A union announced Thursday that University of California workers will strike for five days in January, a move aimed to disrupt operations as students and faculty return from winter break. Teamsters from Local 2010 said that the strike would protest the “numerous violations” of state labor law and unfair practices; they claim insufficient wages to administrative, clerical and support jobs such as elevator operators, plumbers and electricians.
The strike, on Jan. 6-10, appears focused on affecting the functions at UCLA and UC San Diego, where there are medical centers and construction sites. The same union held a 24-hour strike in November on both campuses.
“Skilled trades workers have not had a raise in four years at UCLA, and in two years at UC San Diego,” the union says in a statement.
Teamsters Local 2010 represents 12,000 administrative support workers across the system, including more than 800 electricians, elevator mechanics, plumbers and facilities workers on the two campuses.