December 10, 2023

Expert trades staff at 22 Cal State College campuses plan to carry an unfair labor observe strike Tuesday, Nov. 14, claiming their wages fall far beneath that of UC staff who do the identical work.

The announcement follows a vote by 94% of union members final month to authorize a walkout.

Teamsters Native 2010, which represents 1,100 staff within the Cal State system, stated the college has exhibited unhealthy religion bargaining amid stalled labor negotiations.

Jason Rabinowitz, the union’s secretary-treasurer, stated CSU administration has interfered with its members’ rights to interact in union exercise by altering work guidelines, eradicating Teamster indicators and supplies from break rooms and threatening retaliation for collaborating in a strike.

“Our members have had sufficient and are taking to the picket line,” he stated. “We don’t need to strike, however they don’t seem to be bargaining with us.”

Regionally, the walkout will have an effect on CSU campuses in Northridge, Los Angeles, Lengthy Seaside, Pomona, Camarillo and San Bernardino.

In a press release issued Monday, CSU stated it doesn’t imagine the Teamsters’ deliberate strike is lawful.

“Ought to a strike happen, all CSU universities will stay open and have contingency plans in place to take care of full college operations with as minimal disruption as attainable for college kids, college, workers, and guests to our campuses,” officers stated.

The employees — together with plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, auto mechanics and locksmiths, amongst others — carry out myriad jobs throughout the college system associated to high school services resembling pupil housing, lecture rooms and sports activities venues.

Their labor contract expired June 30, and CSU administration has declined to take part in additional negotiations, Rabinowitz stated.

“A state mediator was introduced in on Oct. 31 to assist resolve the dispute, however nothing got here of that,” he stated. “They don’t seem to be bargaining in good religion.”

The Teamsters are demanding a good contract that addresses the college system’s “damaged wage construction.” They are saying CSU pay lags behind that of comparable UC staff by a mean of 23.6% when evaluating UC and CSU campuses in the identical county.