UCLA Maintenance Workers To Strike When Students Return From Winter Break

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Maintenance staff at the University of California – Los Angeles have scheduled a strike to begin Jan. 6, in conjunction with the return of students from winter break, according to EC&M.

The union that represents 600 electricians, plumbers, janitors and other members of UCLA’s support staff voted to strike, demanding higher wages. The strike is scheduled to take place after students return from winter break in an effort to maximize disruption.

Teamsters Local 2010 represents the hundreds of skilled-trade workers at UCLA. The employees contend that the university system is refusing to negotiate over pay for back wages.

The union specifically said that the strike vote was motivated by UCLA’s “bad faith bargaining and numerous violations of labor law.” Workers will walk out for five days from Jan. 6 -10.

In a separate action, over 12,000 clerical and administrative employees plan to hold a one-day strike over wages on Jan. 10 at all 10 University of California campuses and five medical centers, the Teamsters confirmed.

UCLA said that it plans to remain open throughout the labor unrest.

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