Green Party supports Thursday strike set by low-wage workers at the University of California,asks UC to bargain in good faith
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Thursday, April 14, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Kevin McKeown, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-393-3639,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
OAKLAND (April 13, 2005) – The Green Party of California has pledged its
support and solidarity with low-wage workers at all 10 University of
California campuses who have announced that a campus-wide strike will begin
this Thursday morning.
AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees)
union members voted overwhelmingly in March to authorize a system-wide
strike on behalf of 7,300 workers against the UC to protest bad faith
bargaining. Workers have not had a contract for nearly a year, and earn
much less than workers at other state colleges.
Greens are expected to honor the picket lines and join strikers on the
front lines. The GPCA platform states employees in the U.S. and around the
world have the right to organize and operate a democratic, member-run
union to assure their workplace rights.
"Suppressed wages and the cost of living in Berkeley force many workers to
spend hours commuting on public transit. Low paid UC workers live in
Oakland's district 2, in Hayward, Richmond, and even more outlying areas.
I support the April 14th actions of AFSCME, and call on the UC
administration to negotiate in good faith and work toward a fair and
livable wage for the AFSCME workers," said Aimee Allison, candidate in the
Oakland city council district 2 race of May 17
"Many of my coworkers cannot support their families while UC gave out
hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses to chancellors this past year.
But they withheld money earmarked for workers when Arnold failed to honor
his promises. We haven't had a raise in three years and the students,
faculty and staff of the University suffer," said Hank Chapot, Green Party
member and gardener at UC Berkeley.
AFSCME Local 3299 has filed unfair labor practice charges demanding UC stop
interfering with members' rights and attempting to intimidate them.
Negotiations have stalled on more than 30 issues, including fair wages and
an end to discrimination and favoritism in hiring and promotions. UC
service employees are mostly immigrants and minorities who have not
received a raise in more than two years. A recent report found that almost
half of UC's service workers earned wages too low to support a four-person
family even if they had a working spouse.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437