Next Wednesday, AFSCME 3299 will be striking for one day to protest UC’s illegal intimidation and campaign to get workers to drop out of their union. The strike could not be more important – and UC executives know it. If workers want to have a genuine voice at the bargaining table, we need to have all workers voices heard on the picket line. UC cannot be allowed to bully its own employees when they are standing up for what is right.
While UC sometimes attempts to downplay the impact a strike could have, University executives’ anti-strike literature should remind us exactly why it is so important that we be on the picket lines for all shifts that that begin any time on Wednesday April 10 (i.e. between midnight 12am and before 11:59 pm that day).
If UC executives cared about the services that front-line workers provide then they wouldn’t be attempting to undermine our AFSCME 3299 brothers and sisters’ attempts to win a fair contract with their illegal behavior. Strong participation from UPTE members in this strike will send UC executives a powerful message that we aren’t going to let them get away with this – UC needs to respect all workers’ rights.