After voting on Oct. 8 and 9, members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299, the University of California’s largest employee union joined in solidarity with University Professional Technical Employee-Communications Workers of America (UPTE-CWA), another union that represents 15,000 UC workers.
This strike follows the three-day walk-out last May, in which 53,000 workers across the UC system protested against the UC’s practice of outsourcing jobs. Since then, negotiations between the union and the UCs have stalled. Prior to the walk-out in May, AFSCME 3299 published their own research report of the UC system titled Pioneering Inequality, showing data that demonstrated a widening income inequality within the UC system.
Videography: Fabiola Esqueda, Dominick Ojeda
Editing: Fabiola Esqueda, Yanqi Yang