Court orders end of UAW strike on UC campuses

A Superior Court judge today (June 7) granted a temporary restraining order to the University of California, temporarily ending the illegal system-wide strike by employees represented by the UAW on all campuses.

The action comes after the UC filed a lawsuit and sought an injunction Tuesday against the UAW for breach of contract. The UC and UAW have collective bargaining agreements that each include no-strike clauses. UC employees represented by the UAW began the strike on May 20 at UC Santa Cruz and the strike has spread to six of the system’s ten campuses.

“We are extremely grateful for a break from this strike so our students can complete their college education. The strike would have caused irreversible setbacks in students’ academic performance and could have blocked critical research projects in the final term,” said Associate Melissa Matella. vice president of systemwide labor relations.

“From the beginning, we stated that this strike was illegal and a violation of the mutually agreed no-strike clauses in our contracts,” Matella added. “We respect progressive advocacy and action on issues that matter to our community and its rights. to engage in legal free speech activities – activities that continue to occur throughout the system. However, the UAW strike has no relation to employment conditions, violates the parties’ agreements and goes against established labor principles.

While this is an important and critical victory to support student success, the University will continue to pursue legal action in state courts and PERB to protect labor peace overall of the system.

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