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AFSCME 3299 Cancels Strike, Announces "Historic" Agreement for UC Service Workers
by AFSCME Local 3299
Thursday Feb 27th, 2014 12:59 PM
Oakland: The University of California and AFSCME 3299 have reached an historic, tentative, 4-year contract agreement for the system’s 8300 Service Workers. As a result, next week’s scheduled strike by AFSCME 3299 represented UC workers has been cancelled.

For UC Service workers affected by the agreement—99% of whom are currently income eligible for some form of public assistance—the potential settlement includes 13.5% across the board wage increase (over 4 years), affordable healthcare benefits for both current employees and retirees, and important new safe staffing protections—including limits on contracting out.

“After more than a year of good faith bargaining, we have finally reached a historic agreement with UC that will pull thousands of its full-time employees out of poverty and begin to rectify staffing practices that needlessly put our members and the people they serve at risk,” said UC Service Worker and AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger. “While this proposed settlement includes compromise on both sides, it honors the contributions that career service workers make to this institution, as well as UC’s responsibility to build ladders to the middle class. Our members are deeply grateful to the thousands of students, faculty, colleagues, elected officials, and everyday taxpayers who have stood with us, and stood for the principles of fairness and dignity that bind every member of the UC community.”

While UC Service Workers have secured a tentative agreement, the 13,000 UC Patient Care Technical Workers represented by AFSCME 3299 remain in bargaining with UC, with more sessions scheduled for later this week. The Patient Care Technical Unit had been scheduled to sympathy strike with Service Workers next week.

“The Patient Care Unit has been engaged in good faith bargaining for more than 20 months—even longer than Service Workers—and like Service workers, has already given UC 80% of what it wants, including the university’s top priority of pension reform,” Lybarger added. “Having seen the unflinching resolve of our membership and the many thousands of Californians who support them, it is our hope that the spirit of compromise that UC finally brought to the table yesterday to reach a settlement with UC Service workers will continue in upcoming bargaining sessions with the Patient Care Technical Unit. If it does, we believe that an end to this unfortunate, protracted dispute may finally be within reach, and a new period of cooperation can begin."

AFSCME 3299 is the University of California’s largest union, and represents more than 22,000 Service and Patient Care Technical Workers at the system’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, numerous clinics and research laboratories. Visit us online at http://www.afscme3299.org, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/afscme3299.


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by UAW 2865
Thursday Feb 27th, 2014 1:24 PM
Student workers at UC Santa Cruz, represented by UAW 2865, still plan to strike on March 5
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/02/27/18751634.php#18751653
by Student Worker Justice Network
Thursday Feb 27th, 2014 5:34 PM
UPDATE: AFSCME 3299 has won a great contract from UC for its nearly 8,000 Service Workers! This is a historic victory and everyone who supported the fight should feel proud of what we've accomplished--BUT our work is not done yet! UC has still not settled with over 12,000 Patient Care Workers. They are bargaining today and tomorrow. They are asking supporters to call Janet Napolitano at 510-987-9074, to remind her that we will not stop fighting until UC provides Patient Care workers the fair wage increases, staffing protections, and job security they deserve. REPOST THIS AND SHARE WIDELY!