Strike Action - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November 12, 2019

 Vice Chancellor, Administration


Dear Colleagues:

What’s happening?
A one-day strike action is planned on campus by the AFSCME labor union on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  

  • AFSCME employees in the Service Unit and the Patient Care Technical Unit will be engaged in a strike commencing at 12 am (midnight) Wednesday, November 13, 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 midnight 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 on Wednesday 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 continue 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 limited 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 serve 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. 

Where are possible picket locations?
While you may encounter strike activity at any entry point to campus, we understand that a possible picket location may be 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 Fisher
Vice-Chancellor, Administration

Eugene Whitlock
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources


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