Views from the California Labor Movement
Capital & Main – UC Clerical Workers: Nickel and Dimed in a High-Rent Economy
by Jim Crogan
Serious contract negotiations are now underway between the University of California system and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents nearly 14,000 clerical workers and administrative support staff. At issue is a union-proposed, five-year contract that includes six percent annual raises, plus cost of living increases and a freeze on employee parking rates, according to Teamsters Local 2010 spokesperson Christian Castro. The raises and benefits, Castro told Capital & Main, will “just get our clerical and administrative workers back to where they were financially in 2012.” Castro claimed that the employees had suffered a 24 percent cut in real wages over the past 18 years.
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