Judge's order halts planned strike by UC workers pending July 22 hearing
By Claudia Luther July 11, 2008 Category: Campus News
A union representing 8,500 University of California service workers, including approximately 2,225 at UCLA, was enjoined Friday from moving forward with a strike that was to have begun as early as Monday, July 14.
The temporary restraining order issued by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Mahoney also enjoined UC service workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) from inducing 11,000 UC patient-care technical workers, including 3,200 at UCLA, to engage in strike activities. Mahoney set a July 22 hearing for AFSCME to show cause why he should not issue a preliminary injunction barring the strike.
The court order was sought at the request of the Public Employment Relations Board, the state agency for overseeing collective bargaining for public institutions like the University of California.
Among the 2,225 UCLA service workers represented by AFSCME are cooks, servers and other food service and catering personnel; custodians, groundskeepers and other facilities and maintenance employees; campus shuttle drivers, information kiosk and other transportation services workers; and food service, custodial and housekeeping personnel at UCLA medical facilities in Westwood and Santa Monica and at their affiliated medical school. Patient-care technical workers include radiology, respiratory and operating room technicians and licensed vocational nurses.
The union's contract with the UC system expired earlier this year, and the parties have been unable to agree on terms of a new agreement. The UC Office of the President, which handles labor contract negotiations on behalf of the 10 UC campuses and affiliated medical centers, posted a news release on July 11 regarding the temporary restraining order.
UCLA values the contributions of all employees, who perform critical duties that support teaching and research and provide service to students and patients, and is hopeful of a fair and equitable resolution soon. The UC system strives to offer its employees the most competitive salaries and benefits within available resources.