Union Members Say UC Punished Clerical Workers For Striking

  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

The union that represents UC clerical workers is investigating alleged UC retaliation against union members for going on strike last month.

Coalition of University Employees members allege UC unfairly docked pay from their September paychecks. The strike, members said, should instead be reflected in October wages.

"UC went out of their way to withhold pay," said union member Elinor Levine. "They took daily roll call (during the strike), calling all the supervisors to see who was not there. Payroll forms were already submitted (by union workers) at the time of the strike. UC went to great lengths to deduct pay from Sept. 1 (wages) instead of Oct. 1 (wages)."

Some employees in the UC Office of the President who went on strike had their direct deposits canceled and were paid with paper checks.

"We see it as a harassment of clerical workers because of our activity," said union executive board member Amatullah Alaji-Sabrie.

Union lawyers are in the process of investigating whether UC's actions were a direct form of retaliation, members said.

UC Berkeley spokesperson Marie Felde said the early pay deductions were not because of the strike, but because workers filled out their time sheet in advance.

Union members said they did not expect to be paid during the time of their strike. According to campus policy, employees will not be paid for days they are on unapproved leave.

UC warned employees of the policy prior to the strike.

In addition, a memo released yesterday by Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Horace Mitchell and Executive Vice Chancellor Provost Paul Gray again notified employees that those who took part in the strike and did not have their leave approved would have their pay withheld.

"Steps will need to be taken to adjust pay records for employees for whom leave was not approved," the memo stated.

Many departments required medical verification for sick-leave absences during the strike.

This is not the first time pay has been withheld from employees. Last year UC faced the same situation when graduate student instructors went on strike, Felde said.

UC Office of the President officials declined to comment.


Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Image Student regent resigns after sex crime allegations
Jesse Cheng officially announced his resignation from his positio...Read More»
Image Pet shop may occupy planned Goodwill
After failed negotiations with the landlord and resistance from the busines...Read More»
Image Campus graduate takes new first steps
UC Berkeley's graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whi...Read More»
Image Regents rescind part of approval
The ongoing legal battle surrounding revisions to the building plans for th...Read More»
Image UC spared additional cuts in budget revision
While the University of California escaped further funding reductions M...Read More»
Image UC Board of Regents wary of unreliable state funds
SAN FRANCISCO - Following the release of Gov. Jerry Brown's revis...Read More»
Right Arrow

Job Postings

White Space