January 10, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Los Angeles, CA – Teamsters Union members at the University of California at Los Angeles will go on strike for five days beginning Jan. 6 to demand higher wages.
Members of Local 2010, which represents skilled trade workers at the campus and its affiliated hospitals, have been in contract talks with the university since August and authorized a strike last month. A UCLA spokesperson said the union had rejected a proposal for a 26.6% pay increase over four years. Local 2010 has proposed a similar smaller raise, but with about two-thirds of it coming immediately and a ratification bonus of 20% of a year’s salary. Meanwhile, administrative and clerical workers throughout the University of California system will stage a one-day strike Jan. 10. The university system has offered a 12% to 18% raise over five years, but the Teamsters said that is not enough to make up for a 24% decline in their wages’ purchasing power since 1999. An Occidental College survey found 70% of Teamsters workers in the UC system have trouble affording enough food. Read more