University of California, San Diego


April 13, 2005



AFSCME One-Day Strike - April 14, 2005

For approximately one year, the University of California (UC) and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have been engaged in collective bargaining for a new labor contract for employees in the Service Unit. At UCSD, the AFSCME union represents approximately 950 employees including custodians, groundskeepers, food service workers, transportation and parking services workers, and building maintenance workers. While the parties have not yet reached agreement on a contract, it is the University's intention to continue working with the AFSCME representatives to arrive at an agreement.

AFSCME has provided notice of its intent to hold a one-day UC strike at all campuses, including UCSD, on Thursday, April 14th. The University Office of the President has stated that the strike will be illegal, because the University and AFSCME have not yet completed the statutorily mandated impasse process. The University also believes that AFSCME has failed to participate in the impasse process in good faith and has advised the various unions of its position on this matter.

Should the strike occur, UCSD's normal operations will continue during the one-day job action. Classes will be held on schedule at their regular locations and most campus services will continue as usual. If you experience service delays or interruptions, we ask for your patience during this brief period. If you have special needs, please contact the responsible UCSD department.

If you are represented by a union, you may be asked to support the strike. If you are covered by a contract that is in effect, you are subject to the terms and conditions of the "No Strikes" article of your contract that prohibits any activities that interfere directly or indirectly with University operations. Contracts in effect include the Academic Student Employees (SWU/UAW), Non-Senate Faculty (AFT) and Librarians (AFT), Patient Care Technical Employees (AFSCME), Police Officers (FUPOA), Nurses (CNA), Health Care Professionals (UPTE), and Skilled Crafts (SETC).

The University expects all employees to report to work on April 14th. Any picket lines are expected to be peaceful demonstrations. If you plan to be absent, notify your supervisor. If you call in on the day of the strike and request leave for illness, you will be required to provide medical documentation upon your return. If medical confirmation is not provided, your absence may not be approved and you will not be paid. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. We appreciate the essential role of all members of the UCSD community in carrying out the University's mission of teaching, research, public service and patient care during this time.

If you have any questions about this matter, please contact your supervisor.

Rogers Davis
Assistant Vice Chancellor -
Human Resources