Strike Action - Thursday May 16

May 7, 2019

 Vice Chancellor, Administration


Dear Colleagues:

What’s happening?
One day strike action is planned on campus by two of our labor unions on Thursday, May 16, 2019:  

  • AFSCME employees in the Service Unit and the Patient Care Technical Unit will go on strike commencing at 12:00 am Thursday, May 16, 2019 and ending at 11:59 pm that same day.

  • UPTE Health Care Professional Unit employees and Research Professional Unit and Technical Unit employees will also go on strike commencing at 12:00 am Thursday, May 16, 2019 and ending at 11:59 pm that same day.

The strike will commence at midnight, however, employees who are in the midst of their shift at 12:00 am will continue working through the close of their shift and will not leave mid-shift. Striking employees with shifts that start prior to 11:59 pm will remain on strike through the close of their shift and will not report to work mid-shift.   

What can I expect on campus?
Classes will remain as scheduled, offices will be open, and the campus will provide normal or equivalent services. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors will likely encounter picket lines at some entrances to the campus and buildings. Please remember that the law protects the right of all individuals to cross picket lines. In all previous employee strikes on campus, picketers have been very committed to their point of view but respectful of the views of others. We anticipate that this will continue.  

The campus will experience some inconveniences, such as no stack parking and delayed deliveries. The Loop will continue to be available to students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. Night Safety shuttles will operate with reduced buses so wait times might be longer. Perimeter and day shuttle buses may not run; however, AC Transit has routes that traverse the campus. There will be no shuttle service to Campus Shared Services or the Richmond Field Station. Information on the Loop and AC Transit alternatives can be found on the Parking and Transportation website. Campus areas will be prioritized for custodial services. While mail will be delivered to campus, there will be delays in UPS deliveries. IT Client Services will be provided, but might be delayed.

Where are possible picket locations?
While you may encounter strike activity at any entry point to campus, we understand that possible picket locations may include Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue.

What if I have additional questions?
Employees with questions about the strike are encouraged to contact Labor Relations at or (510) 643-6001. More information for employees can be found on our HR website.

We continue to be hopeful that the University and the unions will soon reach agreement on the issues outstanding between them.


Marc and Jo

Marc Fisher
Vice Chancellor, Administration

Jo Mackness
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources – Interim


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