State-Wide Strike Hits All Campuses, Medical Centers
Administrative and clerical workers at the University of California (UC) went on strike on Tuesday, January 10 at all 10 campuses and medical centers of the university system. Teamsters Local 2010, which represents the 12,000 workers, has been in contract negotiations with the university since August, 2016, and they have been fighting for fair wage increases.
In recent studies by both the Economic Policy Institute and Occidental College, it was found that 92 percent of UC workers struggle to afford basic necessities, including sufficient food. The state-wide strike followed the five-day strike at UCLA which began on January 6 by skilled trades workers.
Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 2010 said in an interview with labor radio host Leslie Marshall, “The University of California, one of the richest in the country, has not been fair to these workers,” Rabinowitz said. “It is a public institution…but it’s been failing in its mission to serve the public. Executive pay has certainly been sky rocketing, but the university has not been fair to either the students of working-class families or to the workers themselves.”