Solidarity Will Win!

We made history! Solidarity will win!

We could not be more inspired and proud to have been part of a historic strike of 53,000 workers fighting for equality at UC.

UPTE, AFSCME, and CNA came out in record numbers to stand up to UC’s greed and remind them who really makes the University run.

We know that the strike was felt – having significant impact on operations in at campuses and medical centers.


What now?

Instead of coming to the table to agree to a fair contract for service workers – or anyone else – we need to be prepared for the same old tactics from UC:

They will try to discredit and downplay the biggest strike of its kind in California history and double-down on their attacks on workers.

They will try to shame us for striking to protect our co-workers, families, patients, and students.

Building our strength as a union

UC is going to play hardball and wait for the Janus v. AFSCME case pending at the Supreme Court. They’re hoping that they can attack us harder if our members drop the union.

We’ll show UC that we will stay strong in the Union. If you haven’t signed a new membership form in the last 6 months, SIGN ONE TODAY.

Thank you to all who participated, because WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! We won’t stop fighting until everyone has the kind of contract that gives them the dignity and respect they deserve.

See below for a sampling of the extensive strike coverage. For more photos and stories, check out and UPTE’s Facebook page.

Our message to UC was heard loud and clear by the public, with wall-to-wall media coverage of the strike. The Sacramento Bee opened its video coverage with UPTE’s president, Jamie McDole, who explained why UPTE members struck in solidarity.

Patient care was foremost in the minds of strikers, according to those interviewed the Los Angeles Times such as UPTE bargainer Greg Wine and CNA-represented nurses who spoke to the Sacramento Bee.

Coverage came from the Los Angeles Times, bay area broadcasters ABC 7 News and CBS 5 News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Diego Union, San Diego’s ABC 7 News, the Merced Sun-StarSanta Barbara Public Radio KCBX, the Santa Cruz SentinelBerkeleysideCBS Sacramento, Riverside’s KCVR, the Orange County Register, and the Sacramento Business Journal, among many others.

National attention came from the Washington PostNational Public RadioCBS NewsNBC News,ThinkProgressIn These TimesDemocracy NowSlate, and Jacobin. Commencement speakers who refused to cross picket lines, such as Sen. Kamala Harris, made headlines in The Hill, the Nonprofit Quarterly,San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times.

Students and professors also declared their support, and student-run media at most campuses covered it, including the San Francisco’s Synapse, Berkeley’s Daily Cal, UCLA’s Daily Bruin, Santa Cruz’s City on a Hill, Riverside’s Highlander, San Diego’s Triton, Santa Barbara’s Daily Nexus, and Davis’ Aggie.