WHEREAS, the University of California negotiates with eight different unions about the employment terms of more than 60,000 of its employees statewide;

WHEREAS, Teamsters Local 2010 (formerly known as the Coalition of University Employees “CUE”) represents 14,000 clerical employees, medical assistantsand allied service employees at 10 campuses of the University of California (UC), including medical centers and national laboratories;

WHEREAS, Local 2010’s contract with the University expired in September 2008 and UC’s final offer provided for no pay raises;

WHEREAS, in May 2010, CUE voted to affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and a charter for those workers was granted establishing Local 2010;

WHEREAS, UC’s clerical and allied services workforce is 81 percent female and more than half of the University’s professional and support staff, which includes the clerical workforce, is made up of people of color;

WHEREAS, Teamsters Local 2010 is under attack like public sector locals everywhere and because they have been without a pay raise for four years, these Teamsters struggle to afford basic food and housing for their families even though the University of California is a profitable enterprise taking advantage of a state budget crisis, which provides 30 percent of their budget; and

WHEREAS, Local 2010, in conjunction with Teamster Joint Councils 7 and 42, the Public Services Division and departments at the IBT, have been actively involved in a state-wide campaign to achieve a fair contract;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters demand that the University of California immediately stop its discriminatory practices and reach a fair agreement with Local 2010 that includes reasonable wages and benefits;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters support all actions of Joint Councils 7 and 42 to build Teamster power at UC by increasing Local 2010’s membership and maintaining an aggressive contract campaign; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED, that all Teamster locals, especially those in California, be prepared to support our Teamster UC sisters and brothers with solidarity in the event that Local 2010 needs to strike to achieve a just and fair contract.